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Christmas is a Reminder and a Test

rmccarthy Wrote: Dec 22, 2012 2:00 PM
We all live somewhere between a Heaven and a Hell and are the primary determiner of our own position...believe what you want, do what you want, and live with it.

"The greatest gift which America has received from the Lord is the faith which has forged its Christian identity," Pope John Paul II wrote in a document on the Church in America in 1999. Here at the end of 2012, the words might be the rallying cry of the season -- a reminder, a challenge, a warning -- and a gift to be pondered born of a grotto in Bethlehem.

And it's not just something for Christians. As the pope wrote at the time: "The evangelization which accompanied the European migrations has shaped America's religious profile, marked by moral values which, though...