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I Heard the Bells on Christmas Day: A Prayer and Hope

Friends of Padre Steve’s World,
As we approach Christmas I find that sometimes older Christmas Carols can evoke both cognitive and emotional responses to the season in the context of current events. This song, written by Henry Wadsworth Longfellow is such a song. Please take the time to look at the context in which Longfellow wrote the poem from which the song comes. It was written at a time of the loss of his wife and the wounding of his son during the Civil War, or as it was originally called and rightly should still be called the “War of the Slaveholder’s Rebellion.”
Anyway, have a blessed last Sunday of Advent and please be careful out at the malls and other shopping areas, they can be quite harrowing and stressful as I found out once again today. Peace, Padre Steve+

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“God is not dead, nor doth He sleep; The wrong shall fail, the right prevail With peace on earth, good will to men.”

It is not Christmas yet. Yes we are still in Advent and no, we have not even reached the traditional Twelve Days of Christmas. Despite the crass marketing of American retailers they begin on Christmas day not 12 days before Christmas.  Sad but true.

I have mentioned in previous posts here I am listening to nothing on the radio except Christmas music. The liturgical Nazi in me let this joy go away for a number of years wanting to be liturgically correct. I admit that the season of Advent is important and I do observe it in hope and expectation. At the same time there is something special about Christmas and Christmas music. I find that even in its less religious expressions that Christmas music offers something…

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