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                         Advent and Christmas Newsletter


Friends, 

Greetings for this great celebration of our Mother Mary, her Immaculate Conception.
Here is a commentary on today's Gospel from our website

Watch a video by Fr. Charles at the CIC reflecting on today's solemnity.
 
Selected Christmas texts from. St. Josemaria: 
  • Every time Christmas comes around, I love to look at representations of the child Jesus. Statues and pictures which show a God who lowered himself remind me that God is calling us. The Almighty wants us to know that he is defenseless, that he needs men's help. From the cradle at Bethlehem, Christ tells you and me that he needs us. He urges us to live a Christian life to the full — a life of self-sacrifice, work and joy. (Christ is Passing By, 18)
  • When I think of Christian homes, I like to imagine them as being full of the light and joy that were in the home of the holy family. The message of Christmas is heard in all its forcefulness: "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to men of good will." "And may the peace of Christ triumph in your hearts," writes the Apostle. It is a peace that comes from knowing that our Father God loves us, and that we are made one with Christ. It results from being under the protection of the Virgin, our Lady, and assisted by St Joseph. This is the great light that illuminates our lives. In the midst of difficulties and of our own personal failings, it encourages us to keep up our effort. Every Christian home should be a place of peace and serenity. In spite of the small frustrations of daily life, an atmosphere of profound and sincere affection should reign there together with a deep-rooted calm, which is the result of authentic faith that is put into practice (Christ is Passing By, 22).
                                         Recollections for Advent

                                             Thursday, Dec 9, 7:30 p.m.
                                             Saturday, Dec 11, 7:30 a.m.
                                              Monday, Dec 13, 7:30 p.m
                                 
                                  Wednesday, Dec 15, 8 p.m. (young professionals)
Fr. Rene Schatteman offers here his list of Advent short prayers, or "aspirations." 

We will hold our traditional Family Epiphany Party on Sunday, January 2, from 2 to 5 p.m., with Solemn Benediction at 2:30. 
Listen to Peter Kreeft give 7 Reasons Why Everyone Should Be Catholic - YouTube

Hear Francis Collins of the NIH to give scientific reasons for belief in God. 
  Wishing  you and your families a holy Advent and a wonderful Christmas season!
 
 

Daryl Glick
Reston Study Center
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