The Christmas Nativity Scene

H/T: About.com (here) Question: How Did Francis of Assisi Begin the Christmas Nativity Scene Tradition? Francis of Assisi, who founded the Catholic Church’s Franciscan Order and became a saint after his death, began the Christmas tradition of nativity scenes because he wanted to help people gain a fresh sense of wonder about the miracles thatContinue reading “The Christmas Nativity Scene”

Twenty ninth Sunday after Pentecost

It doesn’t matter how much money and wealth you have, the most important thing in this life is that we have our health. Almost everyone will agree with this statement. Those of us who know what it means to be sick – really sick – know especially the meaning of this statement. And, at times,Continue reading “Twenty ninth Sunday after Pentecost”

Christmas and Pagan Influences

H/T: Touchstone Magazine (here) via Byzantine Texas Calculating Christmas William J. Tighe on the Story Behind December 25 Many Christians think that Christians celebrate Christ’s birth on December 25th because the church fathers appropriated the date of a pagan festival. Almost no one minds, except for a few groups on the fringes of American Evangelicalism,Continue reading “Christmas and Pagan Influences”