Friday, December 11, 2009
Tunes for Advent
Thursday, December 10, 2009
Inspiration by Example
This is not Tiny Tim, a fictitious boy with a handicap. This is a real live boy who has - and will always have - physical disabilities. Funny, but it doesn't seem to stop him at all. Each of us face obstacles; that's life. A truth that we must be reminded of seems to be one that this boy has a firm grasp of:
"Your attitude towards life defines not only who you are, but the quality of life you have." Christ came so that we might have abundant life. Full, enriching, spilling over. By Gods grace, may our attitude reflect, with gratitude, the abundant love and life God has freely given us!
Monday, December 07, 2009
A Wish list ... from Jesus
Letter from Jesus about Christmas
It has come to my attention that many of you are upset because some folks are taking My name out of the season. Maybe you've forgotten that I wasn't actually born during this time of the year and that it was some of your predecessors who decided to celebrate My birthday on what was actually a time of pagan festival. However, I do appreciate being remembered anytime.
How I personally feel about this celebration can probably be most easily understood by those of you who have been blessed with children of your own. I don't care what you call the day. If you want to celebrate My birth, just GET ALONG AND LOVE ONE ANOTHER.
Now, having said that, let Me go on. If it bothers you that the town in which you live doesn't allow a scene depicting My birth, then just get rid of a couple of Santas and snowmen and put in a small Nativity scene on your own front lawn. If all My followers did that there wouldn't be any need for such a scene on the town square because there would be many of them all around town.
Stop worrying about the fact that people are calling the tree a holiday tree, instead of a Christmas tree. It was my father, God, who made all trees. You can remember Me anytime you see any tree. Decorate a grape vine if you wish; I actually spoke of that one in a teaching, explaining who I am in relation to you and what each of our tasks were. If you have forgotten that one, look up John 15: 1-8.
If you want to give Me a present in remembrance of My birth here is my wish list. Choose something from it:
Hold them in your arms and remind them that I love them.
Let people know by your actions that you are one of mine.
Don't forget; I am the son of God and can take care of Myself. Just love Me and do what I have told you to do. I'll take care of all the rest. Check out the list above and get to work; time is short.I'll help you, but the ball is now in your court.
And do have a most blessed Christmas with all those whom you love and remember ...
I LOVE YOU,
Sunday, December 06, 2009
What's the Point of Advent?
One of the problems with Advent is that it gets swallowed up by Christmas. The truth is, of course, that Advent signals the coming of Christmas. But the kind of Christmas the liturgical period of Advent is meant to signal is not the Christmas we celebrate in the United States. Civil Christmas is about the storing up of things. The Christmas to which Advent points is about being emptied out so we can become full.
Advent is about the spirituality of emptiness, of enough-ness, of stripped-down fullness of soul. Advent points to the essentials of life; commercial Christmas points to its superfluities.The two great liturgical seasons of the church year, Advent and Lent, are about very different things. Advent is not "a little Lent." Advent is not a penitential period. Advent comes to trigger consciousness, not to provoke our consciences.
The Talmud teaches that every person should wear a jacket with two pockets. In the one pocket, the rabbis say, there should be a note that reads, "I am a worm and not completely human." And in the second pocket, the rabbis say, the note must read, "For me the universe was made."The story is clear: The function of Lent is to remind us who we are--and who we are not. The function of Advent, on the other hand, is to remind us who God is and who we are meant to be, as well. Advent is about the riches of emptiness."
Joan Chittister from an article in The National Catholic Reporter, 12/12/03