Pope Benedict's SPE SALVI etc.
SAVED IN HOPE
Spe Salvi, referencing the Latin phrase from Romans 8:24, Spe salvi facti sumus, is the second encyclical letter by Pope Benedict XVI promulgated on November 30, 2007, and is about the theological virtue of hope.- Wikipedia
At its best, it is a time of preparation, of readying ourselves, of opening ourselves, that we may take in the graces that are offered to us by our dear Lord God Almighty.
Christmas is around the corner. It'll start on December 25 and end on the Feast of Epiphany. There's a one week extension after that(The Baptism of Jesus), but we must never forget that Jesus is the real reason for the season.
Although shopping is one of the greatest forms of therapies, I must say I don't really have ample time and resources to do so. I have more than 50 godchildren and I have lots of people dear to my heart...
I guess I'll just greet most of my friends from the bottom of my heart.
Times are hard and commercialism has always pressured us, but what can I do?
I know my current state is only a temporary one, but the most important thing during this season in the preparation for His transformative birth.
Yes, Christmas may not be REALLY on December 25(age old debate), but what's important is, we remember that our RISEN SAVIOR was incarnated and born into this world as a little baby...that the King of Kings humbled Himself and had a "silent" arrival.
Christmas is humility...simplicity...
It would honestly be nice to have all the trimmings too, but...
(I'll be lying if I said I didn't want that)
There are many, many things to be thankful for and I should put that in mind.