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Yes, dear brothers and sisters in the Lord, the season of Christmas begins Dec. 25 on the day our true love, Jesus, became like us in his human birth, human nature and human belonging to be part of a family who loves and cares about us individually and personally with much affection, endearing love and kindness.

On the second day of Christmas, we celebrate his incarnate personhood, as He did enjoy all aspects of our humanity except for sin. We rejoice He came to save us from our sins.

On the third day of Christmas, we celebrate with joy the fact that He is Emmanuel, God with us.

On the fourth day of Christmas, we gather to pray that we will become the very image of the Savior, Jesus Christ, in all our thoughts and actions.

On the fifth day of Christmas, we pray that peace will be the gift we spread this day, for the Gospel is meant for people of good will.

On the sixth day of Christmas, we open minds and hearts; His coming brings the gift of faith to believe He is our Lord.

On the seventh day of Christmas, our true love who is God gives us the inspiration to be children of much happiness to know our Savior comes to share His divine love with us daily.

On the eighth day of Christmas, we celebrate the Nativity of our Lord in a way that opens for us the knowledge that He comes to bring us to Himself in charity and goodness.

On the ninth day of Christmas, we honor His coming by allowing ourselves to worship Him with deep faith, lasting fervor and zeal.

On the 10th day of Christmas, we celebrate with faith that Jesus is our Redeemer calling us to holiness of life with all we live with and work with.

On the 11th day of Christmas, we come to acknowledge our need for the divine love that is offered in the holiness of Christ, as He is so wishing us to hold Him in the center of our lives as our Lord.

On the 12th day, we come to worship the King of Kings as we celebrate the Epiphany, as the feast of Magi coming to offer gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh.

Yes, the season of Christmas is 12 days of celebrating the incarnation of our God in Jesus. Let us rejoice all these days with much faith and joy. Amen.

(The writer is parochial vicar of the Catholic Church of the Most Holy Trinity.)

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soapy_725 12/25/12 - 11:59 am
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Thank you Rev. Lubinsky for sharing
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the message of Jesus Christ. While not a Catholic by faith we are continually impressed by your exaltation to all who will read and listen. Your words in support of the "basic saving truths of our Lord and Savior" and His work or grace are inspiring. We are also struck by the lack of similar LTE's from the "shepherds" of other large flocks in the CSRA. Mainly our Protestant pastors. We can't help but think, maybe in this PC world, they are ashamed of the simple "Gospel of Jesus Christ" or it's call to a disciplined godly life. Maybe they are the Pharisees. And the Pharisees loved money, public prestige and power, and more than God. We would hope this is not the reason for their silence on a Supreme God and His Son. Of the sanctity of human life. The sanctity of marriage between a man and a women. The importance on a godly family unit. On the important of recognition of sin and the need for repentance.

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