Tenderness, courage, hope … Monday, August 5

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “What is Christmas? It is tenderness for the past, courage for the

c. 1650-1655

present, hope for the future. It is a fervent wish that every cup may overflow with blessings rich and eternal, and that every path may lead to peace.” – Agnes M. Pharo. That sums up the Nativity, and the Gift of God, very well doesn’t it? The tenderness of a love, courage to face a world off track, hope for a future that begins every second of every day. And that fervent wish? With Christ our cup has no choice but to overflow with eternal riches, and in following Him every one of us, regardless our personal journey, walks a path of ultimate peace. The world would take these things away from us. It can’t, not unless we let it. There are so many options for us here and they’re all good. The tenderness of Mother Mary‘s love, the courage of the saints who’ve gone on before us and left us examples to follow, and the hope that rests in a Baby in a manger, a Carpenter fashioning beautiful things from ordinary wood(en hearts), a Man on a cross, a Man walking away from a tomb. Christmas gifts that are given daily and that last for eternity.

Today …

St. Paris

Bishop of Teano, Italy. Biographical accounts about him are quite extravagant, with many legends. He died in 346. All those extravagant legends? Maybe not so extravagant and perhaps not legends. I mean, you know how brightly wrapped Christmas gifts can be.

Think about it … “My idea of Christmas, whether old-fashioned or modern, is very simple: loving others. Come to think of it, why do we have to wait for Christmas to do that?” – Bob Hope.

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