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“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 from the secular; rather we try to transform it. It is our mission to make holy the secular aspects of Christmas just as the early Christians baptized the Christmas tree. And we do this by being holy people—kind, patient, generous, loving, laughing people—no matter how maddening is the Christmas rush…“
–Fr. Andrew Greeley
With exactly two weeks until Christmas (oh no!!!), lines will be long, parking will be insane, people will be stressed. For the next two weeks, every time you are out in public, challenge yourself with this commitment: For every person that you meet, vow to be the kindest and most patient person they speak to all day. Keep in mind that old hymn – “They’ll know we are Christians by our love.”
This week, as you shop and socialize, BE VISIBLY CHRISTIAN. Show your faith in the way you treat waiters, store clerks, the driver in front of you, annoying siblings and classmates, strangers at holiday parties, your overbearing boss. Say a silent Hail Mary if you feel yourself losing your temper and need a little backup.