#ShortNews: A 7-year-old boy writes letter to Santa asking for ‘very good dad’

A domestic violence shelter has shared a heartfelt letter written by a seven-year-old boy to Santa asking for gifts and a “very very very good dad”. The handwritten letter was first found in the child’s backpack by his mother – who shared it with the SafeHaven of Tarrant County staff, in Fort Worth, Texas.

The touching letter has since prompted hundreds of donations, including all of the presents on Blake’s list, according to the shelter, who wrote: “Blake is getting exactly what he asked for from Santa.”

And while the organisation received “more than 10,000 donated gifts” this year, the shelter’s staff hopes that the letter will shine light on the bigger issue – the prevalence of domestic violence.

Source: https://www.independent.co.uk/news/world/americas/santa-letter-domestic-violence-shelter-dad-books-fort-worth-texas-a9254046.html

#ShortNews: Inside Wakefield Cathedral at Christmas

Inside the Grade I-listed building, which is open 365 days a year, Christmas trees are twinkling and rehearsals are under way for a lunchtime concert and a later carol service. It is a hive of activity with school children coming and going.

The cathedral has about 100,000 visitors annually and has a target that everyone who lives in the Wakefield district will come in at least once a year. Visitors wander around the cathedral, many craning their necks to take in the details of the roof or the dominating rood screen. But others come in to find peace and reflection.

Source: https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-england-leeds-50717046?intlink_from_url=https://www.bbc.com/news/topics/c630drz91jyt/christmas&link_location=live-reporting-story

#ShortNews: Holiday Stress Can Be Unbearable. But You Will Miss It When It’s Gone.

Anyone desperate enough to Google the term “holiday stress” will be rewarded (or become more overwhelmed) with about 395,000,000 results. Limit the search to “holiday stress statistics 2019” and the results come down to a measly 28,100,000 or so. There are even specific memes and GIFs on how to handle the financial, social and emotional stresses of the season, including my current favorite, the article that ran in this newspaper by a Buddhist teacher who advises practicing “acceptance,” an activity that even on nonholidays can often seem as challenging as climbing Mount Everest in an ice storm.

As the Harvard Mahoney Neuroscience Institute’s newsletter put it, “Because the holiday season often requires us to keep track of and pay attention to a greater number of responsibilities than usual, the brain’s prefrontal cortex goes into overdrive. Over time, a high level of demand can decrease memory, halt production of new brain cells and cause existing brain cells to die.”

Source: https://www.nytimes.com/2019/12/20/opinion/holiday-stress.html?emc=rss&partner=rss

When A Child is Born

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A ray of hope, flickers in the sky
A tiny star, lights up way up high
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
this comes to pass when a child is born

a silent wish, sails the seven seas
The winds of change whispering the trees
And the walls of doubt crumble, tossed and torn
This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around
You’ve got the feel you’re on solid ground
For a spell or two no-one seems forlon
This comes to pass when a child is born

It’s all a dream and illusion now
It must come true, some times soon somehow
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

It’s all a dream and illusion now
It must come true, some times soon somehow
All across the land, dawns a brand new morn
This comes to pass when a child is born

When a child is born

#ShortNews: “Did you know Christians were the first Iraqis?”

Leaders of Iraq’s Christians unanimously cancelled Christmas-related celebrations in solidarity with the protest movement — but the aims of their stance go deeper than tinsel and fairy lights. Slogans of a united Iraq free of sectarianism resonate deeply within the community, which since the 2003 fall of Saddam Hussein has fearfully observed its diminishing influence amid growing Shiite-dominated politics shaping state affairs. The Christians have also left Iraq in huge numbers over the years, after being targeted by militant Sunni groups such as al-Qaida and the Islamic State group.

Falling demographics capture their existential anxieties, explained Sako. Christians numbered around 1.5 million before the U.S. invasion 16 years ago, roughly 6% of the population. Today the Christian population is believed to be less than a third of that figure, though accurate estimates are hard to come by given the lack of census data in Iraq.

Christmas decorations were forbidden within the fine interiors of Baghdad’s Chaldean Patriarchate.

Source: https://apnews.com/07cfd7a97feb61b371708fcc6db0ab8e

#ShortNews: God’s works are unpredictable, Pope tells musicians

The time before Christmas calls us to ask ourselves: what is it that I am waiting for in my life?  What is the great desire of my heart? You too, with your songs, help awaken or reawaken this healthy human “yearning” in the hearts of many people. Deep down, it is God Himself who puts this desire, this “thirst” in our hearts. And He comes to meet us by this route. Certainly not in the vain compulsion to acquire possessions or to keep up appearances. It is not there that God comes; no one will meet on that route. But surely He comes wherever there is hunger and thirst for peace, hunger and thirst for justice, freedom and love.

