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A Role Model for All Men

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The following is from the book “31 Day Novena to St. Joseph” edited by Dr. Rosalie A. Turton. Reflections and Meditations taken from “St. Joseph as Seen by Mystics and Historians”
While all men would contribute to the death of the savior, only one, St. Joseph, was to save Him from death in his infancy. Crisis reveals character. The flight into Egypt now showed to Mary that God had given her not only a devoted lover and a loyal husband, but a resolute man of action who would shirk nothing in Her defense and that of the child.
Let us consider now the anxiety and fright that Joseph suffered at the time when King Herod was looking for the Child to kill Him. Joseph was so unprepared for this news that, according to the Armenians, he fled the city as soon as he could with his Wife and left Her hidden in a cave. Then he went back to the city to look for some provisions and things for the journey, and he was an eyewitness to the slaughter of the innocents.
Afterwards, St. Joseph returned from the city with a few things for such a long journey, filled with fear and fright, and with this anxiety, the Holy Family began its flight from King Herod. And, since Joseph was afraid that they would be overtaken, he became uneasy when he saw soldiers on the road, fearful that they would tear the Child from Mary’s arms, as he had seen them do to others in the city.
The fear of being overtaken and discovered always accompanied those who fled, and made this journey for them a continuous nightmare, and Jerusalem was less than two hours away from Bethlehem. The flight was a rough one, six or seven days long.
In order to go to Egypt, they travelled through the desert and through towns. In the desert, they had to be on the watch for tigers, lions, snakes, beasts, wild animals, and robbers. The towns were inhabited by Gentiles, who were archenemies of the Israelites; since Joseph did not carry a halbred (weapon), he could not be sure of anything… and all this in the hardest part of winter with the discomfort of wind and snow!
In order to furnish them with some kind of shelter against the open air, however narrow and humble it might be, St. Joseph formed a sort of tent for the Divine Word and most Holy Mary by means of his cloak and some sticks. Everything they needed was lacking.
Another way that Joseph protected the God-man which also required tremendous strength, was to keep life-long silence about the Christ Child, in order more fittingly to hide from any witnesses the wonders which passed between them, and which were not to be communicated to outsiders. In silence, he prayed for many, and obtained the intercession of the Christ Child and His Mother.

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Victories of the Rosary

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The incidents described below are from the book “The Fundamentals of Our Faith” as explained by The Blessed Virgin Mary to Mary Ann Van Hoof, pages 112-114. (Please continue to pray that our current resident of the White House and his followers convert to Christianity and govern according to God’s will.)

Murret, France, 1213: After the success of the Christian Army, and in gratitude for the Victory, the first Chapel of the Rosary was built here.

Lepanto, Italy, 1571: One of the greatest victories through the Rosary, was the battle of Lepanto. The Mohammedans, who threatened to overrun Christian Europe, were defeated. September 17, 1569, Pope Pius V, asked that all Christendom, recite the Rosary, have forty hours devotions and public processions. On October 7, he spent the entire night in prayer. The Venetian Senate wrote to the other States which had taken part in the Crusade: “It was not generals nor battalions nor arms that brought us victory; but it was Our Lady of the Rosary.”

War of 1812: At New Orleans, in spite of the fact that our troops were hopelessly outnumbered, 6,000 against 15,000 British, we were victorious. General Jackson publicly acknowledged this great favor and personally thanked the nuns, women, and children who had spent the previous night in a vigil of prayer, praying the Rosary over and over again, before a shrine of Our Lady of Prompt Help in the Ursuline convent.

Austria Saved From Communism: Historians still wonder how, on May 13, 1955 Soviet Russia agreed to the independence of Austria, and shortly after removed its troops.

In a letter written by Father Petrus Pavlicek, O.F.M. and published in the October 13, 1955 VOX DA FATIMA the full credit is given to Our Lady of Fatima and the recitation of the Rosary by thousands of Austrians. Over 700,000 of the 7,000,000 people of Austria, or 10% of the population, pledged themselves to pray the daily Rosary in compliance with Our Lady’s requests at Fatima.

One of the last public statements which the famous stigmatist, Therese Neumann, made before her death on September 18, 1962, was an affirmation of the belief of Father Petrus, that Austria was saved through the Rosary.

