The Irony of the Modern Day Nativity Scene in Bethlehem

Just two months ago I was at the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem. The irony was that my experience there was just like that of a typical shopping mall the day before Christmas with huge lines, people cutting in and pushing their way forward to get there “first”. It was not a peaceful place and nothing like the scene I imagined the day that Christ was born. All the holy sites in Israel are like that to some degree ...

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A truly miserable life is one that serves no purpose, one that is cut off and tossed about with every wind

“Now, this is precisely the essence of a vocation: it makes a person realize the necessity of their existence, that is, discover that he is necessary to others, and answers a vital need. A truly miserable life is one that serves no purpose, which feels itself cut off, tossed to and fro and carried about with every wind, as St. Paul said. It is superficial with the horrible superficiality of one who is not carried along to his proper place ...

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