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Steel scaffolding at St. Patrick's Cathedral in NYC impedes the normal Christmas traffic on a Friday afternoon.  There are still the homeless in the pews, there are still the mink-coated elderly women with blue-white, tight-curled hair holding long matches from bony fingers to light their candle of solitude and tourists from Kansas whose heads are turned upward in awe at the dazzling stained-glass rosette windows.  This nativity scene is also a work in progress, nestled precariously amid the steel tubing and oranged plastic snow fence to keep everyone just far enough away. With the polarization taking place in our world today, with the fresh spirit of Francis I  curtailing the over-emphasis of pomp and circumstance, there is a need to refresh, renew and revise the meaning of Christmas.  Renovations are merely the beginning.

Steel scaffolding at St. Patrick’s Cathedral in NYC impedes the normal Christmas traffic on a Friday afternoon. There are still the homeless in the pews, there are still the mink-coated elderly women with blue-white, tight-curled hair holding long matches from bony fingers to light their candle of solitude and tourists from Kansas whose heads are turned upward in awe at the dazzling stained-glass rosette windows. This nativity scene is also a work in progress, nestled precariously amid the steel tubing and snow-white, wax candles, burning so many wishes and blessings of a spirit that seems all but lost in America. With the polarization taking place in our world today, with the fresh spirit of Francis I curtailing the over-emphasis of pomp and circumstance, there is a need to refresh, renew and revise the meaning of Christmas. Renovations are merely the beginning.

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