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Archive for December, 2014

Be Like a Shepherd

Christmas is so intrinsically tied to gifts and gift-giving. As young children we make lists and we send them to Santa. Now, the children are even watched by the “Elf on the Shelf” to make sure they are good! The adults make lists too—but, of those gifts they need to buy. We spend hours either shopping in malls or shopping on line looking for just the right things! It becomes an obsession. (more…)


Wisdom of the Grinch

Now that Advent is upon us, we can settle down to the business of preparation. I mean real preparation! I am not talking about the shopping, the baking, the decorating, the lists of things to do or the parties that one must plan for. I am talking about that inner preparation, that deep reflection, that transformation that leads to preparing one’s heart for the welcoming of the Christ Child.

Sometimes we can find wisdom in the strangest places. There is a line from How the Grinch Stole Christmas that says it all: “Maybe Christmas,” he thought, “doesn’t come from a store. Maybe Christmas. . .perhaps. . .means a little bit more!”

Yes, it does mean A LOT MORE! The meaning of Christmas has been pondered for countless generations. What do you think of when you are trying to reflect on Christmas? What do you think of when you are trying to prepare for Christmas? (more…)

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