Brazil, 1964: At this time the Communists apparently had all things ready for a complete takeover. One thing overlooked was the power of women and the Rosary. It was the determined and valiant women of Brazil who rallied behind Our Lady of the Rosary to prevent a Red takeover. One leader of the counter-revolution stated that, “Without the women we could never have halted Brazil’s plunge toward communism…”

The first to take action against Goulart were the women of San Paulo. In six days they arranged a demonstration, called the “March of the Family With God Toward Freedom”, in which 600,000 strong marched through the broad thoroughfares of downtown San Paulo praying the Rosary and singing Religious hymns for three hours. This demonstration touched off many other religious rallies throughout the country.

It is small wonder then that the civil and military chiefs of the liberators were almost unanimous in attributing the victory to the special intervention of the Blessed Virgin, through the fervent use of Her Rosary. The whole Brazilian Episcopate in its collective declaration of June 3, 1964 expressly confirmed it. Cardinal Camara summarized well the general attitude of the Brazilians when he said in his April 2 talk: “The Rosary enkindles the valor of the soldiers.”

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Prayer to the Holy Family

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In my little kitchen, I have a lovely picture of the Holy Family, Jesus, Mary and Joseph.  They are surrounded by angels.  Jesus is walking towards Mary and Joseph is building something.  I say this prayer daily, reminding me of the holiness and humility of the Holy Family.
Oh most loving Jesus, who by your surpassing virtues and the example of your home life did hallow the household in which you did choose to live while on earth, mercifully look down upon this family, whose members humbly prostrate before you, imploring your protection.  Remember that we are yours, bound and consecrated to you.  Protect us in your mercy, deliver us from danger, help us persevere always in the imitation of your Holy Family, so that, by serving you and loving you faithfully during this mortal life, we may at length give you eternal praise in heaven. 
Oh Mary, dearest Mother, we implore your assistance, knowing that your divine Son will hearken to thy petitions. 
And do you, most glorious patriarch, St. Joseph, help us with your powerful patronage, and place our petitions in Mary’s hands, that she may offer them to Jesus Christ. 
Amen.
~Joan

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Little Johnny's Christmas list. I'm already sorry. LOL

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Little Johnny’s Ransom
Little Johnny desperately wanted a bright red wagon for Christmas. His friends were writing letters to Santa Claus, so Johnny decided to do them one better.
“Dear Jesus,” he wrote, “If I get a red wagon for Christmas, I will not fight with my brother Hank for a year.” Then Johnny thought, ‘Oh, no, Hank is such a brat, I could never, ever keep that promise.’ So Johnny threw away the letter and wrote another one.
“Dear Jesus, if I get a red wagon for Christmas, I will eat all my vegetables for a year.” Then Johnny thought, ‘Oh, no, that means spinach and asparagus. Yuck! I could never ever keep that promise.’
Then Johnny had an idea. He threw away the paper and went downstairs to the living room. From the mantel above the fireplace, he grabbed the family’s statue of the Virgin Mary. Taking the statue to the kitchen he wrapped it in newspapers then stuffed the newspapers into a grocery bag.
He took the package upstairs to his room, opened the closet and placed the whole works in the farthest, darkest corner. Then he closed the closet door tightly, took a new sheet of paper and wrote: “Dear Jesus. If you ever want to see your mother again…”
~Steve~

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Saturday morning laugh.

Brenda O’Malley is home making dinner, as usual, when Tim Finnegan arrives at her door.
“Brenda, may I come in?” he asks. “I’ve
somethin’ to tell ya”.
” Of course you can come in, you’re always welcome, Tim. But where’s my husband?”
” That’s what I’m here to be telling ya, Brenda.”
There was an accident down at the Guinness brewery…”
Oh, God no!” cries Brenda. “Please don’t tell me.”
” I must, Brenda. Your husband Shamus is dead and gone. I’m sorry.”
Finally, she looked up at Tim.. “How did it happen, Tim?”
” It was terrible, Brenda. He fell into a vat Of Guinness Stout and drowned.”
“Oh my dear Jesus! But you must tell me the truth, Tim. Did he at least go quickly?”

