In case you aren’t aware from the decorations that have been decking the halls of Wal-Mart since about October, it’s just about Christmas. While I am not a hard-core religious zealot and think of Christmas more as a time to spend with family and friends sharing love and laughter than in a church, I am put off by the cheap commercialism that has hijacked this once-holy day.
So let’s talk about Jesus Christ, shall we? Or, more specifically, let’s talk about his great-grandmother. Maybe.
According to Ireland’s University of Limerick historian Catherine Lawless, manuscripts dating back to 14th-15th century Italy tell the tale of Ismeria, a reported miracle-worker in her own right and quite possibly the great-grandmother of Christ.