04 January 2020

Carrying Christmas in my Heart ~ Ignorance and Want

Happy Christmas and New Year Dear Reader,

Today the Liturgical calendar lists several saints that are venerated.  I want to focus on the actions of Elizabeth Anne Seaton.  She founded the first parochial school for girls in Maryland in 1810.  The orders she established to manage this endeavor, the Sister of Charity also took in poor orphan girls in a time when that was a great need. 

We live in a time where there are still vast numbers of children in need.  This is another area that the Church has mostly relegated to the state when it is not ours to relegate.  Rather, we should be leading the way in caring for the most vulnerable in our society.  We politicize the needs of the weakest in our culture.  If children are starving and homeless and we do nothing, how can we say we are following the one who commanded that we not offend little children?

We cannot blame our church leadership.  If we do not insist that they herald this cause then they may not.  We raise our awareness of this need during the Christmas season but in a couple of days, when the trees are gone and the kettlebells are silent, we will forget that want and need are daily challenges.  We will push aside the truth that the cost of our Vente Latte would feed a hungry child for a day.  It is not that we should not have coffee.  It is that we can buy a cheaper coffee, or make one, and use the surplus for the hungry.

Elizabeth Anne Seaton had a short and troubled life.  She buried two of her own children.  She was determined to spend her life caring for others.  Her aim was to educate and protect orphan girls in a time where neither ventures were popular. I am not saying that we should abandon all that we do and devote our lives to the cause of poor and needy children.  I am suggesting that if we wish to carry Christmas always, Dear Reader, we need to care for the needs of children every day and not just when it is the popular attitude of the season.

Wishing you joy in the journey,

Aramis Thorn
Mat 13:52 So Jesus said to them, "That is why every writer who has become a disciple of Christ’s rule of the universe is like a homeowner. He liberally hands out new and old things from his great treasure store.”
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