Archives for December 2011

Responding to the Knock

The stores have been selling Christmas goods since October. Outdoor Christmas lights have been strung and lit since November. Christmas music has been played and Christmas trees decorated since the start of December. Months of preparation and planning for a single day. And finally, Christmas itself has arrived. The long-awaited holiday that shapes our spending, our celebrating, and … [Read more...]

Embraced by Mother God

With the advent of the holiday season, many of us will be spending a little extra time with family. Depending on your background and situation, this family-time may be a joyous occasion filled with many happy memories, or one choked with dread and despair.  Perhaps you find little reason to celebrate and the holidays bring about bitter memories and realizations of broken or unrealized … [Read more...]

Giving the Gift of Mentorship

The year was 1220 BC and war between the Greeks and Trojans raged on. Odysseus, the King of Ithaca, knew he must leave his home to join the fighting in the Trojan War. But Odysseus faced grave uncertainty and struggle – not because of the war – but because his absence necessitated him finding someone to look after, care for, advise, and teach his son Telemachus. Who would be wise and … [Read more...]