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Expect the Unexpected...

Christmas can be bittersweet. We’re filled with hope, with memories, but the older we get the more the hope mixes with disappointment and disillusionment, the happy memories with grief for people we’ve lost to death, to distance, to disagreements. Sometimes the sounds of the season strike us as too happy, too superficial. We need to find a new perspective.

I’ve recently discovered a vocal group from Colorado called Face. One of the things they do that I really love is to juxtapose two seemingly unrelated songs. One of their new pieces sets “O Little Town of Bethlehem” to the tune of “The House of the Rising Sun.” A friend commented that it seemed jarring. Then I heard their explanation for something special that happened as they began to sing it:

“The secular song is about regret, sorrow, and wishing for a better life. [With different lyrics] what sounded like regret started to sound like hope; what sounded like sorrow now sounded like triumph.”

Give it a listen and see where it takes you. Sometimes we need music that reminds us that even for the Son of God, life could be complicated, even difficult. But in the midst of life’s challenges, God is born anew.


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"And now let us begin this journey, the Bishop and people, this journey of the Church of Rome, which presides in charity over all the Churches, a journey of brotherhood in love, of mutual trust. Let us always pray for one another. Let us pray for the whole world that there might be a great sense of brotherhood.

I will now give my blessing to you and to the whole world, to all men and women of good will."

-Papa Francis quote

He does not know you, yet he prays for you.
He will most likely never meet you, yet he loves you.

This is your chance to show your love, for as the Bible teaches, "Whosoever therefore shall confess me before men, him will I confess also before my Father which is in heaven. But whosoever shall deny me before men, him will I also deny before my Father which is in heaven."