“Well, Brenda…. no. In fact, he got out three times to pee.”

Mary Clancy goes up to Father O’ Grady after his Sunday morning service, and she’s in tears.
He says, ” So what’s bothering you, Mary my dear?”
She says, “Oh, Father, I’ve got terrible news . My husband passed away last night.”
The priest says, “Oh, Mary, that’s terrible. Tell me, Mary, did he have any last requests?”
S he says, “That he did, Father.”
The priest says, “What did he ask, Mary? ”

She says, He said, ‘Please Mary, put down that damn gun…

An Irishman who had a little too much to drink is driving home from the city one night and, of course, his car is weaving violently all over the road.
A cop pulls him over.
” So,” says the cop to the driver, where have ya been?”
“Why, I’ve been to the pub of course,” slurs the drunk.
” Well,” says the cop, “it looks like you’ve had quite a few to drink this evening.”
” I did all right,” the drunk says with a smile.
“D id you know,” says the cop, standing straight and folding his arms across his chest, that a few intersections back, your wife fell out of your car?”
“Oh, thank heavens,” sighs the drunk.
“For a minute there, I thought I’d gone deaf.”
~Steve~                         H/T  I_Man

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Are Mitt Romney and Other Mormons "Christian"?


Establishment Republicans are determined to engineer Mitt Romney to be the GOP’s presidential nominee, says Rush Limbaugh.
Certainly, Chris Christie’s surprise endorsement of Mitt Romney yesterday bolsters Limbaugh’s claim. Who wudda thought that the Christie admired adulated by so many conservatives for his pugnacious stance against teachers’ and other public employee unions turns out to be so establishment?
But it’s not just RINOs who want Romney. Liberals, too, want him to be the GOP nominee. Yesterday, none other than the liberal Washington Post‘s Alexandra Petri opines “Just nominate Mitt Romney, already.”
If the Republican Old Guard succeeds in engineering a Romney candidacy, the spotlight will be on his Mormon religion. Already, it is an issue.
An Evangelical pastor who supports Rick Perry caused a big controversy when he told reporters he thought Mormonism is “a cult”, prompting a denial of the opinion by the Perry campagn, and a characterization of it as “bigotry” by former member of the Reagan cabinet, Bill Bennett, speaking in support of Romney.
Mormons, of course, insist theirs is not a cult, but rather in the mainstream of Christian America. So is Mormonism really Christian? Below are excerpts from an article for Catholic Lane by Mary Kochan, “Is Mormonism a Christian Denomination?,” Oct 10, 2011:
Mormons have been publicly asking to be accepted as “Christians” and have their church, “The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints”, viewed as just another Christian denomination for decades now. But their own history makes this problematic. Their founder, Joseph Smith, claimed to have been told in a vision regarding the Christian churches that God “forbade me to join with any of them” and “all their creeds were an abomination in his sight.” It is hence Mormons (not Christians) who established, from the beginning of their group, an antagonistic relationship with those Christian groups already in existence, although in recent years Mormons have sought to downplay this antagonism.
[…] In one sense, clearly, Mormonism is Christian. If you were going to categorize Mormonism according to world-religion criteria, you would have to say they are Christians. World religions are the major belief systems found around the world that frame a tradition of enough cultural richness to support a civilization. The major world religions are Christianity, Judaism, Hinduism, Buddhism, Shintoism, Confucianism and Islam. Clearly Mormonism fits into the broad “Christian” category. And so would many other groups whose relationship with the wider Christian world is antagonistic: Jehovah’s Witnesses, Oneness Pentecostals, etc.
[…] It may be that in the not-too-distant future, we will have to categorize Mormonism as a separate world religion. It is the fifth-largest religious group now in the US, having passed the Lutherans, and the LDS are experiencing rapid expansion in other countries. In many ways its development parallels that of Islam. Both religions were founded by prophets who claimed to have been visited by an angel. They borrow heavily from Judaism and Christianity, yet reject their central tenets. Both rely upon strange revisions of history. The Koran identifies Mary, the mother of Jesus, with Miriam the sister of Moses, who lived over fourteen centuries earlier. The Book of Mormon makes numerous claims regarding the peoples of the Americas (including the idea that the American Indians descended from a lost tribe of ancient Israelites) that have been refuted by history, archeology, and anthropology. Both Islam and Mormonism claim that where their sacred writings contradict the Bible, the Christian and Jewish scriptures have been corrupted.
[…] In their initial approach to you, they will do all they can to hide or gloss over the distinctive beliefs of their church. Statements of Mormon belief sound so much like statements of the Christian faith that many Catholics and Protestants are quite willing to recognize Mormons as “Christians” […]
Christians…are misled into the Mormon church where they are indoctrinated in a religion which rejects the central doctrines of the Christian faith, resulting in them bringing their children up as non-Christians. […]
In order to protect Christians from this deception and to help Mormons learn the truth, we must understand how Mormon doctrine differs from the historic Christian faith that we share with Protestants. To do this, we will examine first what Mormons say, then how they define the terms they are using and how that differs from the Christian faith. Finally we provide a biblical, Christian response and suggestions for how to discuss these things with a member of the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints.
The Central Question: Who is God?

