Christmas…

This Sunday is not just any Sunday. It’s Christmas Eve. There are many people in our country for whom Christmas is a genuine religious holiday. There are also those for whom it is not a holiday, including a subset that tends to be offended by Christmas, the idea of Christmas, or anything related to Christmas. If your intention in reading this is to find fault and/or reason for offence I invite you to go elsewhere, you have been warned and your wrath is not needed. If you intention isn’t to cause harm or contention you are welcome here regardless of who you are and what you believe; please read on!

Christmas is a Christian holiday and a day that has some definite conflict around it, which saddens me because Christmas is never and was never about conflict. It is about the good in people and bringing good into our world. To borrow from a Christmas carol, Christmas is about peace on earth and good will toward all people. It is a time for home and family, and helping those around you.

Christmas is about giving not receiving. It is also about being grateful for what we have been given and those who have given to us, which is best marked by ‘paying it forward’ (I’m not known for using that term, but it is appropriate here).

So here it is dear reader. Christmas is not a time for ego. It is not a time for contention or self-gratification. It is not a time to get big headed about what we have, or jealous over what we don’t have.

Christmas is a time to do unto others as you would have them to do unto you (to quote a very old rule…).

Christmas is a time of inclusion, a time to help others and remind them seemingly forgotten that they are not forgotten, and that there is still hope in our word.

That’s it for this one dear reader. Until next time…

Merry Christmas…

God bless us every one…

And get out there and do some good!

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St Patrick’s Day

Well, it’s Saint Patrick’s Day and I’m in a college town…

I’m not overly worried this year, but there was that one time…

Earlier this week I overheard someone asking what Saint Patrick’s Day really is. For a lot of folks it’s a day to eat corned beef and cabbage and spend money on green stuff. For others it’s a day to drink green beer and get rowdy…

If you happen to be Catholic it’s one of the many saints days declared by the church centuries ago…

Now let me tell you what Saint Patrick’s Day is to me…

St Patrick, before he was a saint, was a man. He was a man who learned something very important to him. He learned about God the Father and Jesus Christ.  And, after he learned about them traveled his homeland sharing what he learned with his people.

So, St Patrick is really that person, that one person, who learned something important to him and shared it with the people he cared about. Whether you’re Catholic or not (I’m not…); whether you’re Christian or not (I am); being that person, the one who has the strength and bravery to learn something important and then to stand up for it is something worthy of respect.

It doesn’t really matter who you are, or what you are, if you are willing to stand up for what you believe that is honorable and worthwhile. If you are humble enough and willing enough to learn truth, and then brave enough to share that truth. You are one of the great ones, whether those around you can see it or not. To me that is why we celebrate St. Patrick’s Day.

And that is my message for today dear reader. Be humble, teachable, and willing to learn. But, when you find truth, stand for that truth, and the universe itself stands with you!