CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS TO PONDER FROM POPE FRANCIS

CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS TO PONDER FROM POPE FRANCIS

and CHRISTMAS thru NEW YEAR'S MASS SCHEDULE

Christmas Eve -- Sunday, December 24
5:30 P.M.: Christmas Eve Mass (Church) Readings
5:40 P.M.: Christmas Eve Mass (School Sports Center) Readings 
7:30 P.M.: Christmas Eve Mass (Church)  Readings
10:00 P.M.: Christmas Eve Mass (Church) preceded by Carols at 9:30 P.M.      Readings
Christmas Day -- Monday, December 25
7:30 A.M.: Christmas Mass (Church)  Readings

9:00 A.M.: Christmas Mass (Church) Readings

10:30 A.M.: Christmas Mass (Church) Readings

12:00 Noon: Christmas Mass (Church) Readings
12:10 P.M.: Christmas Mass (School Sports Center) Readings
Sunday, December 31, The Feast of the Holy Family  Readings
New Year's Day -- Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Not a Holy Day of Obligation in 2018

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CHRISTMAS THOUGHTS TO PONDER FROM POPE FRANCIS

"Christmas reminds us that
A faith that does not trouble us is a troubled faith.
A faith that does not make us grow is a faith that needs to grow.
A faith that does not raise questions is a faith that has to be questioned.
A faith that does not rouse us is a faith that needs to be roused.
A faith that does not shake us is a faith that needs to be shaken."

Reflection.  In the past year, how has my faith troubled me to speak and act differently? . . . made me see that my faith needs to grow?  Have I had questions about my faith?  Has my faith aroused me? . . . shaken me?

"Indeed, a faith which is only intellectual or lukewarm is only a notion of faith.
It can become real
-- once it touches our heart, our soul, our spirit and our whole being,
-- once it allows God to be born and reborn in the manger of our heart,
-- once we let the star of Bethlehem guide us to the place where the Son of God lies, not among kings and riches, but among the poor and humble."

Reflection.  Is my faith intellectual or lukewarm rather than a faith that touches my heart, my soul, my spirit and my being?

Does my faith allow God to be born and reborn in the manger of my heart?

Do I let the star of Bethlehem guide me to where the Son of God lies - among the poor and humble?

Quotations are from Pope Francis’ December 21, 2017 Christmas Address to the Roman Curia

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