Britain has fallen strangely silent.
Much of Europe, too. Travellers are stranded in alien places. We are bidden to abandon our festive journeys. The weather no longer conforms to expectation and our currency is well-diminished. Battered first by gale and flood, then paralysed in the grip of ice, many businesses have been dealt a final blow. The Shakespearian 'pathetic fallacy' has seldom been more in league with the mood on these shores.
There has been nowhere near enough salting and gritting of our roads, nor care of our way of life, nor acceptance of public responsibility. Anger has overtaken us. Undue burdens falls on the shoulders of individuals whose family networks have snapped under the strain of our prevailing values, proving energies have been been vested in the wrong things. Resources are stretched to breaking at every turn and those most in need of help are the least likely to qualify. Our fine phrases concerning 'the quality of life' have a hollow ring. There is no room at our inn.
Further afield, there are wars and rumours of wars. There is famine, abject poverty, cruelty, hatred and greed, the wreckage of earthquake, tsunami and violence. Hope is perishing. Orphaned children wander, lost, with no one to catch their hand. Above the love of money, there is the lust for power and cosmic control - God's province.
It is not how we planned it, not our vision of what should be.
The world is unready...
The stage is perfectly set for a Birth.
This has a chance of being a real Christmas. Perhaps it will prove our favourite.
Greccio, is a peaceful hill town in the Italian region of Lazio. In this Sanctuary, St Francis of Assisi recreated the Bethlehem stable with real life characters and animals as a mode of worship. It was the first known crib, or Presepe. He strove to enact the spirit of Christmas, particularly among the sick and poor. His idea was to spare pilgrims a dangerous venture to the Holy Land at that time. Today, an enthralling array of models commemorating those scenes from the thirteenth century remains.
A HAPPY FESTIVE SEASON TO THE REDROOM COMMUNITY AND ITS WONDERFUL STAFF.
Causes Rosy Cole Supports
World Vision, International Prison Outreach, Salvation Army, Emmaus Project, Poor Clares, DogsTrust, BUAV (against animal testing) WWT (Wildfowl &...