I’m not in Bethlehem, but like everyone, Bethlehem is in my thoughts these days.
I wanted to share with you a couple of pictures from Bethlehem, from the Church of the Nativity, and explain their significance.
A few days ago I ran across the following picture, which is of a nun praying in front of the shrine in the grotto of the Nativity in Bethlehem.
Although we often imagine Jesus being born in a barn, that image comes more from Christmas cards. In ancient Israel, animals were often sheltered in caves, and since extremely early times it was held that Jesus was actually born in a grotto. St. Jerome had his study in a neighboring grotto (so close it’s part of the same church complex), and...READ MORE