I do come home at Christmas. We all do, or we all should. We all come home, or ought to come home, for a short holiday – the longer, the better – from the great boarding school where we are forever working at our arithmetical slates, to take, and give a rest.
A brother questioned an old man, “Tell me something which I can do, so that I may live by it,” and the old man said, “If you can bear to be despised, that is a great thing, more than all the other virtues.”
–Sayings of the Desert Fathers
This is a hard but fascinating piece of advice.
Today is a new day. Hiding from your history only shackles you to it. We can’t undo a single thing we have ever done, but we can make decisions today that propel us to the life we want and towards the healing we need.
Let’s all try making this type of thinking our goal.
“If I find in myself a desire which no experience in this world can satisfy, the most probable explanation is that I was made for another world.”
–C. S. Lewis
Pray for the right time to share this thought with someone who needs it.
Pray inwardly, even if you do not enjoy it. It does good, though you feel nothing. Yes, even though you think you are doing nothing.
—Julian of Norwich
Let us endeavor to make today a day of prayer. No matter what!
“If you are silent, you will have peace wherever you live.”
—Poeman of the Desert
Try silence for thirty minutes a day. That means no TV or iPod–just you and God.
“For it is impossible for love to the poor ever to remain unrewarded. Whether therefore a man gives away all his wealth, or only a part, he will certainly benefit his soul.”
—St. Cyril of Alexandria
It is my prayer that we will all reap some “soul benefit” this Advent and Christmas season.
He who loves is not ashamed before men of what he does for God, neither does he hide it through shame though the whole world should condemn it.
-John of the Cross
Have you ever been condemned for your actions toward God?
Every moment and every event of every man’s life on earth plants something in his soul.
– Thomas Merton
Be mindful of the treasures of this day.
“While my friend always spoke about the sun, I kept speaking about the clouds, until one day I realized that it was the sun that allowed me to see the clouds.”
What will your topic of conversation be today?