Christmas (Dec. 25, 2011)

Christmas is a necessity. There has to be at least one day of the year to remind us that we’re here for something else besides ourselves. ~Eric Sevareid

Anonymous benefactors are going into K-Marts around the country and paying off lay-aways so families can have a Christmas.

Jose Gutierrez, age 22, of Lomita, Calif. and David Hickman, age 23, of Greensboro N.C., the first and last soldiers to be killed in Iraq. Nathan Chapman, age 32, of San Antonio, the first soldier to be killed in Afghanistan. Greater love than this …

Peoples in the Middle East and Russia fighting for freedoms that so many take for granted. “The Protester” named Time’s Person of the Year.

Toys for Tots, Coats for Kids, food banks, soup kitchens, homeless shelters, Pay It Forward.

Tea parties and Occupy Wall Street demonstrations.

Bolivia passes the Law of Mother Earth, granting nature the same rights and protections as humans.

Volunteers expose themselves to dangerous levels of nuclear radiation at the Fukashima plant in order to prevent millions from being affected by radiation poisoning.

Egyptian Muslims attend Coptic Christian Mass, serving as human shields to protect worshippers from violence.

Couple wins $11.2 million lottery, then gives it all away.

And on and on it goes. Thanks be to God for ordinary human beings, who do so much for so many. For what has been, we give you thanks, O Lord. For what is, we give you thanks. And for what is to come, we also give you thanks, gracious God.

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year. And again … thank you for everything.

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Fr. Herb, C.S.C.

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