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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





to St. Anthony Messenger Print Edition




Agnes of Bohemia: Agnes had no children of her own but was certainly life-giving for all who knew her. 
<p>Agnes was the daughter of Queen Constance and King Ottokar I of Bohemia. At the age of three, she was betrothed to the Duke of Silesia, who died three years later. As she grew up, she decided she wanted to enter the religious life. </p><p>After declining marriages to King Henry VII of Germany and Henry III of England, Agnes was faced with a proposal from Frederick II, the Holy Roman Emperor. She appealed to Pope Gregory IX for help. The pope was persuasive; Frederick magnanimously said that he could not be offended if Agnes preferred the King of Heaven to him. </p><p>After Agnes built a hospital for the poor and a residence for the friars, she financed the construction of a Poor Clare monastery in Prague. In 1236, she and seven other noblewomen entered this monastery. St. Clare sent five sisters from San Damiano to join them, and wrote Agnes four letters advising her on the beauty of her vocation and her duties as abbess. </p><p>Agnes became known for prayer, obedience and mortification. Papal pressure forced her to accept her election as abbess; nevertheless, the title she preferred was "senior sister." Her position did not prevent her from cooking for the other sisters and mending the clothes of lepers. The sisters found her kind but very strict regarding the observance of poverty; she declined her royal brother’s offer to set up an endowment for the monastery. </p><p>Devotion to Agnes arose soon after her death on March 6, 1282. She was canonized in 1989.</p> American Catholic Blog We do not need to pile up words upon words in order to be heard in the heart of God. Jesus also has a very comforting message: The Father knows what we need even before we ask for it.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Feliz Cumpleaños
Spanish-speaking friends will appreciate your thoughtfulness in finding a birthday e-card in Spanish!

Second Sunday in Lent
Lent invites us to open our hearts, minds and bodies to the grace of rebirth.

Thank You
Catholic Greetings offers an assortment of blank e-cards for various occasions.

Caregiver
The caregiver’s hands are the hands of Christ still at work in the world.

Lent
During Lent the whole Christian community follows Christ’s example of penance.


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