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Announcements for January 3-4, 2015

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The Holy Family, just a threesome? NOT!

We are all familiar with pictures of the Holy Family. Some are pious holy cards, some are sentimental, and some are just cute or silly.

And they are all wrong!

When we think of the Holy Family, we think of Jesus, Mary and Joseph – kind of in isolation.

Growing up as an only child, without siblings or even nearby close relatives, I’m familiar with the image. Continue reading

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Announcements for December 27-28

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St. Francis and the Creche

Did you know that the tradition of the manger scene, such a familiar part of our celebration of Christmas, began with St. Francis of Assisi?

In the year 1223, St. Francis, a deacon, was visiting the town of Grecio to celebrate Christmas. Grecio was a small town built on a mountainside overlooking a beautiful valley. The people had cultivated the fertile area with vineyards. St. Francis realized that the chapel of the Franciscan hermitage would be too small Continue reading

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How Can This Be?

Judaism, Christianity and Islam all worship the same One God. Yet each of the Abrahamic faiths has a different way of understanding God. Each can be summarized with one word.

The word “Israel” translates as “struggle with God,” and that is at the heart of Judaism: a people trying together to make sense of their covenant and how it pertains to their life.

Islam, of course, literally means “submission.” Muslims have a laser focus on the transcendence of God, and the need to submit to his will without question.

For Christianity, the one word that shapes how we experience God is incarnation. In today’s gospel (Luke 1:26-38) with Mary we get the first announcement of such a concept. For centuries people had imagined various ways in which God might save his people, as we do every day. And God’s answer is shocking, unimaginable. He will become one of us. Continue reading

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