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The Light That Snuck Into The World
Written by Allison Ricciardi, L.M.H.C.   

 

allison nametitleFunny thing about light…no matter how small, it has tremendous power. Darkness simply can’t stand up to the light. Even a small match destroys darkness. Think about that. A small match can literally obliterate darkness.

I was contemplating about this as we entered this season of Advent.  What strikes me is that at His birth, Jesus pretty much “snuck” into this world. No fanfare, no fancy suite at the local inn, no entourage.

He came in quietly and without much fuss. The angels couldn’t contain themselves and told the shepherds, but it certainly didn’t make the evening news. The light had come, and for the most part, no one knew it just yet. In the following days and weeks and years, the world went on as usual.

Yet everything had changed.

 

Read more: The Light That Snuck Into The World  [The Light That Snuck Into The World]
 

  


 

 

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

 

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For to us a child is born,

to us a son is given,

and the government

will be on his shoulders.

And he will be called -

Wonderful Counselor,

Mighty God,

Everlasting Father,

Prince of Peace.

      Isaiah 9:6

 

Nativity1667 - Charles Poerson                                                                      

 

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                                  Blessed Virgin Mary ~ THE MAGNIFICAT - Song Of Praise ~

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Christmas -- Oh, the Humanity!
Written by Christopher Stravitsch, LPC   

 

holy-family-bethlehem st-catherine-church-in-alexandria-located-in-bethlehem 2004-wikimedia-commonsChristmas is a time that truly reveals our humanity.  It is a celebration of Christ entering our human experience, which does not simply refer to God becoming man; rather He really enters into our humanity—with all its beauty, ordinariness, occasional chaos, and stress. 

We often gaze upon picturesque nativity scenes with Mary and Joseph perfectly placed around the peaceful baby Jesus.  A soft light illuminates the resting animals and adoring shepherds.  Indeed this is a moment to worship and rest with God.  But was Christmas really a restful moment?  We sing songs like “Silent Night” but any mother or father could tell you that the first nights and even weeks with a newborn are anything but silent and restful.  They are exhausting!  Parenting is incredibly rewarding, yes, but family life is also tiresome and stressful.  There is no reason to believe the same was not true for the Holy Family, especially during the days of the nativity. 

 

Read more: Christmas -- Oh, the Humanity!  [Christmas -- Oh, the Humanity!]
 

  


 

 
On The Tragic Loss Of A Child: The Feast Of The Holy Innocents
Written by Natalie Lane Eden, MBA, MA, LPC   

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"A person that loses a partner is called a widow.
A child who loses a parent is called an orphan.
But there is no word to describe a parent that loses a child,
Because the loss is like no other. ..”
(From “An Orphan’s Tale, by J. Neugeboren, 1976)

 

Recently, there has been a lot of talk about the loss of innocent children, particularly in light of the commemoration of the mass shootings that had occurred in December 2012 at the Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut. There are no words to describe the grief that a parent experiences after the loss of any child. We cannot possibly fathom what such a person might be feeling. And often it is not only the parents, but other family members, friends, and sometimes even strangers. We have little defense in coping with the loss of an innocent child. Some say that the pain lives with them the rest of their life while here on earth. It does not matter what age the child is, whether a fetus or a full-grown adult. There is still grief. Many who have suffered a miscarriage can testify that the emotional pain is very real.

 

Read more: On The Tragic Loss Of A Child: The Feast Of The Holy Innocents  [On The Tragic Loss Of A Child: The Feast Of The Holy Innocents]
 

ct angel"Remain in me as I remain in you. Just as a branch cannot bear fruit on it own unless it remains on the vine, so neither can you unless you remain in me. I am the vine, you are the branches.  Whoever remains in me and I in him, will bear much fruit, because without me you can do nothing."  - John 15:4-5