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By Dr. Donald DeMarco, Catholic Exchange, Dec. 8, 2021

Dr. Donald DeMarco is Professor Emeritus, St. Jerome’s University and Adjunct Professor at Holy Apostles College. He is a regular columnist for St. Austin Review and is the author of thirty-nine books. …

The life of Christ is the greatest story ever told. But in terms of popularity, and thanks to television, our two most popular Christmas stories, that return to charm us each Christmas Season, are Charles Dickens’ A Christmas Carol and Franks Capra’s cinematic production of It’s a Wonderful Life. The latter was inspired by Civil War historian Philip Van Doren Stern’s short story, The Greatest Gift, written in 1943. Charles Dickens published his masterpiece exactly 100 years earlier.

A good story is a timeless gift to posterity.

Both stories rely on two factors that are essentially biblical. The first factor is based on the notion that time is not linear. The order of past, present, future, is altered so that the future can appear in the present to warn people of possible disasters that may take place in the future …

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