25 December 2020

Christmas Day

Let all my nothingness be drowned in the ocean of your mercy.
Narrator:  Then the Grinch heard a sound  Rising over the snow.  

It started in low, Then it started to grow. 

But the sound wasn't sad.  Why, this sounded merry. 

But it was merry. Very. 

Every Who down in Whoville, The tall and the small, were singing without any presents at all. 

He hadn't stopped Christmas from coming. It came. 

Grinch: Somehow or other, it came Just the same! 

Narrator: And the Grinch, with his Grinch feet ice cold in the snow, Stood puzzling, and puzzling. 

Grinch: How could it be so?  It came without ribbons! It came without tags! It came without packages, boxes or bags! 

Narrator: And he puzzled and puzzled till his puzzler was sore. Then the Grinch thought of something he hadn't before. 

Grinch: Maybe Christmas he thought doesn't come from a store. Maybe Christmas, perhaps, means a little bit more. Max! Help me! I'm feeling!

Narrator: And what happened then, well, in Whoville they say, that the Grinch's small heart grew three sizes that day.

Dr. Suess, The Grinch Who Stole Christmas

"Man has places in his heart which do not yet exist— and into them enters suffering, in order that they may have life. 

Love does not make you weak, because it is the source of all strength— but it makes you see the nothingness of the illusory strength on which you depended before you knew it.” 

 Léon Bloy


“Love endures everything, love is stronger than death, love fears nothing.  Help me, Lord, that my eyes may see all with mercy, so that I may never suspect or judge from appearances, but look deeper for what is good and beautiful in others' souls, and then come to their aid. 

Let all my nothingness be drowned in the ocean of your mercy.” 

Maria Faustyna Kowalska


"God bless us, every one!" 

Charles Dickens, A Christmas Carol