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Christmas at the Monastery
Photos by James Behrens, OCSO

Here's a look at how the Trappist monks in Conyers, Georgia, celebrate the birth of Christ.

WEB+ Learn more about the monks at the Monastery of the Holy Spirit.
Wood Carvers of Bethlehem
Lori Erickson

Olive-wood carving has been an honored craft in Bethlehem for many centuries. These artisans continue the tradition.

WEB+ Bethlehem Fair Trade Artisans (BFTA)
Flying Lessons
Barbara Mangione

The passengers faced a dilemma: help or ignore two strangers in need?

Grace in a Coffee Pot
Charity Vogel

Regular? Decaf? Doesn’t matter. Enjoying a pot of coffee with loved ones can be a holy moment.

St. Francis and the Incarnation
John Quigley, OFM

Jesus became one of us to help us share in divine life. Christmas celebrates that.

WEB+ The Incarnation of Jesus
How the Incarnation Changed Everything

I Was Homeless
Gail Busiek

Faith kept me safe on the streets of Boston.

WEB+ National Coalition for the Homeless
Advocacy Groups for the Homeless





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Eusebius of Vercelli: Someone has said that if there had been no Arian heresy denying Christ's divinity, it would be very difficult to write the lives of many early saints. Eusebius is another of the defenders of the Church during one of its most trying periods. 
<p>Born on the isle of Sardinia, he became a member of the Roman clergy and is the first recorded bishop of Vercelli in Piedmont in northwest Italy. He is also the first to link the monastic life with that of the clergy, establishing a community of his diocesan clergy on the principle that the best way to sanctify his people was to have them see a clergy formed in solid virtue and living in community. </p><p>He was sent by Pope Liberius to persuade the emperor to call a council to settle Catholic-Arian troubles. When it was called at Milan, Eusebius went reluctantly, sensing that the Arian block would have its way, although the Catholics were more numerous. He refused to go along with the condemnation of St. Athanasius; instead, he laid the Nicene Creed on the table and insisted that all sign it before taking up any other matter. The emperor put pressure on him, but Eusebius insisted on Athanasius’ innocence and reminded the emperor that secular force should not be used to influence Church decisions. At first the emperor threatened to kill him, but later sent him into exile in Palestine. There the Arians dragged him through the streets and shut him up in a little room, releasing him only after his four-day hunger strike. They resumed their harassment shortly after. </p><p>His exile continued in Asia Minor and Egypt, until the new emperor permitted him to be welcomed back to his see in Vercelli. He attended the Council of Alexandria with Athanasius and approved the leniency shown to bishops who had wavered. He also worked with St. Hilary of Poitiers against the Arians. </p><p>He died peacefully in his own diocese at an advanced age.</p> American Catholic Blog In a world that encourages us to take all we can for ourselves, sacrifice is often seen as a distasteful and negative word. Yet, if we want to help the poor, we must embrace some personal sacrifice.

The Blessing of Family

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Mary's Flower - Fleur-de-lis
More countless than the drops in an ocean are the repetitions down the ages of those gracious words: “Hail, Full of Grace, the Lord is with thee.”

St. Ignatius Loyola
The founder of the Society of Jesus is also a patron of all who were educated by the Jesuits.

Anniversary
We continue to fall in love again and again throughout our years together.

Vacation
God is a beacon in our lives; the steady light that always comes around again.

Sympathy
Grace gives us the courage to accept what we cannot change.


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