Taking down Christmas decorations has always been one of my least favorite duties. It takes more time than I want to give it. Everything needs to be carefully organized and packed away. It indicates that a season of wonder and expectation has come to an end.
And I'm just
not ready to let it go.
As Catholics, we have a beautiful perspective on how to pass through those things we'd rather
not pass through. We find a similar spiritual condition, identify with it, and offer up our struggle for the good of the Church.
This year, I'm thinking about the Holy Family. The days in
came to a sudden and difficult end. They had to pack everything and move on. It must have seemed to be the end of a season of wonder and expectation, with only ordinary days of just surviving up ahead. Bethlehem
May the Holy Family give them strength to press on.
(artwork by Giotto di Bondone)