| DEAR FRIEND IN CHRIST, DUE TO MY PREACHING COMMITMENTS IN THE UAE FOR AN ENTIRE MONTH (9TH NOVEMBER TILL THE FIRST WEEK OF DECEMBER – 2009) A FEW HOMILIES MAY NOT BE AVAILABLE ON THE HOMILY PAGE. THANKS FOR UNDERSTANDING. GOD BLESS.
FR. RUDOLF V. D’SOUZA OCD
A long time ago there was a great General who was faced with a situation which made it necessary for him to make a drastic decision to insure his success on the battlefield. He was about to send his army on shore to face a powerful enemy, whose men outnumbered his. He loaded his soldiers into boats, and sailed to face the enemies on shore. When they reached the shore, he ordered them to unload the soldiers and cargoes. He then ordered for all the ships and boats to be burned.
Addressing his men before the battle, he said, “You see the ships and boats going up in smoke. That means that we cannot leave these shores alive unless we win! We now, have no choice – either we win, or we perish.” They WON!
Life is a battle, either you WIN or LOSE it. But Christ came into this world to win the battle, even at the cost of his own death. That is really Christmas. Life is a battle, but it should be a battle of love as that of Jesus. Even his birth signaled a call of battle between the indifferent people of town and warm people of the countryside.
Christmas feelings – feelings of love within created by happiness and Christmas feelings created first in others Christmas feelings – feelings of special blessings received from God – feelings of higher happiness felt within … millions enjoy Christmas feelings NOW these days, millions even enjoy the very same true Christmas feelings all year long, day after day and Billions are too busy in filing lawsuits, pursuing lawsuits, planning or executing revenge and punishment or are simply busy in planning career, income and wealth management and doing business.
If now during Christmas time you are doing anything else but loving all and using all of God’s bliss pored upon you for your inner healing and for the increase in all people’s healing and overall happiness, then you may have once more mismanaged your entire year, most likely your entire life
On a long term plan we all know that we will return home to God, home to our eternal home in God hence we all know that this only is possible on the basis of lived and applied love
Work is important, work provides us with the means we need to share, to support, to help, to spoil others with our love, to relieve others from their burden of life after many months of most intense work there also needs to be a week long lasting phase of love – improved and increased, spirituality lived and practiced in our all daily life.
Christmas is the feast of forgiveness, of asking forgiveness and of joining heart in heart again with ancient long time enemies. Christmas feelings only can prosper and occur at all in hearts free from revenge, hearts free from old wishes to punish, to destroy, to kill, to take away, to restrict.
Christmas feelings only can live and blossom in hearts free for true love, free to MAKE happy a strong heart – strong by making many people many times happy during many months – such true hearts of love are strong enough to be flooded with God’s love and bliss these very days and all years long we all need healing spiritual healing, emotional healing, mental healing, physical healing,
but healing of any kind only can occur when love flows. It is our own love toward all that first needs to flow and heal all those we ever damaged in our past, past years or decades.
Flowers, hugs, hours to share, money to share, expertise to share, help to share, professional services or products to share are but a few ways we all can prove our love – we all have something valuable to give, to share else we have been too lazy to grow strong and to be useful to all society and all creation.
Start creating Christmas feeling in others day after day create smiles in others create true and lasting happiness in others relief others from any kind of burden they may have in life care about others find out the need, problems and nature of burden others may have known why some people never smile dissolve in love that reason that keeps them from smiling and add a few happy making moments to their lives to make them experiencing Christmas happiness again.
People need to learn to be happy like happy children; people need to learn to make happy to see all others smile like children. This is a battle before which we need to burn the ships of security, ships of hatred, ships of jealousy and ships of indifference. Then we can win a war, we have no choice than win this war. If we do not win we perish, if we win, we are with the PRINCE OF PEACH, JESUS CHRIST BORN AMONG US. GOD WITH US.
WISH YOU ALL
A MERRY CHRISTMAS
A JOY FILLED SEASON OF PEACE AND LOVE