We may despair at scandals we hear about in the Church.
True reform may seem impossible. Beware the tempter! Rather than succumbing
to the despair and apathy to which the tempter seeks to lead us,
let us instead embrace God’s call to share in Christ’s sonship and participate
in his work of redemption…
Transformation is possible, but only to those who trust in him.
Michael Patrick Barber
from Salvation: What Every Catholic Should Know
“Mary remained with the donkey at the very entrance of the street while
Joseph sought a lodging in the nearest houses—in vain,
for Bethlehem was full of strangers, all running from place to place.
Joseph returned to Mary, saying that as no shelter was to be found there,
they would go on farther into the town. He led the donkey on by the bridle,
and the Blessed Virgin walked beside him. When they came to the beginning
of another street, Mary again stopped by the donkey,
and Joseph again went from house to house in vain seeking a lodging,
and again came sadly back. This happened several times, and the Blessed Virgin
often had long to wait.
Everywhere the houses were filled with people, everywhere he was turned away …
Joseph led the Blessed Virgin to [a] tree, and made her a comfortable seat
against its trunk with their bundles, so that she might rest while he
sought for shelter in the houses near. …
At first Mary stood upright, leaning against the tree.
Her ample white woollen dress had no girdle and hung around her in folds:
her head was covered with a white veil.
Many people passed by and looked at her, not knowing that the Redeemer
was so near to them. She was so patient, so humble, so full of
Ah, she had to wait a long, long time;
she sat down at last on the rug, crossing her feet under her.
She sat with her head bent and her hands crossed below her breast.
Joseph came back to her in great distress; he had found no shelter.
His friends, of whom he had spoken to the Blessed Virgin,
would hardly recognize him.
He was in tears and Mary comforted him.”
Bl. Anne Catherine Emmerich, p.185
An Excerpt From
The Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary From the Visions of
Ven. Anne Catherine Emmerich
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Merry Christmas, Julie. I hope you are well.
Helllllooooo little stranger!!!!!
Have your ears been burning?? Kathy and I have been talking about you 😂
I hope this school term was a smashing success and that you’ll get a little break!!
Merry Christmas from Georgia to Arkansas!!!!
Straight As in fact! How are those babies doing?
So far so good thank you!!!
Of course Abby is running James to the doc this morning as she’s a worrier— how’s Finley?
She’s great, just growing!
Christmas love coming from the formerly frozen tundra 🎄
I just sent you an email— good to see you’re alive!!!!!
I’ll read your email and respond. I’m still here.
Safe travels if you are on the road this Christmas. Enjoy the little ones as always! Blessings and prayers!
Have a wonderful Christmas with your family Julie.
You have a full plate this Christmas…and I’m not talking about food
Well we had that too 😂
=) Also what’s your favorite book on Churchill you would recommend to a Churchill novie like me?
I think I told you a good one that was written by his great grandson Jonathan Sandys and Wallace Henley (sandys being the great grandson) God & Churchill — but the basic biographical series is by William Manchester, The Last Lion — he did not live to complete the 3rd but it was finished after his death— and Jon Meacham’s Franklin and Winston — that might have been one of the first I read— when you get done— I’ll tell you about 30 more 😂