No one blesses better than the Irish. Many Irish blessings have, however, become kind of kitschy after too often being found on dishware, door knockers, and tshirts,…… Read more “A New Year’s Blessing”
A Good Christmas
Depending on when you get the newsletter, Christmas is only about three or four days away! Is it just me, or does Christmas come more quickly each year?
If I’m honest, I think that’s a sign of getting a bit older. Remember when you were a kid and the time between each Christmas was an eternity? Now we can’t believe it is here again already!
I came across a new phrase today: “Compassion fade”.
It is a term for the phenomenon in which people’s compassion diminishes in proportion to the size or complexity of the problem.
For example, people will more likely give to help a local resident whose home has been lost to a fire than to people dying of a pandemic in another part of the world. It is easier to compassionately support a person whose loved one has died than to confront genocide.
Jesus’ Family Tree
Henry Louis Gates, Jr. hosts a show on PBS called “Finding Your Roots”. In it, he shares the often unknown ancestry of famous people. We not only…… Read more “Jesus’ Family Tree”
Advent is, of course, all about anticipating the birth of Christ. It is a time of preparation, contemplation, and waiting. But really, it is about so much…… Read more “Advent? Magnificent!”