In celebration of the Feast of the Conversion of St. Paul the Apostle – the patron and namesake of the Paulist Fathers – Father Frank DeSiano, CSP, writes on Paul, “missionary par excellence” and messenger of God’s grace.
The following is an edited version of a sermon delivered by Father Hecker on Christmas Day 1870. It is the only surviving sermon of Hecker on the subject of Christmas. It is provided herein three sections over three weeks as a part of the Hecker Reflections during the Advent/Christmas season. – Father Paul Robichaud, CSP
Our Lord does not tell us to close our eyes to the beauty of the world rather he invites us to the contrary. “Behold the lilies of the field.” God does not despise what he created. True devotion does not despise the beauties of nature. The object of asceticism is not the destruction of our nature but the restitution of its relationship to all things.