Sunday, December 8, 2019
Dec 6, 2019
We look forward to Advent as the season that we should be waiting with great hopefulness for the Savior; it is time of preparation for the Christmas season. As we watch and wait with hearts filled with hope for the coming of Jesus, we may not want to see some of the activities of our daily life that happen around us. We may not want to see them because they are too difficult to see or we may not want to admit, in truth, that we are seeing them. One of those things may be domestic violence.
The experts among us report that domestic violence increases dramatically during the holiday season. Our scripture readings throughout Advent call us to be aware of our surroundings and to keep awake for the coming of Jesus. In a similar vein, we need to be prepared for opportunities to improve ourselves and our world – before God comes. The stress of this anticipation (translated the Christmas season) can put people in a tailspin. Examples of this are doing one or all the following in excess: spending money, eating, drinking, partying, running around, neglecting or acting uncharitably toward family members who cannot or will not behave as they should. Violence is often part of family life when the pace picks up, when emotions are high, when the outside world looks loving and you know your family is not.
Our liturgies very often focus on the family. It is a way to help us prepare in spiritual ways to make our family the ideal. The opportunities to become the “ideal” family are endless, but we have to remember becoming “ideal” is an ongoing process. When a family begins to believe that they are the ideal family, I suggest they re-examine their belief. It is always good to consider how you can improve as a family, as a couple, or as an individual. We need to look creatively at how forgiveness, personal favors, and healthy activities can improve our journey to become “ideal” as we await the coming of Christ. If creative ways of improving our family life are part of the routine of life, perhaps it will help avoid violence in our homes.
If you are dealing with domestic violence and do not know where to turn, please feel free to give me a call at the Parish Office. I will do every thing I can to help you find a path to a solution.
Let us continue to pray for and take action to bring about peace in our world!
In peace and courage,