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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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Stephen of Mar Saba: A "do not disturb" sign helped today's saint find holiness and peace. 
<p>Stephen of Mar Saba was the nephew of St. John Damascene, who introduced the young boy to monastic life beginning at age 10. When he reached 24, Stephen served the community in a variety of ways, including guest master. After some time he asked permission to live a hermit's life. The answer from the abbot was yes and no: Stephen could follow his preferred lifestyle during the week, but on weekends he was to offer his skills as a counselor. Stephen placed a note on the door of his cell: "Forgive me, Fathers, in the name of the Lord, but please do not disturb me except on Saturdays and Sundays." </p><p>Despite his calling to prayer and quiet, Stephen displayed uncanny skills with people and was a valued spiritual guide. </p><p>His biographer and disciple wrote about Stephen: "Whatever help, spiritual or material, he was asked to give, he gave. He received and honored all with the same kindness. He possessed nothing and lacked nothing. In total poverty he possessed all things." </p><p>Stephen died in 794.</p> American Catholic Blog Father, grant us the grace to be humble and content to place ourselves at your service. You know the role you want us to play in your kingdom. Following where you lead is the only sure way to find success and enjoy the adventure. We ask your grace to know this, in Jesus's name, Amen.


 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Tuesday of Holy Week
While Lent has a penitential character, it is also a time for reflecting on the baptismal commitment we make as Christians.

Monday of Holy Week
Holy Week reminds us of the price Jesus paid for our salvation. Take time for prayer at home and at church.

Palm Sunday
Holy Week services and prayers invite us to follow Jesus into Jerusalem, experiencing the events of his passion and death.

Praying for You
As they grow closer to the Easter sacraments, your parish’s RCIA candidates count on your prayers.

Congratulations
Thanks be to God for uncountable mercies--for every blessing!


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