Strange Things Have Been Known To Happen on the Night of Christmas

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Jesuit Father Segundo Llorente (1906-1989) was an outstanding missionary to the faithful of Alaska. A brilliant and humble priest, Father Llorente spent himself in the service of the indigenous of Alaska for decades.

Years ago, in a meditation entitled “Strange Things Happen on the Night of Christmas,” this Spanish religious offered his thoughts on the adoration due the Most Holy Eucharist. This powerful essay, which was published in the February 1998 newsletter of the Catholic Society of Evangelists, seems more pertinent now than when it first was penned.

A priest told me what happened to him once in his first parish. After the Midnight Mass on Christmas Day he personally locked the church. With the keys in his pocket he went to his room and had a good sleep. At 7:30 in the morning he got up and went back to the church intending to have one hour of prayer all to himself. He opened the side door leading to the sacristy, turned on a light and then turned on the lights for the church. As he opened the sacristy door and walked into the church, he literally froze. Strange people clad in the poorest of clothes occupied most of the pews and all were in total silence. No one so much as wiggled and nobody cared to look at him. A small group was standing by the Nativity Scene contemplating the manger in total silence.

The priest recovered quickly and in a loud voice asked them how they got in. Nobody answered. He walked closer to them and asked again. “Who let you in?” A woman answered totally unconcerned: “Strange things happen on the night of Christmas.” And back to total silence The priest went to check the main door and found it locked just as he had left it. He was now determined to get the facts and turned his face to the pews; but they were empty. The people had vanished.

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Contending for the faith


A father was approached by his small son who told him proudly, “I know what  the Bible means!”
His father smiled and  replied, “What do you mean, you ‘know’ what the Bible means?
The son replied, “I do  know!”
“Okay,” said his father. “What does the  Bible mean?”
“That’s easy, Daddy…” the young  boy replied excitedly, “Basic  Information Before Leaving Earth.”

There was a very  gracious lady who was mailing an old family Bible  to her brother in another part of the  country.
“Is there anything breakable in here?”  asked the postal clerk.
“Only the Ten  Commandments.” answered the  lady.

A  minister waited in line to have his car filled  with gas just before a long holiday weekend. The  attendant worked quickly, but there were many cars  ahead of him. Finally, the attendant motioned him  toward a vacant pump.
“Reverend,” said the  young man, “I’m so sorry about the delay. It seems as if everyone waits until the last minute to get  ready for a long trip.”
The minister chuckled,  “I know what you mean. It’s the same in my business.”

Sunday  after church, a Mom asked her very young daughter  what the lesson was about.
The daughter  answered, “Don’t be scared, you’ll get your  quilt.”
Needless to say, the Mom was perplexed.  Later in the day, the pastor stopped by for tea  and the Mom asked him what that morning’s Sunday school  lesson was about.
He said “Be not  afraid, thy comforter is  coming.”

The minister was  preoccupied with thoughts of how he was going to  ask the congregation to come up with more money  than they were expecting for repairs to the church  building. Therefore, he was annoyed to find that  the regular organist was sick and a substitute had  been brought in at the last minute. The substitute  wanted to know what to play.
“Here’s a copy of  the service,” he said impatiently. “But, you’ll  have to think of something to play after I make the announcement about the finances.”

During  the service, the minister paused and said, “Brothers and Sisters, we are in great difficulty; the  roof repairs cost twice as much as we expected and  we need $4,000 more. Any of you who can pledge $100 or more, please stand up.”
At that moment,  the substitute organist played “The Star  Spangled Banner.”
And that is how the substitute became the regular  organist!

“Somebody has said  there are only two kinds of people in the world. There are those who wake up in the morning and  say, “Good morning, Lord,” and there are those who  wake up in the morning and say, “Good Lord, it’s  morning.”

Submitted by Oscar S.

A Saint Anthony Story

The most humorous story I ever heard regarding Saint Anthony was told by my mother. She had an aunt who prayed to Saint Anthony for many years. Every night she knelt before her statue of Saint Anthony and asked him to find her a husband. She prayed and prayed faithfully, but her prayers just weren’t being answered.

Finally one day, feeling discouraged and angry that Saint Anthony wasn’t answering her prayers, she took the statue and threw it out the window. It flew out of her apartment window and bonked an pedestrian on the head. The man saw which window the statue had come from, and returned it to her.

They married shortly after. I’m sure the bump had healed by then.

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Seen on the web: Remarkable Conversions To Catholicism


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Divine Truth or Cleverly Contrived Myth? How Catholics can tell the difference.

During the holy seasons of Easter and Christmas, Catholics are told that the pertinent events discussed in Sacred Scripture consist of “myth,” “mythological elements,” or “mythic roots.”

Never mind that many scholarly sources concede that it is difficult to define myth (cf. G. Kittel’s Theological Dictionary of the New Testament IV, 762-795). Further, critics say this “mythic” Scripture is not limited to the empty tomb and Incarnation but to all of Holy Writ.

This alleged relationship between Scripture and “myth” requires an analysis via the Holy Bible, Tradition, and the Magisterium of the Catholic Church.

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“Content with the idea of being old and ugly and poor and in pain”

“When I was in my 50’s I was an extraordinary minister of the Eucharist and used to take Our Lord to a housebound, devout Catholic  lady in her 90’s. Despite being incredibly bent and wizened, she was  ‘all there’ — though she slept most of the time. I used to sit with her one evening a week for over two years, while her sole caretaker, her daughter, went out to dinner with her friends — caretakers badly need a break to keep from becoming depressed and ill  themselves. I used to love being in the same room as this woman: her personal holiness was such that it felt the same as being in front of  the Blessed Sacrament, full of peace and goodness.

“One night, just before dawn, I had a dream of a radiant young  woman, tall, slim, and elegant in a dress of shimmering starlight coming toward me, smiling.

“She came and embraced me, and even in the dream I felt a surge of joy and physical warmth radiate from her. She turned and walked away into a beautiful landscape, and I awoke filled with wonderful happiness; the clock said five a.m. At eight o’clock  the elderly lady’s daughter called to say her mother had died peacefully  at five a.m.; and I realized she was that the radiant beauty, come to say ‘thanks’ for my bringing Our Lord in the Eucharist to  her, and sitting with her all those evenings.  Until that time, I had looked at feeble, sick old age as a miserable fate; but now I realize that old age is but a temporary phase, in which many of us will come to interior perfection, as this woman did.

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The Cost of Abortion in Women’s Lives

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Legal, illegal, professional, amateur, and self-induced. Abortion can be deadly, no matter what the setting or who is doing the deed.

The stories below tell about women who died from abortions. The stories come from court documents, medical journal articles, autopsy reports, news stories, and online sources. The dates range from the 19th century to the 21st century. The abortionists were mostly doctors, though a few were lay abortionists, some were posing as physicians, and a few were the woman herself.

The one thing all these stories share is this: Each woman died at the hands of somebody who bought into the idea that women and their unborn children are mortal enemies, and that abortion is a solution to women’s problems.

Women deserve better.

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