The cast of characters is strange and exotic. shepherds and magicians, an emperor and a despot, angels, and a baby who is Almighty God. The strangeness calls for an explanation, and this book provides it by examining the characters and the story in light of the biblical and historical context.
Angels and saints. Catholics tend to think of them as
different from the rest of us. They’re cast in plaster
or simpering on a holy card, performing miracles with superhero
strength, or playing a harp in highest heaven.
Yet they are very near to us in every way.
Long before the New Testament was a document, it was a sacrament. Jesus called the Eucharist by the name Christians subsequently gave to the latter books of the Holy Bible.
Of all things Catholic, there is nothing that is so familiar as the Mass. With its unchanging prayers, the Mass fits Catholics like their favorite clothes.