What Mormons will say they believe about God:

  1. We believe in God the Father who is the Father of Jesus Christ.
  2. We worship God the Father and pray to him in Jesus’ name.
  3. Jesus is our Savior.

Why the Mormon God the Father is not the Christian God the Father:

  1. “God the Father” to a Mormon is not God the Father, first Person of the Holy Trinity, Whom Christians confess. He is one of many gods.
  2. The Mormon worships God the Father because He is the god of this planet, but other planets have other gods equal to or even greater than God the Father.
  3. The Mormon “God the Father” had a father and was once a man on a planet who worshiped his own Father God. He was subsequently exalted to godhood. He has a physical, human body.
  4. It is the hope of the male Mormon to progress to the point where he too will be a god like God the Father and be ruling over his own planet.
  5. The Mormons have a saying: “What man is, God once was; what God is, man will become.” This is polytheism.

Christian answer:

  1. The God of the Bible is the Creator and God of all the universe, of all worlds, not just our planet. He made the heavens and the earth; there is no other God; there never has been any other God, nor will there ever be another (Gn 1:1; Is 43;10; 44:6, 8, 24).
  2. God the Father was never a man.
  3. You will never be God.
  4. True Christianity, like Judaism, is monotheistic. As our creed states “We believe in one God.”

Jesus: Brother of Lucifer?

Why the Mormon Jesus is not the Christian Jesus:

  1. The Mormon Jesus is the spirit-brother of Lucifer (Satan). They were both born in heaven by God the Father’s union with one of his many spirit wives.
  2. According to Mormon teaching, when it was time for Jesus to come down to earth, God the Father sent down one of his spirit wives from heaven to be born as a woman, Mary. Then he came down and had physical, marital relations with her in order for her to give birth to a human body inhabited by Jesus coming from heaven. This is a denial of the Virgin Birth.

Christian answer:

  1. Since God the Father does not have a physical human body, He did not impregnate Mary by a physical union (2 Chr 6:18; Jn 4:24).
  2. Jesus became incarnate by the power of the Holy Spirit and was born of the Virgin Mary (Mt 1:23; Lk 2:30-35).
  3. God the Father does not have a wife or wives in heaven.
  4. Jesus is the eternally-begotten Son of God, one in being with the Father (Jn 1:1-18).
  5. He is not the older brother of Lucifer.
  6. He is the older brother, as well as Lord and God, of those born again by water and Spirit, God’s adopted children (Jn 3:3-17; Rom 8:14-17, 29).

Why the Mormon doctrine of man is not the Christian doctrine of man:

  1. According to Mormonism, all human beings existed as spirit children of God and his wife in heaven before coming to earth.
  2. They grow to spirit “adulthood” serving God (even fighting in heavenly battles), and are then sent to earth to be babies of human parents.
  3. The earthly life is their opportunity to become gods themselves, like their heavenly Father, by “obeying the laws of the Gospel” just as the god of this planet once did.