In this act of humility, we find ourselves before a disconcerting mystery. God is unpredictable and constantly acts in unforeseeable ways. By taking us aback in this way, He constantly invites us not to grow proud but to grasp His disarming power in every little gesture of goodwill. This is all the more true for those who – like you – work closely with young people, and have a certain influence on their ways of thinking and acting. Speaking about your role, Saint Paul VI observed that the world “needs beauty in order not to sink into despair. Beauty, like truth, brings joy to the heart of man; it is that precious fruit that resists the wear and tear of time, unites generations and makes them share in wonderment” (Address of Pope Paul VI to Artists, 8 December 1965).

Read more Holy Father Frances’s greeting the audience, in the Vatical Apostolic Palace last Saturday; http://press.vatican.va/content/salastampa/en/bollettino/pubblico/2019/12/13/191213c.html

#MoralStory: Merry Chrismas in advance!

Did you know there is a great difference between the word CHRISTMAS and the word XMAS?

CHRISTMAS is combination of 2 words: Christ and Mass

Before Christ was born some so many years ago 25th Dec used to be PAGAN’S day for SACRIFICES.

Later in the year 533 AD Constantine the head of the then Roman Church which is today the Roman Catholic, changed the day from pagan’s day of sacrifices to Jesus Christ’s birth commemoration. He called the day THE MASS FOR CHRIST ie CHRISTMAS

  1. CHRIST in Hebrew means The Anointed One or The Chosen One
  2. MAS in Greek means A Big Gathering of People

Thus CHRISTMAS means The Gathering of Christ!

Then, where did the word X-MASS come from?

Beware!!

Its believed that after the day of Christ’s gathering {CHRISTMAS}, became famous n respected worldwide, Atheists n AntiChrists decided to change it by removing the name Christ for an X to mean that there is no Christ.

It changed the meaning  by reading X-MASS i.e to mean “there is no Christ’s Gathering”

Merry CHRISTMAS & NOT  XMAS.

X is often used 2 designate a person,thing, factor, whose true name is unknown/withheld.

It’s used to take out, excise,cancel words.

“X” has nothing to do with “Christ” “The Anointed One,” Don’t replace Christ with “X”

Therefore as a Catholic don’t use X-MAS but CHRISTMAS

You might have made that mistake before but this year don’t do it again by wishing people X-Mass instead of CHRISTMAS. Our Father in heaven is a lovely father and a merciful one at that, so stop using Xmas in place of Christmas

God bless you as you help and join in correcting this error.

The Lord bless u and have a Merry Chrismas in advance not XMAS!!

Mary Did You Know?

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Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day walk on water?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will save our sons and daughters?
Did you know
That your baby boy has come to make you new?
And this child that you’ve delivered
Will soon deliver you Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will give sight to a blind man?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will calm a storm with his hand?
Did you know
That your baby boy has walked where angels trod?
And when you kiss your little baby
You’ve kissed the face of God
Oh, Mary, did you know?
Mary, did you know?

The blind will see
The deaf will hear
And the dead will live again
The lame will leap
The dumb will speak
The praises of the lamb

Mary, did you know
That your baby boy is Lord of all creation?
Mary, did you know
That your baby boy will one day rule the nations?
Did you know
That your baby boy is heaven’s perfect lamb?
And this sleeping child you’re holding
Is the great I am

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Once In Royal David’s City

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Once in royal Davids city,
Stood a lowly cattle shed,
Where a mother laid her Baby,
In a manger for His bed:
Mary was that mother mild,
Jesus Christ, her little Child.

He came down to earth from heaven,
Who is God and Lord of all,
And His shelter was a stable,
And His cradle was a stall:
With the poor, and mean, and lowly,
Lived on earth our Saviour holy.

For He is our childhood’s pattern;
Day by day, like us, He grew;
He was little, weak, and helpless,
Tears and smiles, like us He knew;
And He cares when we are sad,
And he shares when we are glad.

And our eyes at last shall see Him,
Through His own redeeming love;
For that Child so dear and gentle,
Is our Lord in heaven above:
And He leads His children on,
To the place where He is gone.

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