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By John-Henry Westin, LifeSiteNews, Jan. 4, 2020

John-Henry is the co-founder and editor-in-chief of He and his wife Dianne and their eight children live in the Ottawa Valley in Ontario, Canada.

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January 4, 2020 (LifeSiteNews) – The best Christmas gift is always that which is rare and truly needed and of great value. Naturally, for all of us, the very greatest Gift is Christ Himself in the Holy Eucharist, and that is offered to us by priests. But apart from the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass there are other gifts most valuable due to their rarity, our own need of them, and their importance for us.

US Bishop Joseph Strickland, who is without doubt one of the most faithful bishops in North America, and indeed the world, offered what some may have thought strange gift to his flock this Christmas. On December 22, Bishop Strickland published a blogpost called, “A very special Christmas blessing.”

He admitted himself that many may find it “a very strange Christmas blessing,” but, he added that it was his prayer that would “enhance our celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ.”

What was the Christmas blessing? What is so valuable, so rare, and so sorely needed by the faithful today so as to make this blogpost the best Christmas gift this year?

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