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Embracing the holiday spirit all year long.

December 30, 2010
Cindy Schumacher · Contributing Writer

Thomas Aquinas once said, “Lord, in my zeal for love of truth, let me not forget the truth about love.” What if we remembered this every day?

C.S. Lewis said, “At the center of each of us there is something or someone, who against all divergences of belief, all differences of temperament, all memories of mutual persecution, speaks with the same voice.” What if this comprised the story of humanity all the time? 

Belonging to something greater—something that burns in the very fiber of our being—unifies us in the great mystery of all of time.

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Cindy Schumacher
Contributing Writer

If the truths we believe are rooted beyond the reach of science, which can only observe and quantify the material aspect of the universe, shouldn’t we realize that together we belong to a drama that originated before time began? Perhaps humanity was always meant to walk together with thankfulness in this great observance.

This is the time of year we may feel more consciously spiritual or religious. If authentic believers of all traditions could learn to live together on this fragile Earth, it would always seem like the holiday season. Diversity of cultures and beliefs all point to a higher source that is about all of us and cannot be owned by any of us.

What if the brokenness of the world in which we live could be transformed by this thinking? Life itself could unfold into new beginnings. If we could keep a spiritual outlook all the time, we could make faithful choices, whatever life throws our way.

If, in fact, you are feeling a sacred, spiritual bond to something greater than yourself, perhaps something new is being born inside of you. This something that is a part of you in December could merge into a reality that remains throughout the year.

If the holiday spirit transcends time and space, why not embrace this transformed consciousness all year?

The spiritual reality of this time can color all our experiences, leading us even to the silence and depth of the great mystery, in which there is always room for everyone.



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