• Reel Life Journeys

    Christmas love transforms and empowers our lives

    Darkness has covered the earth; thick clouds of intolerance, aggression and greed hang low among the peoples. Despite this ill weather, the weary world still clings to the prophets’ hopeful words that love will rain down and a Savior will spring forth from the earth. Patience, people, for the Lord is coming. High above Whoville on the top of Mount Crumpit, the Grinch is in a sour mood. He dreads this time of year because the Whos make so much noise during Christmas. All their celebrating, feasting and horn-blowing drives him crazy. How can he stop Christmas from coming? On the edge of town, Charlie Brown is confused. He usually…

  • Reel Life Journeys

    Learning life lessons while searching for the ultimate gift

    A month ago on Black Friday, shoppers rose early to purchase special gifts for family and friends. A week ago, procrastinators and other well-intentioned-husbands-who-can’t-make-up-our-own-minds rushed to find THE gift before it was too late. A few days ago on Christmas Eve, children were nestled all snug in their beds while visions of Nintendo Wiis danced in their heads. Today, all the gifts have been unwrapped; their boxes, bows and ribbons set on the curb for trash pickup. Some gifts have already been returned, refunded, broken and forgotten. We all mean well, especially when buying gifts for our children. But do our gifts have any lasting value? Pope Benedict XVI recently…

  • Holiday Feature

    Carols become thoughtful prayers as we prepare for Christmas

    What sweeter music can we bring than a carol, for to sing the birth of our heavenly King? – Robert Herrick (1591-1674) Throughout the centuries, no single event has moved authors, poets and composers more to create beautiful music than the celebration of Christmas and the birth of Jesus Christ. Filled with the majesty and wonder of God becoming man, these songs permeate our culture and can be heard on the radio, in shopping malls and through our CD players. Yet these carols really “come alive” when we sing them at church, at parties or during Christmas caroling around the neighborhood. St. Augustine once wrote “to sing is to pray twice,” so…

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    Be quiet and listen to the true meaning of Christmas

    As the song goes, this is truly “the most wonderful time of the year.” We decorate our houses with brightly colored lights and beautiful greenery. Christmas albums are pulled off the shelf, filling our homes, cars and offices with the sounds of the season. Families get together for Christmas parties to share holiday spirits, cookies, fruit cakes and good cheer. Companies briefly put aside the bottom line to hold office parties where employees can bond beyond the project lists and whiteboards. Shoppers invade the malls and stores, looking for that special gift for that special someone. The stores pack their shelves with new products and flood the market with newspaper…