Fr. Paul Hart ’70, Brother Martin Chaplain, writes our Brother Martin community a special Christmas reflection.
Whether it is poetry, movies or Christmas songs, it has all been done. At this time of the year, we listen to the music to get us into the mood or decorate the soul with lights and scents. For me, there are the beautiful classical melodies that bring me back to the simple times of my youth. They may even touch the child in you. For example, “I want a hippopotamus for Christmas” or “All I want for Christmas is my 2 front teeth”, and the very forgettable, “Grandma got run over by a reindeer.” Wow! I am working on one entitled, “I do believe in Santa but, why do I keep getting bills from the department stores?”
No matter how we approach the season, there is only one real truth that we need to embrace. God gave us the gift of His Son, OUT OF LOVE!! We can give the gift of our love to someone who needs it and wants it. It can change everything. It is a power that seems to go unnoticed in the midst of the chaos of trying to accomplish the perfect Christmas so we are not criticized for being cheap or thoughtless. Love is the gift that keeps on giving and it doesn’t really cost anything. Christmas should never be a burden, but an opportunity to make new memories that will give life for as long as we can remember and appreciate the gift that grows stronger, Love.
I hope that you have your greatest Christmas ever. Most of all, I pray that no one gives you a fruitcake. May God bless you as He has blessed me!