December 2000, Volume 6, Issue 5   
Rev. Mark Connolly
Thought for the Month
Born in Bethlehem
Santas Bonus
Rev. Raymond K. Petrucci
Yes Virginia there is a Santa Clause
Francis P. Church
Our Lady's Juggler
Rev. Mark Connolly
Saint of the Month
A Carol for Children
One Solitary Life
Catholic Corner
New Years Prayer

John the Divine, Saint of the Month

The last book of the Bible, the Revelation or Apocalypse, was written by John, who describes himself there as our brother, sharing tribulation with patient endurance, exiled on the island of Patmos ‘because of preaching the word of God and the evidence about Jesus.’ His book is a superb conclusion to Holy Scripture. The book of Genesis begins the account of man’s spiritual odyssey by describing our expulsion from the Garden of Eden. The book of Revelation is a vision of our restoration to Paradise. ‘Let him who is thirsty come and take the waters of life.’

It is in the Book of Revelation that we find the compassionate invitation of Jesus to the world: ‘Behold, I stand at the door and knock. If anyone hears my voice and opens the door, I will come in to him and eat with him, and he with me. He who conquers, I will grant to sit with me on my throne, as I myself conquered and sat down with my Father on his throne.’

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‘Beloved, let us love one another,
for love is of God;
and everyone that loves
is born of God
and knows God.
See what love
the Father has given us,
that we should be called
children of God;
and so we are.’
– John the Divine

From A Calendar of Saints, The Lives of the Principal Saints of the Christian Year

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