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Community Chapel Crib

Here are a few pictures of our Crib.

It is placed before the altar in the Community Chapel. On the right can be seen a copy of the Christmas Proclamation.







Pope Benedict speaks about Saint Francis' gift of the Crib

With St. Francis and his nativity, the defenseless love of God was shown, his humility and goodness, which in the incarnation of the Word is manifested to man so as to teach a new way to live and to love.

He saw a little child lying still in a manger; the child woke up because Francis approached... 'This vision was not different than real life, since through the work of his grace acting by way of his holy servant Francis, the Child Jesus was resurrected in the hearts of many. Thanks to St. Francis, the Christian people have been able to perceive that at Christmas, God truly has become Emmanuel, God-with-us, from whom no barrier or distance can separate us.

In this Child, God has come so near to each one of us, so close, that we can address him with confidence and maintain with him a trusting relationship of deep affection, as we do with a newborn. In this Child, in fact, God-Love is manifested: God comes without weapons, without strength, because he does not aim to conquer, we could say, from without, but rather wants to be welcomed by man in liberty. God becomes a defenseless Child to conquer man's pride, violence and desire to possess.

In Jesus, God took up this poor and defenseless condition to conquer with love and lead us to our true identity ... so that he concedes to our hearts this simplicity that recognizes the Lord in this Child, precisely as Francis did in Greccio. Then, we too can experience what [...] happened to those present [...] 'Each one returned to his house filled with an ineffable joy. 

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