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Merry Giftmas! The Christmas That Almost Isn't

ShareAlas, 2011 has been the year of “Happy Holidays.” In my circle of family and friends, people still invoke the Lord’s blessing as they sit down to eat, still say “God bless you” when someone sneezes.  It’s almost possible, barricaded in the dining room with the people I love the most, to forget that outside […]

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KISSING THE FACE OF GOD

ShareFor a moment I wondered, Is this too sappy?  Too wrought with emotion? But no—This is Mary in her humanity, glowing with love for her newborn.  And it’s Jesus—winsome, eliciting coos and cuddles as only a baby can do.  It’s one of my favorite Christmas paintings. May the Christ Child smile on you and yours […]

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DIGITAL NATIVITY STORY

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BLESSING OF THE CHRISTMAS CRECHE

ShareGOD OF MARY AND JOSEPH, of shepherds and animals, bless us whenever we gaze on this manger scene. Through all the days of Christmas, may these figures tell the story of how humans, angels, and animals found the Christ in this poor place. FILL OUR HOUSE with hospitality, joy, gentleness, and thanksgiving, and guide our […]

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