Figures Around the Crib: Preparing for Christmas with Isaiah, the Baptizer, Joseph, and Mary

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Why are we drawn to the crib? What is it that keeps us coming back to the stories of Jesus' birth? Regardless of age, station in life, and the firm resolution not to return to the stable, we find ourselves once again at the crib. Why? For the same reason we find ourselves drawn to the foot of the cross on Good Friday. Both crib and cross, each in its own way, invite us to hope. But it is the crib which offers us that hope in the here and now. In highlighting four of the principal protagonists in the Christmas ...
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Overview

Why are we drawn to the crib? What is it that keeps us coming back to the stories of Jesus' birth? Regardless of age, station in life, and the firm resolution not to return to the stable, we find ourselves once again at the crib. Why? For the same reason we find ourselves drawn to the foot of the cross on Good Friday. Both crib and cross, each in its own way, invite us to hope. But it is the crib which offers us that hope in the here and now. In highlighting four of the principal protagonists in the Christmas story, the story of the Incarnation of the Son of God -- Isaiah who foretold his coming; John the Baptizer who prepared the way for him when at last he came; St. Joseph who accepted the responsibility for his safety, well-being and upbringing; and Mary, his mother, who remained steadfast in faith to the very end -- Father Maestri leads us through Advent in a journey that is at once short and intense. In this work, each day of Advent is directed by one of these guides to the crib of Christ. As we meditate on what they have to show us, we begin to recognize how near at hand He is to us right now, how in the midst of our everyday lives, the Word continues to be born again so that we might be born anew.
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  • ISBN-13: 9780818909023
  • Publisher: Alba House
  • Publication date: 6/28/2001
  • Pages: 156
  • Product dimensions: 5.50 (w) x 8.10 (h) x 0.40 (d)

Table of Contents

Introduction vii
Isaiah
First Sunday of Advent: Holiness 3
Monday of Week One: Survivors 8
Tuesday of Week One: Gifts 13
Wednesday of Week One: Mountains 18
Thursday of Week One: The City 22
Friday of Week One: On That Day 27
John The Baptizer
Saturday of Week One: The Man 35
Second Sunday of Advent: The Manner 40
Monday of Week Two: The Message 45
Tuesday of Week Two: Identity 51
Wednesday of Week Two: End 57
Thursday of Week Two: The Beginning 62
Friday of Week Two: The Quiet Man 71
Saturday of Week Two: The Dreamer 77
Third Sunday of Advent: Receptivity 83
Monday of Week Three: Action 88
December 17th: The Settler 93
December 18th: The Background 99
Mary
December 19th: Annunciation 107
December 20th: The Visitation 113
December 21st: Canticle 118
Fourth Sunday of Advent: Returned Home 124
December 23rd: Treasures In the Heart 129
December 24th: Behold Your Mother 134
Christmas: "... you will find an infant in swaddling clothes." 141
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