By Mary Sayad

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    Dec. 2008

    On lazy Sunday afternoons, usually after dinner, my parents, grandparents and friends, would sit around the table reminiscing about their sometimes brief and sometimes detailed experiences with their business associates, or the folks they met while traveling. When they were all in story telling mode, I would quickly gravitate to the table and listen with both wonderment and delight. Those colorful stories were incomparably more interesting than any of today's various entertainment venues. I may have heard these stories dozens of times, however, each additional time seemed to jolt my imagination with awe. They were all very aware of my attention and they would forever embellish their stories with drama and laughter and were always concluded with a moral. Needless to say, my life was considerably enriched and nostalgia took on a flamboyant significance in my life.

    Young children love to hear adventurous, humorous and mysterious stories. It fires their imaginations and strengthens their attention at school and it improves their concentration while studying at home.

    Did you ever try to imagine that Our blessed Mother would tell stories to her Child Jesus? Perhaps she would tell him about her journey to Bethlehem whileh his foster father, Joseph carefully protected her.

    Luke 2: 4 -5, "And Joseph went up om Galilee from the town of Nazareth to Judea, to the city of David that is called Bethlehem, because he was of the house and family of David, to be enrolled with Mary, his betrothed who was with child."

    She could describe the experience as very disconcerting because there was no shelter available for them. Ladies, can you imagine yourself in labor and not have a hospital or bed to deliver your baby?

    Our Blessed Mother was grateful for the humble stable they shared with the cows, donkeys and animals. Of course, there was no central heating and the Holy Family were warmed by the animals' breath. They didn't have the comfort of warm blankets or soft mattresses. There was no running water. There was no electricity. Kitchens and bathrooms were non-existent for them. These are basic human requirements. Do you think that we'd be joyful in similar conditions?

    With the gentle Child Jesus seated in her lap, Our Blessed Mother likely related how the angels of the Lord announced his birth to the shepherds. They in turn told their neighbors and friends who brought them food and gifts. The Holy family never felt abandoned. They trusted in God and God protected them and provided for their welfare.

    Luke 2; 8 - "Now there were shepherds in that region…keeping the night watch over their flock' 9-"The angel of the Lord appeared to them and the glory of the Lord shone around them,….."

    When things get extraordinarily tough for us, would we also feel confident in God's love and continue to place our trust in Him? We can better face our trials of life by focusing on God.

    Then there was that great story of the visit of the Magi. Matthew 2: 10 "They were overjoyed at seeing the star", 11-and on entering the house, they saw the child with Mary, his mother…..and offered them gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh."

    What would you do with the gold - would you be generous and share it with your neighbors in need?

    The flight into Egypt was equally dramatic. Filled with fear of losing his position, King Herod ordered his soldiers to go to Bethlehem and massacre baby boys under the age of two - legalized murder of the innocent.

    Matthew 2: 17- "Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: "A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."

    How distraught and helpless those young mothers were, to see their babies cruelly killed! Can you imagine such a horrific scene?

    I know that I couldn't bear to watch anything remotely similar, yet, some things never change. Here in the United States and in other nations, we have legalized the murder of babies before they breathe their first breath via abortion. Most of us have never witnessed these clinics of mass killings.

    Partial birth abortion is another form of infanticide. Over 27 babies lives are snuffed out per minute each and every day. It's been proven that these babies experience intense pain. Can you imagine it?

    The future Obama administration will legalize abortion on demand. His zeal blinds him to the truth of God's Commandments. Minors will no longer require their parent's permission to have an abortion. Presently, some States prohibit partial-birth abortion. Under the Obama administration, these States' abortion laws will become null and void. Like Herod, we too, will have the slaughter of the innocent and our taxes will be paying for them.

    I write with candor and authenticity. As Christians we must not drift with the culture.

    We all need to pray the Rosary more fervently and more frequently, as well as to support pro-life organizations. This is not a whim. It is our obligation as Christians to support life and God's Commandments. What do you think Jesus and Mary are saying about these daily occurrences? Have you thought about what actions you will take to defend life?

    God is the Source of living waters. He loves us more than we can imagine. The truth is Jesus, the Son of God and the Bread of Life. Jesus' purpose was to return the world to God's Dominion for we are heirs to the Kingdom of Heaven through Christ. We've been given the most magnificent gift!

    Please continue to pray for our military, their families and peace in the world.

    May God Our Father, through Jesus and Mary bless you and your families with a joyful Christmas and a happy, healthy and spiritual New Year!

    May God Our Father, through Jesus and Mary, the Patroness of our Country, bless and restore the United States of America with peace and good will.

    Merry Christmas Everybody!

    Your companion in prayer, Mary


    Mother, I commend and entrust to you all that goes to make up earthly progress, asking that it should not be one-sided, but that it should create conditions for the full spiritual advancement of individuals, families, communities and nations. I commend to you the unborn, the poor, the suffering, the sick and the handicapped, the aging and ghe dying. I ask you to recincile those in sin, to heal those in pain, and to uplift those who have lost their hope and joy. Show to those who struggle in doubt the light of Christ your Son. Amen.