"Are we prepared to promote conditions in which the living contact with God can be reestablished? For our lives today have become godless to the point of complete vacuity. God is no longer with us in the conscious sense of the word. He is denied, ignored, excluded from every claim to have a part in our daily life." - Alfred Delp, S.J.

Thursday, December 25, 2014

Have yourself a merry 'little' Christmas ...

It's A Wonderful Life


The perfect joy of the imperfect Christmas.

Didn't 'feel' like Christmas?  Disappointed about something?  Someone?  Hopes dashed?  Feeling lonely and abandoned?  Christmas has lost it's charm?  It's glow?  It wasn't like it used to be?  It didn't turn out the way you expected?  Your prayers weren't answered?

Therein lies the 'grace of Christmas' spiritual people like to talk about so much but often miss when it comes their way.  St. Francis of Assisi thought of such adverse experiences as 'perfect joy'.

The example of St. Therese comes to mind as well.  Her famous 'Christmas conversion' experience reveals the hidden joy in one's hopes being disappointed.  It seems a trivial thing; a fourteen year old girl feeling reprimanded by a comment overheard from her father, about not having to fill her shoes with gifts any longer since she was beyond the age children would expect such things.  Nevertheless, Therese was the 'baby' and was treated as such - and the shoes were filled.  Her sister Celine expected tears - Therese expected disappointment, but instead, she returned downstairs and acted as if she had not heard her father's complaint.  She went to the hearth to find the little gifts in her shoes, and rejoiced so as not to disappoint her father.  Therese later remarked on the effects of her experience, saying: "My heart was filled with charity. I forgot myself to please others and, in doing so, became happy myself."


Still disappointed?

Then have yourself a merry 'little' Christmas, and thank God for his gift of 'perfect joy'!


It's the most wonderful time of the year.


Still sad? Go to a movie maybe - go see
 The Interview - that's Christmassy.


Song for this post here.

7 comments:

  1. Still sad? Go to a movie maybe - go see
    The Interview - that's Christmassy.


    I was listening to the radio earlier and heard that the small independent theaters that are showing The Interview are packed. Really? That's the best people can think of to do? It proves what Sheeple we have become. Sony puts together an elaborate scheme (IMO) to get people to see what I've heard is an absolutely horrible movie about a really dumb subject, and people are flocking to see it. What's wrong with this picture?

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    1. Yeah - I'm hearing the movie is a flop - critics not liking it.

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  2. I had a lovely Christmas--night Mass and noon Mass, dinner with friends. But, oh, how I hate *It's a Wonderful Life*. If Kim Jong-un felt about that film the way I do, you'd see major hacking of classic movie channels. *The Ref*, on the other hand, reflects a common Christmas-with-relatives experience.

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    1. I think this was the best Christmas of my life.

      I think It's a Wonderful Life is depressing - but I watch it for some reason.

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  3. The worst are those Lifetime type movies..most starting Dean Cain or someone like that.."A Boyfriend/Fiance/Stalker for Christmas" whatever happened to A Christmas Carl and Alastair Sim?
    I need a maid for Christmas to clean up this mess after yesterday. Hope you had a great one Terry..and continue to have a nice long holiday weekend!

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    1. Christmas is great - now the hi-jinks begin!

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    2. Let's meet at Nicks for a beer and a shot!

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