Aaron Senoner has some Christmas greetings for you:
This article below about our nativity appeared in the local newspaper and the title says “The manger of contention”. The Pastor of a little town in South Tyrol, Italy, insisted about exhibiting the nativity in his community. He did an amazing job displaying the artwork and trying to convey the true meaning of this modern untraditional nativity. The king on the left represents the Power which is faceless, with no hands and no voice, but with a microfon around its neck. The power that goes after the weak and helpless. Maria with baby Jesus on her lap, shaped like a cradle and symbolising the letter “T” for Tau. The Tau was Saint Francis favourite symbol standing for peace, redemption and the fulfilled life.
For some to me unknown reason it caused some disagreement amongst the locals. The black background apparently symbolising darkness and death. What stuns me most is the close mindedness of some people that fail to see the bigger picture and always seem to find something negative in whatever they come across. Nevertheless, I wish them too a very blessed Christmas and hope they can see beyond their conventional thinking and embrace the true meaning of Christmas and the message such artwork is trying to convey.
This is the article in German:
“All we want, whether we are honeybees, ponderosa pines, coyotes, human beings, or stars, is to love and be loved, to be accepted, cherished and celebrated simply for being who we are. Is that so very difficult?” Derrick Jensen