To say this Christmas is special would be an understatement. We cannot remember a Christmas that had more significance and that includes when this editor still believed in Santa Claus way back when at a time when childlike faith came so easy. We were blessed to have been brought up to believe that Santa Claus wasn't the toy-bringer for kids as much as he was there to compliment the Baby Jesus. We still have, to this day under our tree for our children, the reverent statue of ol' St. Nick kneeling humbly before the crib of our Savior. We recall the prayer we were taught, called "Santa's Prayer."
The sleigh was was all packed, the reindeer were fed,
But Santa still knelt by the side of his bed,
"Dear Father, " he prayed, "Be with me tonight.
There's much work to do and my schedule is tight.
My sack will hold toys to grant all kids' wishes.
The supply will be endless like the loaves and the fishes.
I can do all these things, Lord, only through You.
I just need your blessing, then it's easy to do.
I do this only to honor the birth of the One,
That was sent to redeem us, Your most Holy Son.
So to all of my friends, lest Your glory I rob,
Please, Lord, remind them who gave me this job."
And we remember who gave us this "job" which is truly a labor of love at the DailyCATHOLIC. This Christmas will be special before we ever reach Christmas morning for we'll begin at 2 p.m. watching His Holiness John Paul II open the Holy Door to officially usher in the much-anticipated great Jubilee Year 2000; then drive down to San Diego to the Little Flower Chapel in La Mesa to venerate the relics of Saint Therese of Lisieux who is spending Christmas Eve and Christmas in this little corner of paradise. We'll stay on for Midnight Mass at the Chapel and then trudge home tired and worn out but exhiliarated. How can anyone be less when they get to spend the evening with Jesus and His little flower?
Christmas day could naturally be a letdown after such a high the night before, but that won't happen because having Jesus with one's heart and soul each and every day means we are constantly celebrating Him, constantly adoring Him as the shepherds and Magi did, constantly seeing with His Blessed Mother Mary's eyes and heart because Our Lady has slowly but surely taught us all how to see and welcome her Divine Son by living and praying with and from the heart. You see, there's a method to her madness after all as she has been proving over and over from Rue de Bac in the early nineteenth century right up to the eleventh hour of the second millennium. And we finite beings, being the impestuous, impatient animals we are, want everything spelled out for us, everything prophesied to us. Why should we know any more than Mary and Joseph who trusted in God to provide, even if it were only a stable outside Bethlehem?
Thus our wish and prayer for all our readers which have been vast - beyond our wildest expectations - would be to trust in God with that childlike faith that the simple shepherds extended and the mighty kings exhibited. We could feel mighty ourselves with the impact of having exceeded five million visits for the year. Had someone told us that last year we wouldn't have believed it since we still don't have a dime to spend on advertising and promotion. But, because this ministry is not ours but the Holy Spirit's and we the caretakers, anything is possible with God. Because of that we are humbled and grateful that God has allowed us to be His vehicle for whatever purpose He so desires and we willingly give our fiat anew to do with us what He will. That is the greatest Christmas present we can all give Him this Christmas Eve and Christmas morn, one that will gain great dividends over the course of the year - the course of a lifetime - the gift from each of us of our fiat to God. He would expect nothing more, and definitely nothing less of His children.
We will take a week or so off to celebrate Christmas with the family, to recollect our thoughts and catch up on correspondence as well as begin a streamline project to make the DailyCATHOLIC all the more viable and inspiring, and easier to access and read in 2000. You will never know how grateful we are for your continued readership and enthusiasm in sharing the concept of the DailyCATHOLIC with others. It is through you, guided subliminally by the Sanctifier, that He blesses this publication with increased visits as we strive to fulfill Our Lord's words in Mark 16: 15, to "Go out into the whole world and preach the Gospel to every creature."
May you and yours have a blessed Christmas of sharing and giving and may you receive all the wealth of His graces in the coming Jubilee Year 2000. For each and everyone of us, we can only achieve these graces by being the willing manger for welcoming and holding the Christ Child.