‘Honey, I think the tree’s leaning again…’

We’re on it…

During his Angelus audience on December 19, 2004, Pope John Paul II discussed the rich symbolism of the Christmas season, concentrating on the meaning of the Christmas tree that was then on display in St. Peter’s Square.

The Christmas tree, John Paul said, is “an ancient custom that exalts the value of life,” because the evergreen tree remains unchanged through the harshness of winter. When gifts are arranged under the tree, the Pope continued, it becomes a symbol of “the tree of life, a figure of Christ, God’s greatest gift to all men.”

The Holy Father made a point of saying that the gifts exchanged at Christmas should not be purely material and commercial. The “tree of life,” he said, points the way toward an exchange of spiritual goods: of brotherhood and love…

HT/CATHOLIC CULTURE

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