Presents, shopping, decorations, trees, Santa Claus are all beautiful but let us be careful not to reduce Christmas to these signs alone. Let us not fall into the “temptation to commercialize Christmas.”
The Three Comings of Christ
In This Issue
Advent is the season when we prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Christ comes in three ways. Christ did come in the past, Christ does come right now, and Christ will come in the future. Our Lord comes in history, mystery, and majesty.
In the previous article, we reflected on two of the three comings of Christ–He came in history and He will come in majesty. Now let’s reflect on the coming of Christ in mystery. It is Christ who comes to us daily. Jesus is reborn in our lives every single day in a myriad of ways.
The author, a Filipino missionary serving in Spain, draws spiritual insights from admiring the charming miniature Nativity scenes in churches. The amiable Belen images trigger sentiments of solidarity and prayer that Jesus’ birth may heal our broken humanity.
Brutal forms of persecution are happening to Christians in many countries throughout much of the world. According to international reports, the great majority of all religiously motivated violence and oppression is suffered by Christians.
As we celebrate the birth of our Saviour to a family that had nowhere to stay, and had to flee an oppressive regime abroad, it is a good time to wonder why many of those who proudly call themselves Christians are demonizing refugees today.
Have you ever needed a helping hand? Have you extended needed help without being asked? There are times in our lives when we are unexpectedly shown random acts of kindness. Be one of them. Be a Good Samaritan.
It is wonderful to see the happiness and freedom enjoyed by the many children that have recovered from the trauma of domestic sexual abuse. Freedom from fear and abuse is the result of the therapeutic healing program at the Preda Foundation home for abused children.
Dialogue, mass media, consensus, new culture, and peace are foundations upon which a fraternal society must be built on. The lack of any of these fundamentals undermines the possibility of a truly tolerant and brotherly humanity.
The heart of the Spiritual Exercises is the love for the Blessed Humanity of Christ. Jesus is the Great King who calls us to His service for the salvation of sinners. Everything happens between two key prayers.
The path of dialogue appears to be the true means for vocational discernment and personal fulfillment.
Strategies for Evangelization
October 2023 Issue
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