So this morning I started a beautiful poetic article on …
How we are both and, not one or the other.
We must love God first, and our neighbor as ourselves.
Living this reality means everything, and it means everything. This is how much our hearts need to grow, so that our finite selves never put a limit on love, because God does not. It does not mean kissing the abuser or pretending someone is not racist, it means praying for their conversion, for that “incredible grace”, which often only happens when the injured person meets a kindness that they. knows, that it is not deserved, and that God speaks in this act. Again, please don’t think that I am saying that those who are hurt by others should go and serve those who hurt them, but that we are forced to pray for the injured and the bullies, for them. two and, and to a large extent.
The more we pour out unexpected mercy, the more merciful the world will become. The more we do penance for the wounds we have personally and have inflicted on others as the Body of Christ, the more glory is given to God.
It would have been wonderful.
I had a nice literary photo and everything.
life arrived, and the algorithms decided more than anything, I wanted to buy an Advent calendar, or more precisely, a Christmas countdown calendar that had nothing to do with Advent, but the people who buy Advent calendars could accidentally buy them. I winced at the Lord of the Rings Advent calendar. The geek in me said, “Well, at least Tolkien is Catholic… so there’s going to be some clue of… until I look at him.” and when the copy says if you’re a hobbit, elf, or goblin, you’re gonna love it… ”I immediately thought hard to pass.
Remember, the only thing Advent has on the calendar is the end date since the start date is December 1st. The package includes paper figures to let you replay some of the scenes from the first movie and some from the Hobbit series that no one should afford to remember. Oddly, there are three rings and a mishmash of the nine in the community – let me tell you Boromir is checked. (I’m dead. Brown-haired Rabadash does it and not me?) Not to mention Galadriel – you took his ring and made it look like Sauron’s. I would stay away if I were you, Arwen, who is useful if the Ring Wraiths are after you, and Eowyn (if you meet the Witch King, no party member can kill him). Finally, have you seen the movies?
Whoever knew anything about this project, I have a final thought.
For fifty dollars, here, go buy a nice crib and add a room every day to the stable. You will feel less irritated. Maybe I will too.
When I investigated the algorithms went crazy. There were Avenger Advent Calendars, Inside Out Advent Calendars, Pokemon, Harry Potter and Vineyard, Home Alone and Diehard, Whiskeys and Friends, because nothing says to wait in joyous hope like the alcohol, pop culture and basic commercialism. I was about to feel really cranky, except they also had one for Jim Carry’s version of this story … and I had to wonder if the ghost of future Christmas was exhausted from the worries of 2020 and, as such, had not visited anyone who needed it.
Foolishness is the first way for us not to hear from God, when we close doors, when we avoid others. If you want an Advent calendar, it should mark the start of Advent which is Sunday, November 28.
If you are looking for an excuse to eat chocolate, I think Halloween is just around the corner.
If you’re looking to heal your inner geek, there are better deals for your money than this junk, inspired by people who like genres these people don’t. They just like that you like them. It’s fusion capitalism, where people merge the love of the season and the love of one thing, for the love of a cash register. It’s like someone wants to sell a peanut flavored candy and create a paycheck and expect you to buy it. Who does such a thing… well, it exists but we still don’t know why.
If you want an Advent calendar, go to a Catholic bookstore’s website to purchase it, or create an Advent tradition by adding a room to your crib each day, last week adding Mary and Joseph, and at Christmas, Jesus and the angels. Move the three kings around the house until the Feast of the Epiphany. Add more angels then too.
You will find your Advent richer.
If you are wondering when I will ever return to the beautiful poetry I thought I would write… the algorithms after emptying my spleen showed me a link to this…
The pocket guide to reconciliation
Algorithms well played. Good game.
Snark is fun in little does. Algorithms can work directly, but God works directly with crooked lines, even algorithms. We’re both and … even drugged Advent vendors, and who knows, maybe they lead someone to Christ just as surely as the star. We all live on junky calendars until Christmas, easily distracted, easily leading to shiny things that are not God, and yet grope forward. Hoping and confident that we will, because God is always greater than our imagination and yet intimately knowable if we seek him.