Not a Christmas image at all but coming in response to some typical “holiday” scenes:
(I woke suddenly with images of war. I have been reading about the Vietnam War
and the Iraq war).
Wars are a shock treatment (we, the Trinity, permit) to break through the dreadful complacency of worldliness. What is important is not your analysis, but the cracking of the shell – the breaking through the illusion that you and others can make a paradise out of combined selfishness.
In the soul open to the need for God’s love and for salvation, those instincts (for survival) are transformed in solidarity with others as you see in magnified form in the saints, who didn’t choose evil as a desperate means for survival.
You are inclined to feel shame because you are vulnerable, instead of shame because you sin. The healing is to accept your creatureliness with childlike simplicity: “O, my Father in heaven, your little child feels weak, uncertain, and miserable. Lord have mercy,” and then toddle along through your day as we strengthen you.”
In healing try to see what the demon is of that problem. When I was on earth I often cast out demons. I didn’t act as if “demons” was only a symbolic name for vague human forces. So, in asking for healing for yourself and for others of sin, it is helpful to ask to be delivered from that demon say of drugs or anger. It keeps you from belittling the problem or from acting as if these problems are just natural and inevitable reactions to exterior events in your lives.
There is a roughness in your talk, not only as in talk among embattled soldiers full of vulgarity and cursing, but also within your families. Teasing can be a form of fondness, but I am advising you to avoid harshness or the indifference of not greeting each other with words or gestures or smiles of welcome. It (rough talk) leads people to become shut up in cold defensiveness and then to seek relief sometimes in the comradeliness of shared addictions or in solitary addictions where there is a note of tenderness toward the self: such as “poor me. This drink will make me feel better, or this masturbation, this over-indulgence in food makes me feel good.
Politeness is good when it is an expression of respect, but it is even better when it overflows from solidarity and goodness of heart towards others in daily life. Watch the way genuinely loving people conduct themselves in these small aspects of life such as light humor, affection, affirmation. Don’t write this off as
convention but learn from it and plunge yourself into the source: God the Father, “from whom comes all good gifts” (James 1:17)
Your homes, your doors, your arms, should be open wherever possible. How sad. So many locked houses and locked up personalities, as you say.
Yes, sometimes,locks are necessary. We know that, but it should be a sadness for you that this is so.
Are some of you even self-protected against God your Father, your Creator? Like Adam and Eve after the Fall, do you hide from God rather than walk with him?
We miss you. A mother of a large family always knows when one does not come to the dinner table. We miss you when you don’t come to the Eucharistic table. Unless you respond to the call with an open heart, how can you receive the Eucharist?
You have a thousand reasons to be locked in on yourself. We understand. But we knock. This time, open the door.