My reflection today is from Living Faith:
“Who among us has not felt a bit of gloom on certain Christmas days? Family conflicts, personal illness, loneliness due to the absence of loved ones, annoying interruptions of our plans, the constant messes around the world and other distressful issues can move in to erode our enjoyment. When gloom spreads over us, let us recall that we carry the Eternal Light within us. No matter how gray our mood might be, this is a day to sink into faith, a strong faith, one filled with gratitude. The Holy One loved the world so much that the beloved Son was birthed to tell us this love. Today we can choose to share that gift of loving presence with our generous kindness, a helping hand, a ready smile, a listening ear, a forgiving heart. No matter how gloomy we might be feeling, let the Light shine through us today.” Sr. Joyce Rupp, O.S.M.
Several people have shared with me how this Christmas will not be the same. This reflection today reminds us that no matter what we are feeling today, our faith still
brings us back to the true meaning of Christmas. The Light that shown in the darkness is here today to give us strength no matter what we are going through. The nativity scene in this picture belonged to my parents.
My mother bought it at W. T. Grants in Meriden over 60 years ago.  Merry Christmas and a happy and healthy new year!
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