It’s Christmas Time!

Don’t forget that the Christmas season has just begun!

As many stores and public places begin to take down their Christmas decorations today and throughout this weekend, remember that Christmas day marks the beginning of the Christmas season. We continue to celebrate the joyous occasion of Christ’s birth through the Epiphany, when the wise men visit Jesus with their gifts.

Let us continue to open our hearts to Christ throughout this whole Christmas season, so we can offer Him our finest gifts this Epiphany. God gave us His only Son. Why don’t we offer ourselves back to Him?

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Let us focus on loving our fallen-away Catholic relatives this Advent

At Catholics Come Home, we receive many e-mails from Catholics who pray fervently, especially during the season of Advent, for their sons, daughters, brothers, sisters, nieces, nephews, neighbors and friends to return to the Catholic Church during this holy time of year. We must not forget that love and prayer are the greatest gifts we can give our family and friends to draw them more deeply into their faith. Our job as Catholics is to plant seeds, and then allow Jesus to convert hearts to Him.

The following article by Rev. John Horgan reminds us that “we can be sure that God wants us to know that He loves our loved ones even more than we do.” He also reflects on the part we must play during this Advent season: “We should pray not just for “them” but for each other, that we be ready for Christmas. We must ask for so much grace that we are radiant with it; that our words be filled with truth and kindness, our hearts with love and divine life. We must pray that everyone who comes into our church may see Jesus reflected in every face, every gesture, everyone that they see. Then they will know that He is alive and true and loving. . . and that there is no one who can compare with Him.”

Read more of this article: http://catholiceducation.org/articles/religion/re0689.html

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