Today, Christians often take the meaning of Christmas for granted. Unfortunately, the wonder and magnificence of the Incarnation and the subsequent birth of the humble little Christ Child, including study and reflection on these singularly unique and pivotal events in human history, are often displaced by other concerns. Often unrecognized or forgotten is the struggle, the bloodshed, and the extreme labor of the Church over the centuries to guard and transmit the truth of Jesus of Nazareth in its full purity to the entire world.
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The theological virtue of hope, itself a gift from God, is integral to a fruitful Advent which entails looking forward in fervent expectation of the arrival of the Christ Child, who himself is the fulfillment of every human hope.
In the previous essay, I noted how one aspect found in those who embrace relativism is a propensity to project the wishes and desires of their individual ego onto God. This is often manifested by shaping God into a kind of permissive, “Divine Grandfather of Love,” who is himself a relativist.