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A Christmas Story: A Child Shall Lead Them

12/14/2013

It was just a few more days until Christmas in San Francisco, and the shopping downtown was starting to get to us. I remember crowds of people waiting impatiently for slow-moving buses and streetcars on those little cement islands in the middle of the street.
Most of us were loaded down with packages, and it looked like many of us were beginning to wonder if all those countless friends and relatives actually deserved so many gifts in the first place.

25 Ways to Care Well this Christmas

11/27/2015

I am longing for something beautiful, meaningful and joyous to happen this Christmas season.  Maybe you are, too!  I believe one way to find this beauty and meaning is to focus some of our attention outward to those who are sad, lonely or grieving.  We are surrounded by individuals who need our care.  Often we ignore […]

Handling the Holiday When Grief is a Visitor

12/13/2012

By Father Charles Hudson. Source from Reclaiming Christmas, by Ginger Jurries. When faced with the loss of a loved one we are forced to make a decision to help ourselves move through the pain. The holidays increase the pain because they validate the absence and the death of our child or sibling (or mate) and challenge us to make some basic decisions on just how we will get through the next few weeks. I would like to make a few suggestions for you to ponder and decide upon as the holidays descend upon us.

Won’t Be Home for the Holidays

12/09/2012

If you’ve lost someone through illness or accident and are dreading the holidays, the following ideas from Mothers against Drunk Drivers (MADD) may help. Don’t plan to be miserable.
After experiencing a loss, there is a tendency to think that you’ll never be happy again. While there may be difficult times, know that there will also be times of love, joy, and of reaching out to others. Expect to fully experience the happy as well as the sad.

Alternative Gifts

11/27/2012

Gifts were originally given shortly after Christ’s birth by the wise men.  They each had significance and were no doubt used to finance Joseph and Mary’s flight into Egypt.  Today we follow this tradition but sadly, gift-giving has gotten out of hand.  We’ve become harried and obsessed with having piles of gifts or very expensive […]