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Br. César J. Tobón’s Inspired Christmas Greeting For 2015 With Pope Francis Homily From 2014.

by Anura Guruge


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Br. César J. Tobón, of Mexico, is ANOTHER of my valued Internet friends.
In 2014 he sent me this wonderful graphic ahead of the February 2014 consistory.
That was how we ‘met’. Then in 2015 he repeated the kind gesture for the February consistory.

Br. César J. Tobón has had the privilege of holding the Missal
for Pope Benedict XVI (#266) at a Papal Mass. q.v. below.

Here is the translation of the Pope Francis, December 24, 2014
homily quoted at the top of the greeting.

“How do we welcome the tenderness of God? Do I allow myself to be taken up by God, to be embraced by him, or do I prevent him from drawing close? “But I am searching for the Lord” – we could respond. Nevertheless, what is most important is not seeking him, but rather allowing him to seek me, find me and caress me with tenderness. The question put to us simply by the Infant’s presence is: do I allow God to love me?”

Click here for the entire original from the Vatican.

The words after that are “Best Wishes and Blessings” to his family, follow students, friend etc.

Br. César J. Tobón holding the Missal for Pope Benedict XVI.

by Anura Guruge

‘Catholic Press Photo’ Traditional Christmas Greeting Featuring The Pope.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.


Anura Guruge

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I have been publishing the ‘Catholic Press PhotoChristmas Greeting, typically featuring the pope, yearly since 2008 — albeit on my ‘popes-and-papacy‘.

Alessia Giuliani who heads Catholic Press Photo created by her father.

They are a Rome-based agency and they follow the pope around daily. A very nice bunch of folks too led by Alessia Giuliani.

This is this year’s card.

The top part, of course, is easy: “Merry Christmas and Happy New Year”.

The bottom part, signed by ‘Papa Francesco‘ is from the Pope’s Palm Sunday, 2013, homily for the XXVIII World Youth Day on March 24, 2013.

It says: “Ours is not a joy born of having many possessions, but from having encountered a Person: Jesus“.

Here is the Homily containing that quote directly from the Vatican.

Pope Francis’ Latest Remarks About BIG Church & Inclusiveness Does NOT Change Doctrine.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

Anura Guruge

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Click to access post by my friend, U.K. Catholic friend, Father Anthony Churchill, STL.

I, given my involvement, know that people are delighted with the pope’s reassuring, all welcome, all inclusive comments, but I also know that some are confused.

Father Churchill, who has been a wonderful collaborator over the last 2 years, shared this homily with me as he was writing it. We had been discussing the pope’s words.

Folks, especially those affected, have to realize that this pope is NOT offering any changes to Church doctrine or stance. I think that this confuses people. They are building up HOPE, but the Church is still adamant.

Doesn’t make a difference to me. I do NOT want salvation. Never have sought salvation. I do NOT believe in ANYTHING after death. Kaput.

But, Father Churchill’s homily, and I urged him to put one paragraph towards the end to further clarify matters, might help you understand the distinction between inclusiveness and hoped for salvation.