Let’s blow the fog away so that the Star of Bethlehem shines again!


We live in difficult times. Though there are more goods ever for many, most people, rich and poor, live in alienation and desperation, in a consumerist society devoid of values and virtue.

Fog covers the world.

People feel defenseless and exposed to innumerable dangers. The boat of humanity sails through haze, without orientation and visibility, without balance and principles. The human race drifts in uncertainty and anxiety, refusing to listen to the voice of consciousness and to see the light of truth. A madness reigns that does not take into account human beings yet cripples man.

Consequently, the star of Bethlehem does not illuminate the path for the Magi toward the manger, where the Son of Man is to be born.

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Yet, the birth of the Divine Infant once again brings new hope to our hopeless and desperate world; redemption for all human beings.

Jesus comes to enlighten the hearts of man. To make them brilliant, peaceful, loving, and hopeful!

To redeem and enrich with integrity, kindness, compassion, forgiveness, graciousness, peace, and glory!

Christmas comes with a promising and benevolent message of trust against the “plastic” ornamentation of the profit-making exploitation that exists everywhere; with a hope for the beginning of a new and better way of living, in a new, superior world, where greed and pain have no place.

It shields against the challenge of the consumerist bulimia and greediness which aims to divert from the essential.

In these turbulent times, Christmas brings the life-saving message of peace and love which can shelter from the fear of an imperceptible, diverse catastrophe from disease, chemical weapons, predatory and terrorist assaults, genocides, and many other civil conflicts, all of which could wipe out millions of unfortunate, hungry, and sick people, and not only.

In Christmas we can find the lost communion with our essence and through the lonely and grieving fellow human beings we can seek our faith in the Supreme Being…

…while in the supermarkets, man can find everything, except his lost soul.

The insignificant cave repeatedly becomes the navel of history each year, and the splendid star of Bethlehem has the possibility to lighten up the world and humanity again.

It is up to us…you and me…the few compassionate ones… those with conscience and love in our hearts, to wipe clean our lenses so as to see, and be guided by, the star of Bethlehem.

To make this Christmas a holiday of joy, for as many as possible!

When the angel song stops, when the star no longer shines in the sky, when the Magi go back to their home and the shepherds return to their flocks, then we will continue to make a difference.

During Christmas and through the New Year, we will…

Look for the stray to bring back to the right path

Lift up the fallen

Feed the hungry

Comfort the lonely and grieving

Free the imprisoned from his prison, whatever that might be

Do anything to elevate the world to a better place

Bring peace among those in discord

Bring and inspire harmony and melody to hearts

Only then we can joyously sing, “God is born within us and no one can stand against us!” Only then we have the chance to be who we were designed by the Crator to be.

May the True Spirit, Hope, and Wonder of Christmas bring you and your family Peace, Happiness, and Enlightenment through the coming New Year!

 

 

About the Author

Katina Vaselopulos

Originally from Greece, Katina Vaselopulos and her husband, have made their home in Chicago for the past 47 years. Their four children and nine grandchildren offer countless adventures. Katina also enjoys cooking and baking, teaching and learning, reading and writing. Her soon-to-be-published book, Sailing Toward Ithaca, takes the reader on a journey through one year of her life. She invites the readers along, to sail through life’s journey open to all possibilities and to nurture relationships with self, others, and God by striving for self-knowledge and inner growth. Other projects include What Is Cooking in Niles, a cookbook of Greek cuisine, and a thesis, “Dostoyevsky’s Major Novels: Polemics against Liberal Thought,” for which she received high honors at Northeastern University of Illinois.

Comments

  1. This is beautiful, Katina. Merry Christmas to you and your family.

    Love and blessings,
    Joan

    • Thank you Joan! Always supporting and encouraging!
      Blessed by your friendship! Have a wonderful Christmas tomorrow!

  2. beautiful said Katina. A powerful reminder.

    • Thank you Jennifer for coming over! Have a wornderful Christmas and all the blessings that come with it!

  3. La Mc Coy

    Beautiful post!

  4. Thank you Laura for taking the time to visit!

    Whishing you all the best for this beautiful holiday, and always!

  5. I’m pleased that our respective journeys intersected today. I trust that you enjoyed a Blessed Nativity and I wish you a peaceful new year.

    • Thank you so much for coming over! A pleasure for me as well, Maximos! Is this your first name? Looking to knowing you better; will definitely pay you a visit.
      Chistmas was wonderful with our family. After many tribulations and road blocks lately, a blessed and peaceful new year would be greatly welcomed for my family, and Iam sure for the whole world. You and yours, included!

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