Religion: Christ's Grandmother

A friend of Novelist Frances Parkinson Keyes was having trouble explaining to her little granddaughter the story of the Nativity. "I don't understand why Mary and Joseph had to go to a stable," said the child. "Why didn't they go to Grandma's?"

Inspired by this incident, Roman Catholic Author Keyes (a convert from Congregationalism in 1939) sent out a Christmas story to her friends titled Our Lord Had a Grandmother, Too. This warm, folksy meditation on the life of St. Anne, later reprinted in magazines, brought an avalanche of correspondence from Grandmother Anne's admirers, Protestant as well as Catholic.

Most of them echoed...

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