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roadvol

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Merry Christmas To All
« on: December 24, 2019, 08:40:29 AM »
We fuss and argue with each other  but in the end....I hope you all have a healthy and merry Christmas.
Let's declare a truce for a couple of days.( oh well...nice thought)

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love.


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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #1 on: December 24, 2019, 09:24:27 AM »

May the spirit of Christmas bring you peace, the gladness of Christmas give you hope, the warmth of Christmas grant you love.

My thoughts exactly..........(thx for posting)

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #2 on: December 24, 2019, 10:17:22 AM »
Let's declare a truce for a couple of days...


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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #3 on: December 24, 2019, 10:43:08 AM »


That’s hilarious. Merry Christmas you and your family Fuzz.

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #4 on: December 24, 2019, 10:53:09 AM »
Merry Christmas, y'all. 

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #5 on: December 24, 2019, 11:57:50 AM »
Merry Christmas to all!

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #6 on: December 24, 2019, 03:13:31 PM »
Merry Christmas to all
President Harry S. Truman said: “The fundamental basis of this nation’s laws was given to Moses on the Mount.  The fundamental basis of our Bill of Rights comes from the teachings…  If we don't have the proper fundamental moral background, we will finally wind up with a totalitarian government which does not believe in rights for anybody except the state.”

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #7 on: December 24, 2019, 06:26:37 PM »
Merry Christmas everyone!

I was trying to find the appropriate bit, but I gave up.
Below in its entirety.
Bill McGurn is a good guy and a great writer.

https://www.wsj.com/articles/down-syndrome-and-the-gift-of-innocence-11577144899?mod=hp_opin_pos_1

Down Syndrome and the Gift of Innocence
A French convent’s Christmas message: ‘We are made for very great things.’

Innocence isn’t much prized these days. Yet at Christmas it’s impossible to escape: The splendor of the music, the warm visions of hearth and home, the whole wonder of the season—all rest on the joy brought a weary world by innocence made incarnate.

Even those of us who lost our innocence long ago sometimes look back wistfully on Christmases past, when as children we believed not only in Santa but in the loving world that went with him: safe, caring, kind. For most of us, this never rises above sentiment or nostalgia. But what if someone decided innocence was worth holding onto and built a whole way of life around it?

It might look like the lives led by a small group of contemplative nuns in the French countryside just outside Le Blanc. These are the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb, and among religious orders they enjoy a singular distinction: They exist so that “those who are in last place in the world”—women with Down syndrome—can “hold in the church the exceptional role of spouses of Christ.”

In practice this means that able-bodied sisters devote their lives to ensuring their fellow sisters with Down syndrome can live their vocations. Living with Down syndrome is not all sweetness and light, even among nuns. The difference is that these women take this innocence, leaven the difficult and imperfect parts with love, and gift it back to the world in more sublime form through both prayer and example.

The order was founded in 1985 with a community of two: Mother Line, now prioress, and Sister Véronique, who felt a vocation but could not find an order to accept her because she has Down syndrome. Today there are 10 sisters, eight with Down syndrome.

“The smiling faces of our little sisters with Down syndrome are a great message of hope for many injured families,” Mother Line tells me. “Our smallness will also say that we are made for very great things: to love and to be loved.” She particularly asks for prayers that able-bodied “young American girls” might consider life among her flock.

A Christmas confession: I’m a sucker for those Facebook videos showing some basketball team letting the boy with Down syndrome shoot until he sinks a basket, or photos of a high-school senior with Down beaming because her classmates have elected her prom queen. Even the most jaded—maybe especially the most jaded—recognizes, and perhaps even envies, the special joy reserved for the pure of heart.

Then you pull back and look at the faces of those cheering these things on—the fans at the basketball game, the other couples at the prom. Is their happiness any less? Not to mention the inner rejoicing of a tired mom who has just watched a crowd of people look at her child and see what she sees: a beautiful and unique human being who is a source of delight.

This is the everyday witness of the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb. In the world outside their walls, innocence can be dismissed as childish ignorance or dangerous naiveté. Inside, the nuns choose to cherish and exalt innocence—and the unconditional love and trust that comes with it—as an example of how we are meant to live with one another.

In Morris West’s novel “The Clowns of God,” Christ returns to earth, where people have trouble recognizing him. At one point he goes to a school for children with Down syndrome, and picks up a little girl.

“I know what you are thinking,” he says. “You need a sign. What better one could I give but to make this little one whole and new? I could do it, but I will not. . . . I gave this mite a gift I denied to all of you—eternal innocence. To you she looks imperfect—but to me she is flawless.”

He goes on: “She is necessary to you. She will evoke the kindness that will keep you human. Her infirmity will prompt you to gratitude for your own good fortune. . . . This little one is my sign to you. Treasure her!’ ”

So it is in Le Blanc. Hours after these words appear, the Little Sisters Disciples of the Lamb will welcome the birth of the Savior. Whatever there may be in the way of presents will be modest and mostly homemade. But for those hoping for a glimmer of the light that burst into the skies over Bethlehem that first Christmas, nowhere will it shine more brilliantly than in this nondescript little convent in the center of France.

Merry Christmas, sisters.




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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #8 on: December 24, 2019, 07:30:04 PM »
Merry Christmas to all.

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #9 on: December 24, 2019, 07:36:53 PM »
Merry Christmas you filthy animals.

Merry Christmas


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A trip down memory lane...
« Reply #10 on: December 24, 2019, 11:09:57 PM »
What better way to wish you all a Merry Christmas than with the gift of song...


https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EJBFD-Wvc7U

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #11 on: December 25, 2019, 12:10:01 AM »
thanks for sharing, @HK_Vol !!! Merry Christmas from the other side of the rock, Sir. 

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #12 on: December 25, 2019, 05:36:13 AM »
And to all a good night.

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Re: Merry Christmas To All
« Reply #13 on: December 25, 2019, 08:54:46 PM »
Another good Christmas story.....


https://pjmedia.com/news-and-politics/the-town-that-wouldnt-be-passed-by/



The Town That Wouldn't Be Passed By

SNIP:
For the past two years, items on layaway for over 200 families at the Walmart here have been paid for by some generous soul who won't reveal his or her identity. Last year, this modern St. Nicholas paid off $46,000 in items placed on layaway by local residents. This year's total was $40,000.


And if you bypass the town, you will likely miss the very reason the anonymous donor decided to help families with their Christmas layaways. If you see the town, you see that folks here pay it forward every day of the year just as many Americans do, without fanfare and without attention for their good deeds.


Need a coat during the brisk months in the narrows? No worries; just go to the library, where anyone who needs a warm winter coat can feel free to take their pick from a variety of very nice coats and jackets just inside the library doors.

In December, Santa just happens to be volunteering there. You can get your photo taken with him in his sleigh.


The town also sponsors a home-decorating contest, a parking meter-decorating contest and a business-decorating contest. The festivities here are serious.

That is because it seems everyone here clings to the sense of community that keeps its citizenry connected, stable and engaged.

They understand, as do millions of other Americans, that the most important things have not passed their town by, even in the toughest of times. Faith, compassion and community have persisted.

It is likely that whoever donated the money for the layaways here in Everett grew up in the warm embrace of the town's grace and character. It is also likely that this character is what inspired him or her to give back.

Here's what might surprise you the most: I think America is mostly this way. At least, America is more like Everett than it is like whatever you see on cable news. You just sometimes have to slow down to see it.






 

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