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Some Inspiration

Christmas is one of the greatest of our religious feasts in the Catholic
and Christian world.
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It is in itself a most beautiful and joyous time. Existentially, it is a
paradox, however, because large numbers of people suffer terribly at
this time of year. Why? I suppose there are a lot of reasons, but one is
that depression is one of the Enemy's greatest weapon gets the better of
many of us.
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The world can be a cold place, and rejection and isolation in its
various forms takes a terrible toll on humanity.
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As Joseph and Mary arrived in Bethlehem there was no room for them with
their relatives, nor at the inns.
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It was cold, dark, and desolate that night, and there was no room at the
inn, no room that night for the Holy Family.
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After two millennia has anything changed? Is there indeed room in the
inn of many human hearts and minds?
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Countless people are alone at Christmas. They remember Christmases of
days gone by-- families gathering, warmth, midnight Mass, gifts, good
times and friendship.
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Now they are alone, aged in many cases, not so aged in others. The
bitter cold of that long ago night when there was no room at the inn
takes hold of them.
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Often the greatest things are born of suffering and rejection, if only
we can see that the preface of victory is battle.
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Out of the cold indifference of that long ago night in Bethlehem was
born the Lord of Lords The King of Kings. He had Mary and Joseph, the
cave, and the animals to keep Him warm. He was doing His Father's will.
That was enough.
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This Christmas allow Jesus, Mary, and Joseph to fill you with the warmth
of the Fathers love. Thank God for the gift of His only Son. Then go out
of your way to radiate that love to someone who is most in need of it. A
kind word, a little gift, an invitation to an elderly or shut-in person
to come to dinner, etc. goes so far. Love is like fire. It illuminates
the darkness and transmits heat to those around it.

God Bless You and Yours this Christmas, and forever,
Fr. John Corapi
 
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