Christian answer:

  1. There is no biblical support for the idea that human beings were spirit children of God in heaven before coming to earth.
  2. Jesus was unique in being a human being with a pre-human existence (Jn 1:18; 3:13, 31; 8:23, 58).
  3. Jesus took on human nature at the Incarnation. God became man — not the other way around. His human nature was glorified at His Resurrection.
  4. We will be like God in that we will have the same kind of glorified human nature which Jesus possesses, not in becoming gods and ruling planets ourselves (1 Jn 3:3; Rom 8:22, Phil 3:20-21).
  5. While heaven is the presence of God with unfettered communion, the distinction between God and creatures remains (Rv 5:13, 14).

What is Salvation?

What Mormons will say they believe about salvation:

  1. All are redeemed by the Savior’s self-sacrifice, from the consequences of the fall.
  2. Immortality comes as a free gift, by the grace of God alone, without works.
  3. Jesus is our Savior.

Why Mormon salvation is not Christian salvation:

  1. According to Mormonism, everyone and everything — all of creation — has been redeemed and therefore “saved.”
  2. This salvation gains, for all human beings, a physical resurrection only — not eternal life. Eternal life is not “salvation”; it is “exaltation.”
  3. If you ask a Mormon if he is saved (per Evangelical parlance), he will answer yes.
  4. If you ask him if he believes you are saved, he will answer yes. This confuses Christians who do not understand that being “saved” and gaining “eternal life” are not the same thing in Mormon thinking.
  5. It is further confused by the Mormon distinction between “immortality” (salvation to physical resurrection) and “eternal life” (exaltation to godhood).
  6. The Mormons have a saying: “Salvation without exaltation is damnation.”
  7. Therefore, a Mormon can, with a straight face, tell you he believes you are “saved,” while he also believes you are damned!

Christian answer:

  1. We define salvation according to what we are saved from. We are saved from sin and from the wages of sin — death.
  2. To be saved from sin is to be justified and sanctified. To be saved from death is to receive eternal life (Rom 6:22, 23).
  3. Being saved, justified, sanctified and given eternal life by the grace of God are all things which are interconnected in the Scriptures. There is no biblical basis for separating them (Rom 5).
  4. Seeking exaltation is contrary to the spirit of Christ. We are rather to humble ourselves, recognize our sinfulness and call upon the Lord for mercy and forgiveness (Js 4:6-10).

Why the Mormon hope is not the Christian hope:

  1. It is the hope of the male Mormon to progress to the point where he will be a god like God the Father and be ruling over his own planet. This is “exaltation,” and depends upon the Mormon “Plan of Eternal Progression.”
  2. The hope of Mormon females depends upon their being married, in a temple ceremony, to a Mormon male who achieves exaltation.
  3. Mormon women married to non-Mormons (“Gentiles”) can arrange for a “temple sealing” (marriage by proxy) to a Mormon male after their death. This is to assure that in eternity they are considered to have been married to and produced their children from a Mormon husband so that they and their children can be exalted.
  4. Mormon males expect to produce offspring in heaven with their mate(s), offspring who will subsequently be sent to populate their planet and achieve their own exaltation to godhood and so on and so on…

Christian answer:

  1. The God of the Bible is the Creator and God of all the universe, of all worlds, not just our planet. He made man for Himself and in His image to be in communion with God and enter into the love of the Holy Trinity.
  2. When man fell into sin and marred the image of God in his own being, the second person of the Trinity became incarnate — taking human nature to Himself.
  3. He then did what He could not do in the form of God: He died to save us from sin and death, so that we could come back into communion with God and share the love of the Holy Trinity. Our hope is to be with God, not to be God (Gn 1-3; Phil 2:5-11).

