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Photo Courtesy of St. Francis de Sales Catholic Church's bulletin
THE NATIVITY OF THE LORD
This is how the birth of Jesus
Christ came about. When his mother Mary
was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with
child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph,
her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to
shame, decided to divorce her quietly.
Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to
him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of
David, do not be afraid to take Mary
your wife into your home. For it is
through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name Him,
Jesus, because He will save His people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord
had said through the prophet:
the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
they shall name Him, Emmanuel, which means, “God is with us.”
When Joseph awoke, he did as the
angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home.
There was an instance in my life
that I didn’t know why it just happened. I went with the flow without asking why and
didn’t feel any hurt feelings, but
compassion and love only. But one thing
I’m sure about – I’m very happy that I
was made to live.
My mother told me something about
me before I was born. Due to the sudden
death of my father, my mother was so desperate and didn’t know how to cope
emotionally and financially to raise up three small children and me (not yet
born). The unimaginable truth she confessed to me was -- she planned to abort me
when I was still four months in her womb. (Oh my! I was stunned, but I still
continued to listen to her story.) She
said she was always crying in her grief during her period of pregnancy with me.
(It’s no wonder, I become a “Cry Baby” myself.)
It was only after her own mother convinced her not to do it that she
decided not to do it. (Thank you,
Lord. You enlightened and guided my
At the end, I didn’t ask my
mother what was her feelings after her confession. I know deep in her heart that she regret
thinking about that wrong decision. Even
just a thought of doing such decision, it has caused her pain till in her old
age and confessing it to me was a big relief in her mind and heart. From her emotional trauma during those years,
she emerged as a strong person and a winner in my heart today. As I
mentioned earlier --- I’m very happy that I was made to live. No hurt feelings against my mother. No arguments, but a heart to heart talk with most important thing to give -- forgiveness. No
regrets having her as my mother, even though I grew up without a father. She did a lot of sacrifices for us as a single parent. She did what she could do to provide for us and I’m proud of her as a mother in spite of everything.
" I will sing of your salvation. In you, O Lord, I take refuge; let me never be put to shame. In your justice rescue me and deliver me; incline your ear to me, and save me. Be my rock of refuge, a stronghold to give me safety, for you are rock and my fortress. O my God, rescue me from the hand of the wicked. For you are my hope, O Lord, my trust, O God from my youth. On you I depend my birth; from my mother's womb, you are my strength. My mouth shall declare your justice, day by day your salvation. O God, you have taught me from my youth, and till the present I proclaim your wondrous deeds."