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Christmas Meditation: December 25, 2014
December 19, 2014 7:27 AM

“A light will shine on us this day: the Lord is born for us.” (Psalm 97)

Today we live in a very different world from the one that Jesus entered over 2000 years ago. His birth was a low-key event witnessed by only a few and even they did not understand the significance of the tiny Babe born under adverse circumstances. It took years for anyone to recognize that He was special. Sadly, some have never accepted or embraced the Christmas story as anything more than a holiday legend.

We have been blessed with many years of Christian tradition as we search for meaning in this Christmas celebration. One lesson we can take from this story is that Jesus was God’s gift to us. The tiny Baby was destined to grow up and live a life of goodness. During His short life, Jesus modeled concern for the sick and poor, He taught forgiveness and mercy, and He always seemed to favor those who were overlooked by society. This is an important lesson for us.

While we have spent Advent patiently waiting to celebrate Christmas, the time has now come to ring bells, sing carols, trim trees, and wrap packages. Our Advent prayers have reminded us that waiting can serve a good purpose and set the tone for the larger event to come.

Now that Christmas is upon us, we can heed the example of Jesus and take time to connect with those around us who are overlooked. Jesus is with us when we acknowledge a beggar, drop a coin in the Salvation Army kettle, smile at a weary sales clerk, or visit a shut-in. These acts of human kindness are our gifts to Jesus. If we extend these practices throughout the year, we continue the work of Jesus.

On behalf of the Hospital Sisters of St. Francis, I extend to you our prayers for a Blessed Christmas. Please click here to view our greeting.

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Posted By Sister Jomary Trstensky, OSF
Assisi Nativity
December 19, 2014 7:20 AM

We invite you to view this video with images from Assisi, Italy including art from the Basilica of St. Francis and the Basilica of St. Clare.

Advent Meditation: Fourth Sunday (December 21, 2014)
December 16, 2014 6:41 AM








“For nothing will be impossible for God.”
(Luke 1:37)

In these final days of Advent, we Christians are immersed amid modern commercialism with all the popular values of our time. Unfortunately, we tend to get caught up in the secular values and neglect the very event that created the entire season. If we ask God, He will do the impossible of keeping us focused on the real preparation for His coming. It is ours to listen to His invitation and cooperate with His plan—just as Mary did when the Angel Gabriel was sent by God to proclaim the news that she would be the mother of His Son.

Advent is a time of waiting and anticipation. As Christians, we wait for the coming of the Messiah, and the Church gives us many activities in our spiritual preparations for the coming of Christ on Christmas. For example, families often have prayers while gathered around an Advent wreath and special practices for every day which continually remind them of the real meaning of the Season. With some effort, we can combine our secular and spiritual preparations for Christmas.

The Jews waited for the promised Messiah for many centuries. We wait only four weeks. How do we spend this time of waiting for Jesus to be born?

The very practice of giving gifts at Christmas has very little meaning if we do not remember that the practice originated with the gift of Jesus to the world. How do we relate the gifts we give and receive to the greatest Gift of all?

Posted By Sister Trudy O'Connor, OSF

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