When Talking to a Mormon

Remember that the Mormon is trained to hide the difference between his beliefs and yours and to present himself as a Christian. However, his belief that he is a Christian is sincere, and his efforts to hide the distinctive of the Mormon religion are pursued in his desire to get you to accept Mormon teachings.
Do not allow glib, surface responses to go unchallenged; press the Mormon to define the Christian-sounding words he is using.
Define your own terms also. Draw the contrast for the Mormon. Calmly and clearly insist that what you and he believe about the nature of God, the identity of Jesus, the nature of man, salvation and eternal life are different. To pretend otherwise is dishonest.
Appeal to his honesty and sense of fairness. You might say, “Look, we are not going to get anywhere unless we are honest with each other. Without making any statement about which one of us is right, can’t we just acknowledge that we do not worship the same God?” or “Can’t we just acknowledge that we do not have the same hope for the future?”
Help the Mormon to consider the logical and philosophical problems with the Plan of Eternal Progression: If God had a Father and He had a Father and so on — then who was the first God? Mormons say it is an “infinite regression.” But since there is no way to cross an infinite distance or pass an infinite amount of time, there would be no way to get to “now” and to “us” from an infinite past. Time has to have had a beginning and it did. It began with the creation “of all things seen and unseen” by God. Mormons say that God is omnipotent (almighty, all-powerful), yet they say there are many gods. There cannot be more than one omnipotent being, so the Mormon conception of God is shrunken and distorted.
A big selling point of the Mormon hope for the future is the idea that families will be together eternally. But if Mormons become Gods of planets and then their children become Gods of other planets — how do the children and parents get together? Can a God leave his planet unattended while he goes to a celestial family reunion? This Mormon selling point would be diminished if we Christians were more vocal about our hope for the “new heavens and new earth” in which we know one another in the all the relationships of our present lives, only in glory (2 Pt 3:13; Rv 21:1).
Welcome the participation of Mormons in causes which we share for the common good: strengthening family life, fighting pornography and abortion, fostering the virtue of patriotism, and defending the Constitution. We honor each Mormon as a person who desires what is genuinely good for himself, his family and his society – and when we share the truths of the Christian faith with him.
[For more on the political implications of Mormonism see here.]
~Eowyn

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A Rosary In the Sky

The rosary (from Latin rosarium, meaning “rose garden” or “garland of roses”) is a garland of prayer beads Catholics use to count a series of prayers. The prayers consist of repeated sequences of the Lord’s Prayer followed by ten prayings of the Hail Mary and a single praying of “Glory Be to the Father”. Each of these sequences is known as a decade. The praying of each decade is accompanied by meditation on one of the Mysteries of the Rosary, which recall the life of Jesus Christ.
Here’s my rosary, laid on top of a tile I’d made:

On August 13, 2011, people in Chicago looked up and saw a giant 75-foot rosary with a 6-ft gold cross in the sky:

The pro-LIFE balloon rosary floating near Chicago's Trump Tower


Judi McLeod reports for Canada Free Press, August 15, 2011, that 20 elementary-school aged girls in a summer camp at a Chicago Catholic Parish made the giant rosary from helium-filled yellow and blue balloons.
The children launched their rosary skyward from Chicago’s Michigan Avenue bridge, claiming the Magnificent Mile for Mary, the Blessed Mother of Jesus. Believers knew that the floating rosary celebrated the August 15 Feast of the Assumption of Our Lady.
The little girls had to carry their rosary, cross-first, through downtown Chicago’s peak traffic. They met with the same dignity the jeers along with the cheers of pedestrians and motorists watching their progress.
Cameras and cellphones flew into action as people responded to the unexpected sight. Some onlookers, including homeless people, gave the girls high fives. Street preachers burst into the singing of Gospel songs. Semi-truck drivers shook the streets by sounding their truck horns in approval.
One participant said, “I was completely ecstatic the whole time. I loved seeing how many people on a random street corner were thrilled. It is a lot more than we tend to think.” A passerby tweeted, “A balloon rosary in the air. My faith confirmed :)”.
The rosary also bore the word “LIFE”. The girls had first prayed the rosary in front of the Washington Blvd. Family Planning Associates, for an end to abortion. The rosary over Chicago was the latest of a series of spontaneous acts of joy across the United States involving the yellow pro-LIFE balloons.
P.S. Protestants who criticize Catholics for “worshiping” Mary are mistaken. Catholics do not worship Mary; we venerate (df: to regard with respect and admiring deference) and love her because she is the mother of Jesus the Christ.
~Eowyn

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Digital Story of Birth of Christ

Times change, but the story is the same.
This will bring Joy to your heart…
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Merry Christmas!
H/t beloved fellow Bloomergal.
~Eowyn

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