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Let There Be Light: A Christmas Prayer

A Quiet Reflection from Pope Francis In turning on the light of the Christmas tree, we wish for the light of Christ to be in us. A Christmas without light is not Christmas. Let there be light in the soul, in the heart; let there be forgiveness to others; let there be no hostilities or darkness.... Let there be the beautiful light of Jesus. This is my wish for all of you, when you turn on the light of the Christmas tree.
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Sharing Ourselves This Christmas

Every morning before I start to work, I read “the next paragraph” in my Bible at work. On December 6, the feast of Saint Nicholas, my “next paragraph” in Matthew 15:33 was of Jesus feeding the 5,000. My next venture was to follow along in a small Advent booklet (Wait in Joyful Hope: Reflections for Advent with the Blessed Mother) written by Kathleen M. Carroll; the Gospel reading for that day was, (you guessed it) Jesus feeding the 5,000!
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Looking Into the Soul of Christmas

Christmas never was a purely Christian holiday. Like many religious rituals, it has roots in a deeply felt human response to a natural event, the winter solstice, the time when in the northern hemisphere we shift from long dark days to more sunshine. The sun wins out, a situation celebrated by the Romans on around December 25th as Sol Invictus, Sun Unconquered.
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Santa Claus: A Figure of Generosity

A Quiet Reflection from Pope Francis First of all, I would like, with you, to thank the Lord for all his gifts. For it is true that in these days one thinks of Christmas presents, but in reality the one who gives the true gift is he, our Father, who gives us Jesus. Our presents, this beautiful tradition of exchanging presents, should express precisely this: a reflection of the unique gift that is his Son made man and born of the Virgin Mary.
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Mary: The Woman at the Heart of the Christmas Story

A Quiet Reflection from Pope Francis At the message of the angel, she does not hide her surprise. It is the astonishment of realizing that God, to become man, had chosen her, a simple maid of Nazareth. Not someone who lived in a palace amid power and riches, or one who had done extraordinary things, but simply someone who was open to God and put her trust in him, even without understanding everything: “Here I am, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word” (Luke 1:38). That was her answer.
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Advent with Mother Teresa: O Root of Jesse

O root of Jesse's stem, sign of God's love for all his people: come to save us without delay! When we sing the line of the popular Advent hymn, “O come, O Rod of Jesse’s stem, From ev’ry foe deliver them,” the significance of this phrase is lost on many of us. In reality, this line contains the reason for our joy, for it reminds us that no one—no one—is beyond the reach of God’s mercy.
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Friar Pat on the Peace of Christmas

Why is peace so important during Advent and Christmas? How can we spread peace in our homes and in our communities? The best way, Pat McCloskey, OFM, says in this video, is to honestly and humbly live out who we are before God. Enjoy this short meditation. 
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Make Room to Give This Christmas

Everything I own fits in 5-foot-tall, 2-foot-wide, 1-foot-deep locker. Of that space, about 1 square foot is devoted to my clothes. I’ve been wearing the same pair of sweats for three years. I’ve finally decided that I need to buy another pair of sweatpants so that I can work out in the cold and not get my sleeping pair dirty. The main thing holding me back is that I don’t know if I have enough room in my so-called closet.
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St. Anthony Messenger’s 2017 Christmas Gift Guide

We at St. Anthony Messenger have pulled together a few items not only to help you with your Christmas list, but to help others as well. Enjoy these gift suggestions—and Merry Christmas! 
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The Sanctity of Santa

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