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181. Have a Merry Christmas!

I hope you are having a Merry Christmas! Today, I want to remember what this day is about and take a moment to read the stories given to us about the birth of Jesus. So, I will read the stories of the Nativity in the gospels of Matthew and Luke. It’s important to go back to these stories, which is why today’s episode will do just that. Instead of telling people to “keep the Christ in Christmas,” I want to do that. If you agree, join me in reading these stories, and take time to reflect on what they teach.

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“My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior, for he has regarded the low estate of his handmaiden.

For behold, henceforth all generations will call me blessed; for he who is mighty has done great things for me, and holy is his name.”

-Mary, the Mother of Jesus in the Gospel of Luke

Keep the Christ and the Mass in Christmas

Obviously, the birth of Jesus is the major celebration today. But, how should we celebrate Him? Well, as a Catholic I have an easy answer – the Mass. More than any other form of worship, the Holy Mass fulfills what we owe to God on this day. So, I say keep the Christ in Christmas, as well as the Mass in Christmas.

Have a Merry Christmas

2020 has been a hard year, and I won’t try to deny that or dwell on it. However, as we see in the Christmas story, there is cause for joy. Furthermore, we are called to be joyful – even when it isn’t easy to do so. Let us celebrate today with those that we love, and remember that this is the celebration of the coming of our Savior, Jesus Christ.

188. Finding Unity and Mending a Divided Nation Conversation of Our Generation

Our country is obviously divided, politically, culturally, and religiously. Despite living in the same country under the same laws, we have two separate nations in our country. In this episode, I'll discuss mending a divided nation and how we find unity amid all the chaos. How We're Divided We have divided ourselves in many ways across this country. We've separated ourselves into religious and secular, conservative and liberal, coastal and heartland, and in numerous other ways. With all of these differences, how can we even say we're one country? Discussions of secession come up on both sides of the political aisle, and many take it as an inevitability. What is dividing us? Mainstream Media, politicians, educational systems and numerous institutions seek to tear us apart instead of bringing us together. "Even if a unity of faith is not possible, a unity of love is." -Hans Urs von Balthasar Methods for Mending a Divided Nation I've spoken previously about what we need to come together, but I'm going to recap some of those thoughts. Basically, I think we need to first see each other as fellow human beings, fellow citizens. Rather than seeing political opponents as evil or vicious, we should see our friend or family member who holds those views in each person. We easily jump to conclusions about people instead of trying to understand them. So, if we are to have a healthy political and cultural life, we need to be able to discuss politics well. This means we have to know our own beliefs and biases, and discuss ideas with knowledge of our own potential pitfalls. We need to learn the lessons of the past and seek to mend and understand each other without wanting to dominate or control each other. — Support this podcast: https://anchor.fm/conofourgen/support
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