The Christmas crunch is here. There are just days to go and I can imagine many of us still have a list of “to dos” that give us a pinch of stress. That actually is OK; our adrenalin rises and we seem to shift into high gear to make the final preparations. This can be a good kind of stress, what is termed “eu” stress versus “di” stress. It is the tension that builds out of joy and “too much” grace when we encounter the divine as we do during this beautiful season. I can imagine Mary and Joseph had some of this eustress on Christmas, with a newborn child, lots of unexpected company and a clear sense that God had invaded that small, poor stable.
This past summer I had to get new glasses and discovered I had double vision. It is not bad but enough that I had trouble focusing my sight. Therefore my new glasses have a prism in them. I wonder what it would be like to put on new spiritual glasses this Christmas to overcome spiritual double vision. All too often our society sees the world in two dimensions – the human, earthly one, and (hopefully) the divine dimension. But people have difficulty putting the two together into a unified view of daily life in which God enters the secular and transforms it. It is the mission of secular institutes to be the prism that helps people to bring the two worlds together.
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