Merry Christmas from Capturing His Glory Photography!
Merry Christmas from Capturing His Glory Photography!
You also are blessed because you have heard and believed. A soul that believes both conceives and brings forth the Word of God and acknowledges his works. A Commentary of Luke by St Ambrose Bishop, Divine Office 21 Dec
A common phase we hear today is the St Francis saying of “Preach the gospel at all times, if necessary use words.” In our overly politically correct culture, we get bombarded with messages saying words of evangelization offend people and turn them off to the faith. So any way out of explaining or evangelizing with words, is actually welcomed by those of us who fret we may not have all the tools to evangelize properly. Giving into this fear however will not promote the gospel in anyway.
Our early church fathers recognized all people can see natural law, and form lives which conform to it. Natural law in this case being defined as the revelation of the Eternal Law of heaven in nature. Aristotle, aka The Philosopher, remains one of the foremost pagan observers of natural law. We find Aristotle referenced constantly by St. Thomas Aquinas and other Doctors of the Church as they framed their arguments about church doctrine.
Despite the brilliance of observation by natural law observers, they often found themselves going astray because they lacked one vital element to guide their daily reasoning. While these observers could see God’s eternal law peeking out in nature, they lacked the other two legs of the trinity to guide their minds to full truth. These men and women lacked the words of Christ, and the timeless inspired words of Wisdom gifted by the Holy Spirit we find in the Holy Bible.
In today’s man filled world of noise, the Bible must compete for time in people’s thoughts. Therefore, God really does call each each of us to advertise for him. Our actions must of course be consistent with our thoughts and words (That is another blog topic), but we need to use words to form the invitation to know this Holy Bible is worthy of spending time with it!
We do not need to be be a St. Ambrose, Augustine, Aquinas, Mother Teresa, or John Paul the Great. We just need to live our lives, and then make the invitation to come to the book when the moment strikes. When someone asks you why you were kind you can say, “Because I want to live as Christ wanted me to.” When someone is in need of support, or looking for guidance on a tough moral decision you can always offer to pray with them or for them.
When we don’t know the answer to anything we are asked, we have legions of saints writings and active religious to reach for. These faithful instructors to illuminate the word in different methods. This allows the word to reach, and touch the souls, of those with different backgrounds and cultural references.
Actions alone will never satisfy the soul’s need for ministry. We must preach with words to bring the word of God deep into people’s hearts and minds. This is where the mysteries can make a stronghold. It will let new faith stand the tests of the world like a fire against a cold night with equal parts emotion and reason.
This morning was the first day our tree was up…we follow the old tradition of decorating at the last minute…and out of her room like busy bee on a mission sprang child number four. Kellie ran to the kitchen, grabbed the stool, and without a skip of the beat sat before the well lit tree (thanks to Kevin lighting it before she got up). “Jingle Bells, Jingle Bells…” and the partially remembered songs flowed through the house punctuated by “Kalen sing…Kev Kev sing….Baby Jesus!”
This is the Christmas Magic we long for in our memory of ages past. It was the time giants roamed the earth. Mom made magic cookies. Hugs felt heaven sent. In these memories, even Dad smiled as we enjoyed another magic tree tree lighting and train run. This is the memory we wish every child could have, and we could share. Experiencing it in our children makes our hearts warm and pulse quicken in joyous anticipation of seeing what St Nicholas left once again…
As parents we too often miss these moments. Just minutes after I snapped this golden memory, I found myself assaulted by four excited children and one just wanting a diaper change. The noise became defining…well for our house anyway…and I lost all sense of the magic moment. I lost it until I developed my “negative.” When the image appeared, I felt the magic arise in my heart once again.
Our childhood faith filled Christmas Magic images are glimpses of the promises in heaven. Like the Star of Bethlehem, these moments can lead you to the home Christ prepared for us all. This Christmas I pray you will find your moments, keep them close to your heart, and let them lead you home.
The First Lego League’s first elimination round starts on Saturday at 7:30AM. Our Regina Caeli Darebots will be there, and ready to compete. Under the direction of Coach Les Levergood, Assistant Coach Fred Bunn and myself they grew a great deal…or maybe in spite of our coaching they grew! If you want to catch up on their adventures you can visit them at the website Regina Caeli Darebots.
The team practiced two to three times a week since late August. Now after the long series of rehearsals they are ready to compete….for the first and possible last time! Coach Levergood ran a tight ship this year, and Coach Bunn brought excellent programming instruction to the kids. Solving the mysteries of the gyroscope was an incredible experience for the kids. I helped them build out their presentations.
The team will do three presentations to judges Saturday morning. The first will be their sales pitch for ways to improve collection methods of depleted uranium on test ranges and battlefields. They will then explain how they grew as a group using the lessons from Core Values. Finally, they will discuss robot design and programming methods. In the afternoon they will run their robot Penguin through the course several times using different teams of Darebots. At the end of the day, they will find out if they are in the upper third of 40 or so teams. If they are they may move on to regionals in January!
Tomorrow Coach Levergood will guide the seven of them through six and half hours of final rehearsals! So pray for Coach L and then the team!