Articles tagged Christmas

What more could a soul want? Christ’s birth brings joy amid my suffering

December 24, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — Christmas is supposed to be a joyful time of year. The reason why is obvious: Christ’s birth represents our redemption from sin. But for me, Christmas hasn’t been a particularly joyful experience lately. I imagine there are plenty of other people who feel the same. The primary reason for my disposition is an ongoing, still undiagnosed ailment that started in April of 2018. It’s frustrating, even infuriating, that I, nor the two dozen or so chiropractors, doctors, and specialists I’ve seen, have yet to find a way to heal my body. I’ve stopped keeping track […]

The Church needs good, holy shepherds to seek out the world’s lost sheep

December 23, 2019 (LifeSiteNews) — “The Lord entered her and became a servant; the Word entered her, and became silent within her; thunder entered her and his voice was still; the Shepherd of all entered her; he became a Lamb in her, and came forth bleating.” Thus writes St. Ephrem the Syrian, a deacon and Doctor of the Church, in his Hymns on the Nativity. The Eastern Orthodox English composer John Tavener (1944–2013) set this text powerfully to music in his 1990 choral work Thunder Entered Her. St. Ephrem helps himself freely to the paradoxes of the great feast we […]