In Defense of Santa Claus:
Lest people think that “Santa” is appreciated enough, read this.
From one of the holiday bulletins, you brought from another church, I retrieved the following article by Msgr. J. P. Dooley:
It’s not Santa Claus’ fault that people forget the infant Jesus. Why does the world love Santa?
First of all he’s a joyous individual. People are attracted to joyous individuals as filings are attracted to a magnet. Next, Santa is interested in making people happy. He increases the happy moments in the life of everyone he meets. He loves his work; he gets joy out of his work.
He is childlike, simple, humble, sincere, and forgiving. Finally, he is a giver. His philosophy is to give himself away in service. He is a friend to everyone. He smiles.
Perhaps you and I could attain greater happiness if we emulated Santa Claus a little more, for his way is the way of the infant Jesus.”
Faith Is Our Anchor: A Short Prayer
During these hectic and busy days, it’s easy to lose track of the road we are traveling. The following is adapted from the writings of Fr. Henri Nouwen:
Dear Lord, amid the turmoil, my mind is not able to concentrate on you, my heart is not able to remain centered and it seems as if you are absent and have left me alone. But in faith I cling to you. I believe your Spirit reaches deeper and further than my mind or heart, and that profound movements are not the first to be noticed. I promise I will not run away, not give up, not stop praying, even when it all seems useless. I love you even though I don’t always feel loved by you, and I hope in you even though I may sometimes feel despair. Let this be a little dying I can do with you as a way of experiencing solidarity with the millions in this world who suffer far more than I do. Amen.
-Fr. Larry Martello