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Rye Priest Shares the True Meaning of Christmas

RYE, N.Y. - During the Christmas season it's easy with all the party planning and holiday shopping to lose sight of what is all about. Father Joseph Lim of Rye Resurrection Church and School in Rye doesn't mind reminding everyone.

"I would think of Christmas as making present what happened 2000 years ago, and celebrating it with family and friends," Lim said inside the Rectory at Resurrection. "(Christmas) is about the great mystery of God made human and celebrating the future with hope."

For Lim, a chaplain in the U.S. Air Force for 25 years, approaching the many prescient global conflicts in today's world with hope and faith is all part of applying the meaning of Christmas.

"The present realities we are facing today are the challenges of peace," Lim said. "In the Middle East, in Pakistan, in Iraq, in Afghanistan, in North Korea, and North Africa are the realities that we have to face with genuine hope."

Lim believes that channeling the Christmas spirit of hope is a way members of the Church can take these challenges head on.

"These challenges can only be faced with this hope that comes from the great celebration of Christmas," Lim said.

Lim, who joined Rye Resurrection last year, previously served at fifteen Air Force bases in Great Britain, Germany, Guantanamo Bay, Kuwait, Iraq, and across the United States.

Lim became ordained 36 years ago in his native country of the Philippines, and currently teaches religious education at Rye Resurrection in addition to his priestly duties.

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