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The Greatest Gift

Christmas is a magical time of year that brings joy and festive activity.   And yet it has a very humble essence.  The Christ child, the long awaited Savior, is born in a simple stable.  There is no parade or proclamation. God does not come to earth with fireworks or fighter jets. 

God chose to become one of us, the greatest gift of all in humble wrappings.  In the Christ child we see the richness of God’s love, and at the same time we understand what it means to be human.  From the beginning, humankind was made in the image and likeness of God.  In Jesus, God makes known the wonderment of humanity.  Jesus invites us to enter more fully into our own humanity.

Each of us carries the divine spark within us, and with it comes the responsibility to live life fully.  The Christ child was God’s gift to us, and our gift to God is being our true selves.  In the joy of Christmas we are invited to enter into our own humanity more deeply.  Our life’s task is to completely become the persons we are called to be. We are called to flourish in our humanity!



Sister Lisa Maurer

Sister Lisa Maurer was born and raised in Sleepy Eye, Minnesota. Before entering the Monastery in 2007, she taught and coached in Catholic Schools within the New Ulm Diocese. Sister Lisa made her Perpetual Monastic Profession in July 11, 2012. Her first ministry as a Benedictine Sister was working at the parishes of St. Lawrence and St. Joseph in Duluth. Currently she is Director of Mission Integration for the Benedictine Health System.





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