Melissa spoke of St Ephrem who lived at the start of the fourth century. He was the son of poor farmers, falsely accused and imprisoned. When exonerated he makes his way to a monastery seeking solitude and a life devoted to writing poetry. But during a devastating famine he feels God calling him back to to care for the poor. He spends the rest of his life distributing food to the poor. In his writing and in his actions Ephrem ties together the humanity and divinity of Jesus. He shows how the common is made holy. A birth is both common and a miracle. Will we be inspired by the most holy of births as Ephrem was?
Common Things are Made Holy – Dec 26, 2021
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