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Christmas 2016

December 25, 2016

NEWS OF GREAT JOY

In his encyclical, Lumen Fidei, Pope Francis wrote, “Faith is not a light which scatters all our darkness, but a lamp which guides our steps in the night and suffices for the journey. To those who suffer, God does not provide arguments which explain everything; rather, his response is that of an accompanying presence.”

Today we hear news of great joy.  But what is joy?  Does that mean happiness?  Does that mean no suffering or sadness?

Desmond Tutu said that joy is a way of approaching the world.  I think it is a deep-seated sense that there is meaning in everything.  That we are not victims of fate, but that we are being lead – if we can only surrender our ego long enough to listen to the voice of God in our own hearts.

CLICK HERE for the readings for Christmas (Isaiah 9:1-6; Psalm 96; Timothy 2:11-14; Luke 2:1-14)

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