By James Bascom and John Ritchie
“And the Word was made flesh, and dwelt amongst us.” This most grandiose, beautiful, and unfathomable mystery serves as a cornerstone of the holy Catholic Faith. Every heresy and attack against the Church somehow denies this mystery, whereas all Catholic beliefs are built upon it, and without it the Faith crumbles to the ground, for as St. Ephrem the Syrian said: “If Christ be not God, our salvation is a lie.”
What can be done about it? Tradition Family Property Student Action has compiled a list of ten very concrete actions you can do to celebrate Our Lord’s coming this Christmas Season.
1. Never use the “H” words
2. Decorate your college dorm
3. Send Christmas cards
4. Share a Christmas message
5. Organize a Christmas celebration
6. Plan a Eucharistic adoration
7. Visit the sick
8. Prepare yourself
9. Write a Christmas card to the troops
10. Help with this one
Please click title above for more details on each of these suggestions.
The Maryknoll Fathers and Brothers also want us to keep Christ in Christmas.
"We can endeavor to bring Christ back in Christmas, for ourselves and especially
for the young. After all--whose birthday is it, anyway?
Their suggestion list is as follows:
1. Use postage stamps having a religious theme.
2. Purchase an Advent calendar.
3. Make use of a creche in a window or on the lawn.
4. Place a lighted candle in the window.
5. Purchase carols on cassettes, records, CDs and all.
6. Call radio stations and television channels requesting carols and Christmas stories.
7. Ask in stores for Christmas wrapping paper and decorations. If enough requests are made, it will alert buyers and manufactureres.
8. Read Christmas stories to children.
9. Have the child purchase a gift, wrap it, and give it to the poor.
10. Look up and explain the story of the original Christmas tree to the children.
11. Utilize the Mexican custom of the Posadas.
12. Use bumper stickers with "Merry Christmas" instead of "Happy Holidays".
13. Have a child place a straw in the creche during Advent for each good deed done as a gift to Baby Jesus.
"Above all, pray for the young, so that when they become adults they will not
regard Christmas as just another holiday free from work."