The Son of God came into the world, into little Israel, and incarnated himself in a stable in order to save us with an act of unconditional love. What is the evidence for this? Beyond the historical evidence, there is also evidence within our hearts when we ponder the 6 questions Father Robert Spitzer asks in this week's Wednesday on the World.
In a 1956 broadcast of the show, “Life is Worth Living,” Venerable Fulton Sheen spoke about the true meaning of Christmas. To this day the episode is still viewed during the Advent and Christmas seasons. Fulton Sheen’s riveting words combined with his deep insight provide the perfect education into the real significance of Christmas.
A review of how we spent the Advent season can be a very humbling experience. We intended to follow a spiritual path summed up by such themes as a journey toward greater love and reflection on Christ’s transformative entry into our world in the past, present and future.Too often, we realize at year’s end that much of our Advent “pilgrimage” could be summarized by a mundane secular image of Christmas preparation—a shopping list we carried through the suburban mall of life, checking off gifts and pleasures for ourselves and others.
“When the year dies in preparation for the birth of other seasons, not the same, on the same earth, then saving and calamity go together make The Advent gospel, telling how the heart will break. Therefore, it was in Advent that the Quest began.” -C.S. Lewis
The liturgical season of Advent is here! For this week's Wednesday on the World, Fr. Robert Spitzer delves into three objectives to keep in mind this Advent: reconciliation, deepening of prayer life, and allowing the joy, peace, and hope of Advent to lead us into the fullness of joy, peace, and hope of Christmas Day.
Explanations for the star abound, conjectures run the debates, and the historical data is a tangle.
Swaddled tightly beneath a star-blanketed Bethlehem sky, God breathed with gentle power. The acceptable time had come. The prophecies were now—at last—fulfilled. The Creator had “entered” creation on a mission of love, and for the next three decades, peace and joy were inhaled and received in tangible new ways.
In unity with the whole church, Fr. Spitzer and the staff of the Magis Center would like to wish you a very merry and blessed Christmas day and season!
We need comfort because suffering is a part of life, and we can receive joy, because God is in it with us.