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 29, 2009

Christmas Continues

For Catholic and Orthodox Christians, Christmas starts on the vigil mass of Dec 24th and continues until the feast of Candelmas, the presentation of Jesus in the Temple, 40 days after December 25th. So as the rest of the world pulls down their Christmas decorations and takes down the tree, we are just starting up! Here's a little snippet from GK Chesterton on Christmas:

It is in the old Christmas carols, the carols which date from the Middle Ages, that we find not only what makes Christmas poetic and soothing and stately, but first and foremost what makes Christmas exciting. The exciting quality of Christmas rests, as do all the other examples I have mentioned, on an ancient and admitted paradox. It rests upon the great paradox that the power and centre of the whole universe may be found in some seemingly small matter that the stars in their courses may move like a moving wheel round the neglected outhouse of an inn. And it is extraordinary to notice how completely this feeling of the paradox of the manger was lost by the brilliant and ingenious theologians, and how completely it was kept in the Christmas carols. They, at least, never forgot that the main business of the story they had to tell was that the absolute once ruled the universe from a cattle stall.


Blogger George Weis said...

Do you mean to say that those folks who leave up the Christmas lights outside for all that time are really Catholics and not just lazy? :D Kidding of course!

I really like this about the old Traditions... It is something worth embracing as are so many things :)

I Love the Chesterton paragraph... that guy could just say things with just the right twist couldn't he?


December 29, 2009 1:27 PM  
Blogger Tiber Jumper said...

speaking of leaving up Christmas decorations, George check out this
post I did 3 years ago:

Yes Chesterton always captures the essence!

December 29, 2009 4:53 PM  
Blogger George Weis said...

Great post there Russ! I thoroughly enjoyed it. I brought up a similar point to my own Evangelical family... although it seems to have made them more careful about images. All those years setting up the nativity inside and outside. Come to think of it, there was even a painting of Mary and baby Jesus in the... Bathroom? Interesting placement :D

At any rate, I do believe it helps us to think on those things that are noble, pure and true. If we must have art why can't at least some of it be sacred?

I just bought the inlaws two beautiful antique western depictions of Jesus and one of Mary "Our Lady of Sorrows"... I kinda wanted to keep them they were so lovely... they had this metallic feeling to various parts of them.

I am actually a sucker for the visual aspect of the Old Traditions. Funny that it used to give me the creeps.


December 29, 2009 7:16 PM  
Blogger Joyful Catholic said...

It's just cool being Catholic! Christmas being not just a 'day' but a season! Bishop Baker on TJH and also Bookmark were great shows! Nice post, TJ

December 30, 2009 2:40 PM  

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