If Each Day Were Christmas

Let us relive for a few moments that wondrous night. Imagine Mary and Joseph bending over the Infant Jesus. He smiles up at them extending His little arms and demonstrates in the silence of this Church of the home, “This is how much I love the entire world. Although they did not have room for Me tonight, I will still love the world and one day I will again stretch out My arms wide on the cross to prove how much I love them in spite of their rejection. I will make sure that they know there will always be room in My Sacred Heart for all who repent.”

If

In times of difficulty, people often turn to art to inspire them. For instance, on the wall of my office, I have a painting called The Triumph of the Innocents. The painting shows Mary and Joseph leading the Holy Innocents—the little boys who were murdered by Herod—to heaven. Whenever I feel that my efforts in the pro-life movement are insignificant, I spend a few minutes looking at this painting to remind me that my labors are not in vain. In the end, God wins. But whether it is a sculpture, a painting, or a literary work, I’m sure that many of us fathers seek these things for inspiration. Whenever my fatherly resolve is tested, I try to take a few minutes and reread the poem If, by Rudyard Kipling. Though I first read it when I was about 13 years old, I find that as I grow older, his words take on a new level of meaning, and provide a new degree of strength. Though it’s not a Christian poem, it outlines on a natural level those things that compose the character of a good man.