Bishop's Blog / Silent Night

By Bishop Strickland
Friday, December 18, 2020

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I don't know the origin or title of this beautiful painting but I would call it Silent Night.  It is a beautiful image of the Holy Family just after the birth of the Savior of the World. The artist captures the humanity and the divinity of this simple little family in beautiful ways. As we celebrate the Year of Saint Joseph I especially focus on the man Joseph, a tired husband and brand new foster father. His exhausted wife, the Blessed Virgin Mary, leans on him and they both ponder the wonder before them. We join them, drained and spent in our own ways, as we await the Light of the World once again. Come let us adore Him!

Bishop Strickland

Bishop Joseph E. Strickland was named the fourth bishop of Tyler in September of 2012 by Pope Benedict XVI. Prior to being named bishop, he served a number of roles in the diocese, including vicar general, judicial vicar, and pastor of the Cathedral parish. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1985.
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