Posted by: L. E. Barnes | December 18, 2010

Sunday Snippets–A Catholic Carnival

Looking for Catholic blogs? Or are you a Catholic blogger? Then join us each week for “Sunday Snippets” at Rann’s blog, “This That and the Other Thing.”

My posts from this past week include a talk by Fr. Robert Barron about hell (along with some remarks of my own), a short cartoon demonstrating why cats and Christmas trees don’t make a good combination, and an important announcement for those of you who are facing a not-so-white Christmas.

The last Sunday of Advent has arrived, which means that Christmas is just around the corner. We celebrate how the “Word was made flesh and dwelt among us.” Here is St. Augustine’s answer to the question “Why did Christ visit us?”:

There is a big difference between a prisoner in jail and the friend visiting the culprit. For a time they are both in prison. But, at the end of their conversation the prisoner remains in prison, and the visitor leaves the jail to live as a free person.

Before the Incarnation all human beings were incarcerated due to original sin. When Christ came into the world He visited the captives. For a time, both Christ and human creatures were together in prison. By shedding His blood upon the Cross Christ not only left the prison of this world but also released all human persons from the imprisonment of original sin.

Although now we live a short, mortal life, Christ has given us hope for an eternal life in Heaven.

May you grow spiritually during these last few days of Advent, preparing your heart for the celebration of our Lord’s coming this Christmas.



  1. I love that quote from St. Augustine. Never having visited people in jail before, I had to admit that when thinking about the fact that the visitor gets to leave and the prisoner stays, I was struck by Jesus’s freeing us. Before I always thought of us standing in darkness outside the gate of heaven. Then along comes Jesus and opens the gate and we get to go in. Darkness of any kind is indeed a prison from which only Jesus can free us.

    • Amen! He came to set the captives free. Thanks be to God.

  2. That quotation from St. Augustine is a really great way to look at Christ’s descent into hell. Many people (myself included) have trouble at first understanding why Christ would have gone to Sheol/Hell/the Land of the Dead and stayed there for any length of time, but looking at it the way Augustine does helps it make more sense.

  3. Thanks for joining us. Our white Christmas comes when we drive along the beach (white sand)

    • Even if it’s not snow, at least it gives you some white for Christmas! Have a happy holiday!

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