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Bishop Tom Deenihan: 'We can share the joy of Christmas with its true spirit of peace and generosity'

The story of the Nativity speaks volumes to our hearts and souls and should live with us through the festive season, writes Bishop Tom Deenihan

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FIRST CHRISTMAS: The story of Joseph and Mary, a young couple searching for accommodation, reflects the social challenges of 2018

FIRST CHRISTMAS: The story of Joseph and Mary, a young couple searching for accommodation, reflects the social challenges of 2018

FIRST CHRISTMAS: The story of Joseph and Mary, a young couple searching for accommodation, reflects the social challenges of 2018

As Christmas Day approaches, many of us are preoccupied and frantically searching to secure gifts for our friends and loved ones. Some started early but others will wait until Christmas Eve. The spirit of generosity is central to the Christmas story.

It is but part of the picture. Let us remind ourselves of what Christmas meant to our parents and to their parents before them. Christmas has been, and will always be, first and foremost, a religious feast wherein we commemorate the love that God has for each of us - notwithstanding our shortcomings. The sending of His only Son to a stable at Bethlehem, which is what we celebrate at Christmas, is the proof.


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