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Saturday, December 21, 2019

The time for preparation is almost over

This is the last day of the Third Week of Advent. Let us review our preparation for the coming of the Lord. Have I succeeded in removing clutter from my heart?

In his letter, Admirabile Signum, Pope Francis speaks of how "from the time of its Franciscan origins, the nativity scene has invited us to 'feel' and 'touch' the poverty that God's Son took upon himself in the Incarnation. Implicitly, it summons us to follow him along the path of humility, poverty and self-denial that leads from the manger of Bethlehem to the cross. It asks us to meet him and serve him by showing mercy to those of our brothers and sisters in greatest need." 
I cannot help but think of all the refugees, especially those at our own borders who are being detained, refused, and separated from other family members. We are not treating these people with love as Christ would have us do.

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