December 2017 / January 2018 - Vol. 95
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Reflections and Meditations

The Revealing of the Hidden Mystery, from Treatise of Hippolytus against the heresy of Noetus (170-236 AD)
 Feast of Epiphany and Theophany

God Showers Us with Gifts, by Irenaeus 200 A.D.
The Wonder of Christ, by Origen (185-254 AD)
If Christ had not been born of woman, by Proclus of Constantinople (446)
When Christ comes, God will be seen by men and women, by Irenaeus 200 A.D.
The Word made flesh deifies us, by Hippolytus (170-236 AD)

Life itself appeared in human form, by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)
Our desires will be completely fulfilled in the vision of the Word, by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)
The Wonderful Exchange, by Athanasius (2980373 AD) and Gregory Nazianzen (330-389 AD)
Truth sprang from the earth and justice looked down from heaven, by Augustine of Hippo (354-430 AD)
O Christian, be aware of  your nobility, by Leo the Great (died 461 AD)
The Wisdom of God was made flesh, by Peter Chrysologus (400-450 AD)
The Magnificat, a commentary of Bede on St. Luke's Gospel (672-735 AD)

The fulness of the Godhead came in the fulness of time, by Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
The Word of God will Come Within Us, by Bernard of Clairvaux (1090-1153)
"The Word was made flesh," by Lancelot Andrewes (1555-1626)
"There came wise men from the East," by Lancelot Andrewes (1620)
The God in the Cave, by G. K. Chesterton (1874-1936)

Contemporary authors
The Real Meaning of Christmas: what it means for us, by Steve Clark
The gifts of the Spirit in Isaiah 11:1-5, by Steve Clark
And He Lived Among Us, Therese Hilario Andres
Glory Cry the Angel Choirs, God on earth and man in heaven, a Christmas song by Ed Conlin
"You shall call his name Jesus," by Jeanne Kun
Jesus: a portrait of humility, by Jeanne Kun
God in Bethlehem's Cave: a meditation by Don Schwager 
The Gift of the Magi: a short story about unselfish love, by O. Henry

Poems for Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
Born This Eve, poem by Lynne May
Hope Revived (Isaiah 11), poem by Jeanne Kun
Advent Overture (Annunciation), poem by Jeanne Kun
The Word Made Flesh, poem by Jeanne Kun
Anna's Heir, poem by Jeanne Kun
Journey by Starlight (Epiphany), poem by Jeanne Kun



manuscript illustration (top) by Don Silvestro dei Gherarducci's Nativity in an Initial P (Morgan Library, c. 1392-1399)


Links to other seasonal spiritual readings:

Spiritual Reading for Advent Season
Spiritual Reading for Christmas and Epiphany Season
Spiritual Reading on the Cross of Jesus Christ

Spiritual Reading on the Resurrection of Christ and the Easter season
Spiritual Reading for Pentecost and the Gift of the Holy Spirit



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