In all my years of praying the Rosary, I’ve never really thought of it as a Christmas prayer — until now. But the more I’ve learned about Christmas, and the more I’ve prayed the Rosary, the connection seems so obvious I wonder why I didn’t get it before (like a “Wow — I could’ve had a V-8!” moment).
At a recent talk given by Bishop Olson to more than 200 young adults of the Diocese of Fort Worth, he was expounding on the virtue of Prudence. He explained that part of this virtue is listening. A lot of what he said I recognized in myself. He said that the modern world doesn’t really like to listen. In conversations we are often just waiting until the other person stops talking, so we can chime in with our own insights, not really listening to what the person we are talking with is actually saying.
Sometimes certain texts in the bible make you wonder: Is this really the word of God? Why is this text in scripture? What's the lesson here?
Anthropologists tell us that father-hunger, a frustrated desire to be blessed by our own fathers, is one of the deepest hungers in the world today, especially among men. Millions of people sense that they have not received their father's blessing. Robert Bly, Robert Moore, Richard Rohr, and James Hillman, among others, offer some rich insights into this.
One of the vivid memories of my childhood is S & H Green Stamps.
My mother collected them, like many other housewives of her day, and several times a month we would sit at the kitchen table and lick and stick them into the S & H Green Stamp book. I don’t remember ever trading them in for anything. I think the excitement was in the collecting, and the enjoyment in the time spent together.