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Christmas – Abp. Fulton Sheen

Blessed Fulton Sheen, pray for us!  Here are some of his thoughts on this most holy of nights, taken from his book Life of Christ:

[E]very other person who ever came into this world came into it to live. He came into it to die. Death was a stumbling block to Socrates — it interrupted his teaching. But to Christ, death was the goal adn fulfillment of His life, the gold that He was seeking. Few of His words or actions are intelligible without reference to His Cross. He presented Himself as a Savior rather than merely as a Teacher. It meant nothing to teach men to be goo unless He also gave them the power to be good, after rescuing them from the frustration of guilt.

 

The story of every human life begins with birth and ends with death. In the Person of Christ, however, it was His death that was first and His life that was last. … 

 

The manger and the Cross thus stand at the two extremities of the Savior’s life! He accepted the manger because there was no room in the inn; He accepted the Cross because men said, “We will not have this man for our king.” Disowned upon entering, rejected upon leaving, He was laid in a stranger’s stable at the beginning, and a stranger’s grave at the end. An ox and an ass surrounded His crib at Bethlehem; two thieves were to flank His Cross on Calvary. He was wrapped in swaddling bands in His birthplace, He was again laid in swaddling clothes in His tomb — clothes symbolic of the limitations imposed on His Divinity when He took a human form. …

He was already bearing His Cross — the only cross a Babe could bear, a cross of poverty, exile and limitation. His sacrificial intent already shone forth in the message the angels sang to the hills of Bethlehem:

 

     This day, in the city of David

A Savior has been born for you,

The Lord Christ Himself. (Luke 2:11)

 

It’s Müller Time! (at the movies)

Manifesto of Faith” – A stunningly beautiful new film on the Catholic Faith

It’s certainly no understatement to say that we who profess the Catholic Faith live in a time of great confusion; some go so far as to say we are living in a period when ambiguity has been weaponized.  One of the saddest aspects of this undeniable reality that the source of this confusion, is in part coming from some who received the Sacrament of Holy Orders.

Gerhard Cardinal Müller, former Prefect of the Congregation for the Doctrine of Faith, contributed the words of a most excellent catechetical short film found at the link below.  It is meant to bring clarity to an age of confusion.

Every Catholic who professes the Faith would do well to watch this video.  It’s a perfect video to show to your family, your prayer group, your CCD class, or your home Bible study meetings.

This film, Manifesto of Faith, was released earlier this week; it’s making and release was timed to be a reminder of the tenets of our faith as the Vatican opens the controversial Amazon Synod in Rome.

You can view the film here:  https://manifestooffaith.com/