Now that Thanksgiving is behind us, the focus naturally turns toward Christmas. In the language of the Church, turns to the Nativity of Our Lord in the Flesh. Even though, we are beginning to concentrate on Christmas; what does it take to be really ready. This question doesn’t have anything to do with trees, decorations, gifts or menus. Are we really ready? It seems to me we are overwhelmed with things and we neglect to get our interior self ready. The Christmas carol says Santa has a list and he is checking it twice. What about a spiritual list:
CHARITY – are we concerned so much with ourselves that we forget our brothers and sisters?
LOVE – do we express Christian Love to our neighbours or strangers? Christ told us it is easy to love those who love us.
PATIENCE – with others and with ourselves.
HUMILITY – do we try to consciously check our ego, to be less prideful and understand our own sinfulness.
A PEACEFUL SPIRIT – do we seek to control our anger or rage?
FORGIVENESS – are we willing to forgive and FORGET?
SILENCE – are we able to shut out the hustle and bustle and seek tranquility of spirit?
FAITH – do we trust in GOD as we encounter our daily challenges?
Perhaps, we should make our list and check it twice!