A Franciscan Christmas

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The true meaning of Christmas isn't found in the glitter and gifts. It's not on the tree or tucked under it. It won't be served with the cookies and eggnog. But it can be found in a place of honor in most Christian homes: the Christmas manager scene. Each piece of the Nativity has its own story and meaning in Franciscan history and Christian spirituality. Take a closer look at the cr?che and learn why Christmas is central to Franciscan spirituality and how you can find a deeper ...
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Overview

The true meaning of Christmas isn't found in the glitter and gifts. It's not on the tree or tucked under it. It won't be served with the cookies and eggnog. But it can be found in a place of honor in most Christian homes: the Christmas manager scene. Each piece of the Nativity has its own story and meaning in Franciscan history and Christian spirituality. Take a closer look at the crèche and learn why Christmas is central to Franciscan spirituality and how you can find a deeper meaning in the simplest of seasonal decorations.

This small-sized, beautifully illustrated book makes a perfect Christmas gift!

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"Touching, uplifting, inspiring, comforting, and challenging, this deceptively small book reaches for the heart of the reader and the heart of Christmas. Kathleen M. Carroll, managing editor of books for Franciscan Media, leads the reader's focus to the deeper meanings of the icons of Christmas as perceived and savored by Franciscan spirituality. Jesus, Mary, Joseph, the shepherds, the magi, angels, villagers, musicians, the star and the animals in turn are brought to mind, each chapter preceded by a pertinent passage of Scripture. The author's reflective, conversational style and homespun examples are engaging. The content is rich in meaning and solid in its sources, richly drawn from St. Francis of Assisi: Omnibus of Sources (Cincinnati: St. Anthony Messenger Press, 2008) and writings of several Franciscan scholars. This title is highly recommended for parish, seminary, catechetical centers, pastoral theology collections of academic libraries and for high school libraries."—Frances O'Dell, O.S.F., Catholic Library World
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780867169867
  • Publisher: Saint Anthony Messenger Press & Franciscan Communications
  • Publication date: 9/1/2010
  • Pages: 119
  • Product dimensions: 5.20 (w) x 6.20 (h) x 0.50 (d)

Meet the Author

Kathleen M. Carroll is managing editor of books for St. Anthony Messenger Press. She is the author of Keeping the Faith in Ohio: Words of Hope and Comfort from Our Spiritual Leaders (Emmis). Jack Wintz, O.F.M., is the author of Will I See My Dog in Heaven? (Paraclete) and Friar Jack's E-spirations.
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  • Posted November 15, 2010

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    Follow Jesus as Francis Did

    Author and editor Kathleen Carroll offers a small book of Christmas reflections that would be a perfect gift for friends and family. She addresses major elements in the scriptural description of Christ's birth: the Holy family, of course, and the angels, shepherds and magi but also the villagers, musicians, star, and animals. The chapters all begin with a silhouette depicting the topic. Carroll highlights themes for each topic and relates them to the life of St. Francis and that of today's Christians. Each chapter ends with a short suggestion beginning with the words "This Christmas." The chapters on Joseph, the magi, the shepherds, and the villagers all teach us about respect for uniqueness and the value of diversity. Their "this Christmas" exhortations include sharing our faith without words, celebrating uniqueness of others in our own unique way, helping someone who is marginalized realize how he or she is special, and finding ways to help those who don't stand out. In the chapter on Jesus, Carroll reminds us that at his birth. Jesus gave the gift of himself. She then notes familiar scriptural references to gifts that might steer us away from the extreme commercialism surrounding Christmas today. Writing of the water-into-wine miracle, she says that instead of producing 600 gallons of quality wine, we might spend some time with a person who is alone for the holidays. When Jesus fed the multitudes, he did it with what was available. The story presents a good example for us to follow: Skip hiring caterers or cooking for three days. Instead, host a potluck dinner or serve others at a local shelter. In this and all the other reflections, Carroll uses stories from the life of Francis to demonstrate how best to follow Jesus.

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