My mother (posing above center, with a solemn dignity I might add) shared a little prayer card with me that she’d received in the confessional last week. After some searching, I discovered its contents to be one of the many prayers of Fr. John Hardon, S.J.
Here’s her favourite section:
“May no one be less good for having come within my influence. No one less pure, less true, less kind, less noble for having been a fellow-traveler in our journey toward Eternal Life.”
And here’s mine:
“As I go my rounds from one distraction to another, let me whisper from time to time, a word of love to Thee. May my life be lived in the supernatural, full of power for good, and strong in its purpose of sanctity.”
That just about sums it up, don’t you think?
And to quote — with slight modification — from the proveribal words of the Grinch: “Jesus is coming! He’s practically here!”
Let’s love all those whom we encounter in these final days before Christmas: fellow shoppers and travellers on the road, family and friends…and Jesus most of all.
And if you’re looking for a lyrical retelling of the Nativity, told from the perspective of the Angel Gabriel, written for children but profitable for kids of all ages, maybe take a look at this little book I wrote, entitled The Christmas Word.