The Advent Hope: Seeing the Best in the Worst

I’ve mentioned this before on the Super-Blog before, but my Dad always has a saying that I think is very wise for this season and it speaks to all of us, especially with classic movies like Adam Sandler’s Eight Crazy Nights, Miracle on 34th Street, Home Alone (the first two anyway) and others.

In case you, my readers, forget my Dad’s advice, well, here it is again:” I thought I was bad off when I had no shoes, until I saw the man with no feet.”

How I translate it in the Holiday context is to be nice; be kind, be compassionate towards one another. How many of my readers can say that their lives have been charmed, that they’ve had perfect lives, that they’ve never dealt with any adversity. If anyone did, I don’t think that I would buy it, simply because we’ve all gone through struggles in our lives.

The fact is that no one is really perfect, we all make mistakes, we all have regrets, we all have things where we haven’t done what others feel is the right thing.

What would you do in those cases? How would you deal with those cases? Would you jump down their throats, preaching to them at their lowest? Would you lecture them as they grieve?

I don’t think I would and I’m pretty sure no one else would either. St. Joseph didn’t do that to the Virgin Mary when he found out that Mary was with child and he couldn’t gone the route that the world would tell him to, but he didn’t.

He showed compassion, he showed restraint, he showed mercy as we all should to one another. Wise words for the Holiday season, so let’s be kinder to each other, for by doing that, we can help others and support others, helping them and us all…

Shine On!!

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