This yearâ€™s Christmas season is not laden with the expectations of extended family celebrations, festive Christmas meals, and open doors to visitors come to share the joy of the days of rest and peace that fill the Christmas season.
Pandemic loss and grief weigh upon these Christmas days and bring shadows to our hearts.
Maybe we feel empty. Like the world has stopped. Worry for the future seeps into the celebration of God-with-us who was born among usâ€¦. Andâ€¦where is he for me? Now?
Your heartâ€™s cry, whatever it may be, let it blend with the wail of the Infant King that midnight at his birth.
Sr Kathryn Hermes, FSP, author ofÂ Surviving Depression: A Catholic ApproachÂ andÂ Reclaim Regret: How God Heals Life's Disappointments