Keeping in the Spirit
The Christmas season may be over for its secular celebrants, but the Catholic Church is not done celebrating. For Catholics, the season that began on December 24 with the First Vespers of the Nativity doesn’t end until January 13, when the Church celebrates the solemnity of the Baptism of Lord. Here are a few of the many offerings that FORMED has to keep you in the spirit of the season.
January 6 is the Epiphany of the Lord, the coming of the Magi from the East to worship the baby Jesus. Why did they come and what is the significance of the gifts they brought? A brief FORMED video, The Epiphany of the Lord, answers these questions and explains why we, like the Magi, should bow down before this baby as our king.
Then there is The Mystery of Christmas, an audio talk on FORMED by Father Larry Richards. Think about the audacity of a God, Father Richards says, who would humble himself to become an infant. There is nothing more important in human history than when God became a man. That which the universe cannot contain was contained in the womb of Mary.
Finally, now that that hectic part of the Christmas season is over, you may have time to read a book on FORMED called Cradle of Redeeming Love: The Theology of the Christmas Mystery. The author is Father John Saward, a theologian and member of the Blackfriars religious community in Oxford, England. The book offers “rigorous thinking,” says a reviewer, but “does so in a prose which glows with awe, tenderness, devotion.”