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Genuine Christmas

December 3, 2021

Dear Companions on the Journey,

One might say that Archbishop Oscar Romero is one of the Paulist Center’s patron saints. Concerning this time of year, he said:

No one can celebrate
a genuine Christmas
without being truly poor.

The self-sufficient, the proud,
those who, because they have everything,
look down on others,
those who have no need even of God –
for them there will be no Christmas.

Only the poor,
the hungry
those who need someone to come on their behalf,
will have that someone.
That someone is God,
Emmanuel. God-with-us.

Without poverty of spirit
there can be no abundance of God.

Pretty radical. What do you think?

PS: From last week’s homily, according to Sr Joyce Rupp, active waiting might be described thusly:

To live deeply, with purpose,
To live freely, with detachment,
To live wisely, with humility,
To live justly, with compassion,
To live lovingly, with fidelity
To live mindfully, with awareness,
To live gratefully, with generosity,
To live fully, with enthusiasm.

What is Advent? Here it is in two minutes! Here it is in two minutes!

Another way to prepare for Christmas : Join us for our in-person Advent Reconciliation (Penance) Service in the chapel at 12N on Saturday, December 11th. All sinners welcome!

The Sunday bulletin is online at the Paulist Center website. We hope that you will open it with these links to see more about what is happening now at the Paulist Center Community.

We conclude with the prophet Micah 6:8:
Our Faithful God has told you, O mortal, what is good;
   and what does the Lord require of you
but to do justice, to love kindness,
   and to walk humbly with your God?
And let us pray for/with one another.
Michael McGarry, C.S.P.
Director, the Paulist Center

Along with Patty, Chuck, Susan, Norm, Dorothy, Barbara, Rob, Alvaro, and Sal. Please feel free to call upon your Pastoral Ministers if you wish.