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The soul of Christmas

Author: Thomas Moore
Publisher: Cincinnati : Franciscan Media, 2016.
Edition/Format:   Print book : English
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With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith, and psychological insight ... author Thomas Moore turns his poetic attention to the most enduring story of them all: the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Carefully and lovingly, he looks at passages from the Gospels, both canonical and non-canonical, comparing them to archetypal stories and ancient myths in order to understand his own beliefs and to gaze in wonder at the  Read more...
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Named Person: Jesus Christ; Jesus Christ.
Document Type: Book
All Authors / Contributors: Thomas Moore
ISBN: 9781632531209 1632531208
OCLC Number: 940521106
Description: pages cm
Contents: A new day for spiritual practices --
Deepening the meaning of Christmas --
The day the sun stands still --
The birth of the child --
The manger and the animals --
The guiding star --
The Virgin Mother --
The Christmas tree --
Angels in the sky --
The coming of the Magi --
Gift-giving as a way of life --
Santa, the holy one --
The birth of the soul --
A last word --
The spirit of Christmas.
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With his trademark blend of storytelling, faith, and psychological insight ... author Thomas Moore turns his poetic attention to the most enduring story of them all: the birth of Christ in Bethlehem. Carefully and lovingly, he looks at passages from the Gospels, both canonical and non-canonical, comparing them to archetypal stories and ancient myths in order to understand his own beliefs and to gaze in wonder at the Holy Child. Christmas, says Moore, belongs to everyone. It has meaning only as a plan for the entire human race. Christmas shouldn?t be sentimentalized or turned into consumer frenzy: "The child lying in the manger is perhaps the most radical of all spiritual reformers." The Christ Child reminds us of the infinite possibilities of life available to us, and we celebrate that vitality in the season of good cheer, gift-giving, and community. Christmas also offers an opportunity to get in touch with our own mystical side, to recreate the Nativity in our hearts. "If we could but mix just a small measure of the child?s na?vet? with an intelligent appreciation of the traditional Christmas symbols, myths, and images," Moore asserts, "we might be surprised at the profundity." The enchantment of Christmas is a taste of what is possible if human beings could really love each other. The infant in the manger symbolizes new life, the potential all human beings have to be a new kind of being dedicated to agape, a love of the other?whoever that "other" may be. -- Publisher's website.

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