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Connecticut man fasts on bread, water for Christ-centered Christmas

December 23, 2010

A Connecticut activist began a bread-and-water fast on November 28 to “to get people to focus on Christmas as the focal point of human history, the birth of Christ, and to say ‘Merry Christmas.’”

“I think ‘happy holidays’ is a creation of Madison Avenue,” says Ned Coll, 70.

In the 1960s, Coll worked for racial integration, and in the 1970s, he sought to open Connecticut beaches to greater public use. Since a conversion experience in 1990, Coll has walked 1,300 miles to promote priestly vocations, according to his web site.


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  • Posted by: AgnesDay - Dec. 24, 2010 11:50 AM ET USA

    And I should not be surprised that this is the reason that everyone I greet with Merry Christmas responds with incredible joy, as I have done when others have greeted me the same way. Deo gratias.

  • Posted by: Justin8110 - Dec. 23, 2010 6:39 PM ET USA

    Inspiring syory. This old man has more zeal than a young guy like me. God bless him.