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Merry Christmas from The Catholic Company

Dec 24, 2012 by

We at The Catholic Company would like to extend a warm, cheery,

and very Merry Christmas to you and your loved ones!

In the spirit of Christmas, we'd like to share with you a Christmas reflection from

our Holy Father, Pope Benedict XVI:

The birth of Christ challenges us to reassess our priorities, our values, our very way of life.

"While Christmas is undoubtedly a time of great joy, it is also an occasion for deep reflection, even an examination of conscience. At the end of a year that has meant economic hardship for many, what can we learn from the humility, the poverty, the simplicity of the crib scene? Christmas can be the time in which we learn to read the Gospel, to get to know Jesus not only as the child in the manger, but as the one in whom we recognize that God made man. It is in the Gospel that Christians find inspiration for their daily lives and their involvement in worldly affairs . . ."

"In Italy, many crib scenes feature the ruins of ancient Roman buildings in the background. This shows that the birth of the child Jesus marks the end of the old order, the pagan world, in which Caesar’s claims went virtually unchallenged. Now there is a new king, who relies not on the force of arms, but on the power of love. He brings hope to all those who, like himself, live on the margins of society. He brings hope to all who are vulnerable to the changing fortunes of a precarious world.

From the manger, Christ calls us to live as citizens of his heavenly kingdom,

a kingdom that all people of goodwill can help to build here on earth."

God Bless, and thank you for all of your support in 2012!