We offer three audio presentations presented on December first and second, 2006 at the Immaculate Heart of Mary parish in St;. Paul, Minnesota. The orientation of the talks was to assist us in praying with the Advent and Christmas symbols which the secular world has replaced the religious meanings and replaced them with pleasant, but shallow meanings. Advent and Christmas is a joyful season, especially if we pray with their truths.
This retreat may be made in a variety of ways, by individuals or a group:
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homes are full of things which have more meaning than
meets the eye. These are sacraments with a small “s”.
These have histories behind them reflecting something about
the giver, the receiver, and the relationship between the two.
Reception is everything.
There is an important history to Christmas,
more than meets the eye. There is an important history behind
the Christmas Tree as well. We prepare to move a tree from outside
into our houses and we have to rearrange the furniture to make
room for it. We decorate the tree and there’s more beauty
there than meets the eye.
Candles and especially the giving and receiving of gifts are dramatic symbols which when prayed with, are so reflective of the depth of Christ’s birth. There is so much more to the gifts of Christmas, the Cards, the decorations than the eye or mind or heart can take in. This Advent and Christmas we desire to take back from the secular world our symbols and enjoy Christmas more deeply.