The 9 Gifts of the Holy Spirit on the Ninth Day of Christmas

Scrooge understood Christmas and could not wait to go to work and celebrate with Cratchitt. Let’s imitate him this last quarter of Christmas. For many Americans, this is the first day of a “regular work week”  in some time. Secular America works in the week before Christmas, the week twixt Christmas and New Year’s, but [Read More…]

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Rejoice! The First Eighth Day of God

Eighth Day of Christmas is, with Twelfth Night, some of the best of Christmas. To some extent this is because only Christians, traditional Christians at that, are left at the feast. Those who merely wanted gifts, drinks, and meals are gone. Gluttony cloys and immoderation fails Those who think the Holiday is about “family” or [Read More…]

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Find a Place of Rest on Day Seven (or Don’t be the Vicar of Bray, Sir)

We are in the Seventh Day of Christmas and approaching the very best part of the Holiday. Soon our secular friends will have “moved on” and left for us the jollification. Advent was arduous, but Christmas is glorious. This is the most peaceful part of the Holidays, because the consumers and changelings have gone on [Read More…]

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Sixth Day of Christmas: Create and Pass on Creativity

Saint Anne birthed Mary and Mary was the mother of God. This is fecundity! This is the work of creation that forms the basis for the sixth day of Christmas. God made the world in six days and then God rested, but before entering the Sabbath Rest, God made man in His Image. This creation [Read More…]

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Fifth Day of Christmas: Five Fingers, One Hand

People have given numbers symbolic meaning over time and the Twelve Days of Christmas are as good a time as any to reflect on those meanings. Here on the fifth day, we need only look at our hands to see the meaning of five. Five is the number of a working man: we have five fingers on [Read More…]

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Four Classical Virtues on the Fourth Day

We are still early in Christmas and the great gifts of the third day (hope, faith, and charity) are followed by more. There is always more at Christmas, because God became man and the super-abundance spills out everywhere for always. If my true love gave me four things this Fourth Day of Christmas, I would hope [Read More…]

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Three Virtues: Third Day

Let’s party virtuously.  If that seems odd, it is because we have made one mistake or another. Some have made otherwise harmless behaviors “naughty.” Go read Shakespeare and relax. Others glory in their shame and cannot have fun without decadence. Go read Shakespeare. Generally, go read Shakespeare, but if you insist on staying, then recollect that [Read More…]

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On the Feast of Stephen: Second Day of Christmas

Christ is born and the fast of Advent is done. Today the party’s just starting with ten day of Christmas untouched and yet to enjoy! Yet today in her wisdom, God used history to remind us that the party will end. Jesus was born, lived, died, and then rose from the dead. He ascended into Heaven and His [Read More…]

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The Location of the Tsarist Gold: Merry Christmas!

I am told the least read post of the year is the one posted on Christmas Day. As a result, I have chosen this post to communicate to my friends, the location of the last Tsar of Russia’s gold. We buried it in the olive grove at Biola University before moving to Houston. Used it [Read More…]

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Relax: the Savior is Come and We are Not He

2016 is one of those years. The Republic did not totter, but it did slouch a bit. We are divided politically and our global presence has long been in decline. We keep aborting babies, too many do not know black lives matter, and our police officers were the target of killers. Most of the world [Read More…]

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