It was my distinct privilege to have been asked to deliver the after meal message for the annual John Howard luncheon, held to honor those in the Moose Jaw area who have been working in the field of Restorative Justice. Before I give you the link to the brief write up of my presentation, as written by Scott Hellings and which appeared in the Moose Jaw Express, I wish to take a step back to make a crucial point: restoration cannot occur apart from the work of Redemption. The two go hand in hand.
Every Advent, I enter into the season with the best of intentions for a blessed and holy Advent journey. And then the madness that is December hits and I find myself at Christmas Eve mass wondering ….. ”How did I get here?” Despite my best intentions, I realize that Advent is gone, Christmas is here, and I am unprepared, not at peace and frustrated!
It may be wishful thinking but I sense Christians are beginning to win the war of words over Christmas.
The war began some years ago when Xmas became the norm for Christmas and Christians complained it’s CHRISTMAS, not Xmas. It took a few years but Xmas began to decline in popularity and while it still surfaces once in a while it’s not as visible as it once was.