Crossed The Tiber

An Evangelical Converts to Catholicism

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I was born into the Catholic faith. At 14, I was "born again" and found Jesus personally but lost His Church. After thirty years as an evangelical protestant, I have come full circle to find that He has been there all the time, in the One, Holy, Catholic and Apostolic Church. I wish others to find the beauty and truth of the Catholic faith as I have found.

Tuesday, December 18, 2007

"Christmas is a Christian Feast."

This statement by Pope Benedict on 12/14/07 made me realize just how far this world has strayed from the reality of the incarnation almost 2000 years ago. There was a time perhaps several hundred years ago, perhaps just 50 years ago, when the leader of the Catholic Church didn't have to remind us of what the real meaning of Christmas is.

"Christmas is a Christian feast," added Benedict XVI in conclusion, "and its symbols, especially the nativity scene and the tree hung with gifts, are important references to the great mystery of the Incarnation and the Birth of Jesus, which are constantly evoked by the liturgy of Advent and Christmas."

Yes, Virginia, there is a Pope. And He tells us that it's not all about Santa Claus.

The liturgy of the Church at this time of year constantly calls us to reflect on the Good News that God has come to us through the Incarnation. The readings at Mass during Advent help us to "prepare Him room."


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