Breath of Heaven – UPDATE

My podcast reading the Nativity Narrative of the Gospel of St. Luke

UPDATE: “Teach them to watch the star that leads to the baby. A must-read. One to save to re-read in mid-year, when both Christmas and Easter are have passed, and we’ve begun to forget. (H/T)

More giving…and…Even more

A very generous little kid who must have good parenting.

Fr. James Martin: Hail Mary

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  • J

    Thank you.

  • MJ

    Thank you and Merry Christmas to you and your family!!

  • NanB

    Merry Christmas to you and your family! Thank you for all of your inspiring, thought provoking and humorous posts. I always look forward to reading them everyday.

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  • s1c

    Merry Christmas and God bless each and everyone in your house and all of those who follow you.


  • JJM

    À vous, ma chère Anchoress, et à toute votre famille, je vous souhaite un très Joyeux Noël!

    God bless you and keep you well. I’ll keep you and your dear Dominican nuns in my thoughts at Midnight Mass.

    I enclose this poem by Wendy Cope which appeared in the Christmas edition of the British magazine The Spectator:


    Those of us who are not important enough
    To have places reserved for us
    And who turned up too late to get a seat at all,
    Stand in the nave aisles, or perch on stone ledges.

    We shiver in the draught from the west door.
    We cannot see the choir, the altar or the candles.
    We can barely see the words on our service sheets.

    But we can hear the music. And we can sing
    For the baby whose parents were not important enough
    To have a place reserved for them,
    And who turned up too late to get a room at all.”

    Ottawa Valley,

  • Acer Palmatum

    Merry Christmas to the Anchoress, her family and all her readers.

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    Christmas blessings to you and yours, Dear Anchoress. Thank you for all the wonderful gifts you give each day. God Bless!!

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  • Greta

    Merry Christmas.

    Sad to see the dissenting Jesuit at the end of this post touting the feminist views on Mary which dissent from established church teaching.

  • Bender

    **It’s tough to relate to someone who’s supposed to be God’s mom, isn’t it?**

    No, it isn’t. Not at all.

    I agree, Greta, practically the whole piece was sad, as well as confused as to who and what Mary is really like.

  • Ricky Raccoon

    Dear Anchoress,
    Longtime reader, first time commenter.
    Thank you for all you do here. You may have more readers than you think.
    Merry Christmas to you and yours.
    aka Rick Fernandes

  • Terrye

    Merry Christmas Anchoress and thank you for your voice.

  • unclesmrgol

    Merry Christmas!

  • dry valleys

    Krugman expresses himself (may make right-wingers throw up their Christmas dinner- don’t read unless you’re prepared for that!)

    Still feeling benevolent I am. Now I am preparing for what 2010 brings :)

  • B2

    Bless you, Anchoress.

  • Brian

    Dear Anchoress,

    I pray that you and yours have a blessed Christmas season and a very Happy and Healthy New Years!!

    God bless…

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  • Rob

    You are a stupid, hateful bitch. God does not exist. You have wasted your life believing in it, and deep down inside, you know it.

  • Miss Marple

    Ah, Rob, thank you for your fine example of the courtesy and warm-heartedness of the unbeliever.

    Anchoress, thank you for so often gleaning wonderful things for me to read. Sometimes I get lazy or frustrated and don’t spend the time in prayer or reading things which would help. Your column often points me in the direction I should go.

    Merry Christmas!

  • Fry

    Hey Rob – funny thing? Your rudeness pisses me off a lot more than it does our hostess, of that I’m sure. And you know what else? Despite your rudeness, I have no doubt that you will benefit from the benevolence of this wonderful woman who spends so much of her time in prayer for so many of us.

    Don’t be surprised when you are touched by the hand of He whom you accuse of not existing, and your icy heart turns and you BELIEVE!

    May He who surely does exist, bless you!