The Art of (Selfless) Giving

Nativity, Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre, 18th C Oil on Canvas
Nativity, Jean Baptiste Marie Pierre, 18th C Oil on Canvas

In the beginning was the Word, and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.
He was with God in the beginning.
Through Him all things were made,
without Him nothing was made, that has been made.
In Him was life,
and that life was the light of all mankind.
The light shines in the darkness
and the darkness has not overcome it…
The true light that gives light to everyone was coming into the world…
The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us.
We have seen his glory, the glory of the one and only Son,
who came from the Father, full of grace and truth.
Gospel according to John 1:1-5,9,14

For in him all things were created:
things in heaven and on earth,
visible and invisible,
whether thrones or powers or rulers or authorities;
all things have been created through him
and for him.

He is before all things,
and in him all things hold together.

Paul’s Epistle to the Colossians 1:16-17

“For me it is the Virgin Birth, the Incarnation, the Resurrection
which are the true laws of the flesh and the physical.
Death, decay, destruction are the suspension of these laws.
I am always astonished at the emphasis the Church puts on the body.
It is not the soul she says will rise but the body, glorified.”

Flannery O’Connor
The Habit of Being:  Letters of Flannery O’Connor

It never fails to stun me.

I’ve decided to spend some time this year writing about Christmas, and I’m tagging these posts the 12 Days of Christmas. G.K. Chesterton had a bit of a rant about the way we treat the celebration of Christmas. I’ve put the whole quote in my sidebar over to your right. Here’s a small clip that inspired me to share at least a few things about our Christmas:

“But one of the queerest things about our own topsy-turvy time is that we all hear such a vast amount about Christmas just before it comes, and suddenly hear nothing at all about it afterwards…Everybody writes about what a glorious Christmas we are going to have. Nobody, or next to nobody, ever writes about the Christmas we have just had” G.K. Chesterton

What's perked up your ears lately?

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