Dear Family,

 

It’s hard to believe that we are steadily approaching the Holiday season. Thanksgiving and Christmas are right around the corner and our preparation for these wonderful days begin soon.

 

Unfortunately in the secular world, the preparation for these holidays comes sooner and sooner with little real appreciation for the spirit of anything. It’s simply about consumerism and sales. Last year we saw a push for Black Friday to ooze into Thanksgiving and it’s only going to progress.

 

We, as believers in Jesus Christ, must lead the way in true preparation. Inevitably this time period, especially Advent, gets turned into a rat race of buying gifts, planning, and spinning everyone into a frenzy. I love the hustle and bustle of preparing for Christmas but it must be balanced with slowing down, reflecting in prayer, listening for the Lord in silence, and making a list of all the people we are thankful for in our lives and genuinely seek to express our love and thankfulness for them.

 

Please do not allow the secular world to dictate to you and your family how to move through this potentially wonderful time of the year. It’s about being thankful, spending our time with loved ones, reaching out to the poor and needy, and rejoicing in the coming of Jesus Christ our Savior. Take a deep breath, relax and stay focused on the most important elements of life.

 

In the Heart of Christ,

 

Fr. Dusty Burns