I have no pearls of wisdom today. Sometimes I wonder if I have any wisdom at all. The best I can do is recognize wisdom in other places or in other things that I read and pass it along. I merely want to encourage you, as the Nativity of Christ draws near, to remember what we are celebrating, or rather Who we are celebrating.
This is a busy time of year with work parties, family get togethers, gift shopping, and decorating our homes. Yes, there are many things to do. I remember how my mother would bake enormous quantities of the best Christmas cookies you could sink your teeth into! Yes, there are many things to do. Through it all, may we remember to honor our Lord.
I do not ask you to curtail your festivities. Perhaps we can fill our festivities with Christ-like virtue. Be kind, loving, patient, forgiving, etc. Remember your prayers. Pray in the morning and before you retire for the evening. Pray the Jesus prayer during the day. Pick up your rosary. A few Jesus prayers in the car on your way to the mall might keep you calm and therefore better able to just be yourself. Smile often. Oh, and one more thing, expect nothing in return. I think this is important. Expect nothing ever from anyone. Just try to be like Jesus.
Merry Christmas everyone.
Through the prayers of the holy Fathers, Lord Jesus Christ have mercy on us.