Spreading the Light #7

If one of your holiday traditions has been making goodies and you no longer have anyone to bake for go ahead and make them anyway. Donate the fruits of your efforts to a homeless shelter, share them with your neighbors and co-workers and don’t forget the soldiers far away from home at the holidays. ThereContinue reading “Spreading the Light #7”

Thought for Today

“O ye beneath life’s crushing load, Whose forms are bending low, Who toil along the climbing way With painful steps and slow; Look now, for glad and golden hours Come swiftly on the wing; Oh rest beside the weary road And hear the angels sing.” —  It Came Upon the Midnight Clear (3rd verse) writtenContinue reading “Thought for Today”

Spreading the Light #3

Approach volunteer work or charitable donations honoring the dignity of the people being helped.  Try not to think of people needing help as “less fortunate” or people to pity or blame.  We are all God’s children.   Many people are finding themselves one paycheck away from homelessness. Remember, you could be the one having to ask for helpContinue reading “Spreading the Light #3”

Spreading the Light #2

Let your kinder, gentler side show this holiday season.  Return a holiday greeting with a smile, even if it is not the greeting you prefer.  Open doors for people, especially if their arms are full of packages.  Remember store clerks are just doing a job, trying to keep a roof over their families heads andContinue reading “Spreading the Light #2”

Thought for Today

“It might be easy to run away to a monastery, away from the  commercialization, the hectic hustle, the demanding family responsibilities of Christmas-time. Then we would have a holy Christmas. But we would forget the lesson of the Incarnation, of the enfleshing of God—the lesson that we who are followers of Jesus do not run fromContinue reading “Thought for Today”

Spreading the Light #1

Remember celebration is a state of mind. All the other stuff — elaborate gifts, food and drink, excessive spending is optional. Money is not required to express the joy of the season. Even the rushed, busy, non stop flurry of  activity is a choice.  So this year, try just slowing down.  Life will still go on.  The holidays will stillContinue reading “Spreading the Light #1”