“All I want for Christmas is a family.”

The Telegraph, a UK news publication, reports that the top ten things that children put on their Christmas lists, included siblings and a dad. The number one gift children requested was a baby brother or sister. But it’s their number ten request that speaks volumes: a dad. In my book, that’s something that a child shouldn’t have to put on a Christmas list. That should be a given, no pun intended.

And yet, the fact that a sibling and a dad ranked so high on wish-lists gives me great hope. Even though we can see many sociological indicators that suggest all is not at all well with the world, these children seem to suggest that they know it should be better, starting with their own families.

In his homily for Midnight Mass, Pope Benedict, reflecting on Mary and Joseph as they are turned away from every inn, asks, “[W]hat would happen if Mary and Joseph were to knock at my door. Would there be room for them?” He ties the situation of Mary and Joseph to our own lack of willingness to open the doors of our hearts to God, including “children, the suffering, the abandoned, those who are excluded and the poor of this world,” in whom God is reflected.

While these children may not all be writing the type of Christmas letter that the Pope wrote when he was a boy of 7, I find at least two of their requests to be profound and a hopeful indication that their hearts are very generous. And without wanting to suggest that children cast off all their lessons on stranger danger, I think they would open their doors to Mary and Joseph. They’d know a family when they saw it.



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  • abadilla

    Paul VI was prophetic in Humane Vitae, and Catholics are beginning to recognize that masterful encyclical he wrote when he issued Humanae Vitae. We ignored the Pope at our own risk. Today in progressive Europe the population is getting older and older and here in the States we don’t have enough children to educate in our own Catholic school because we decided in 1968 that we were too hip to hear the Pope and that it was better to listen to the modern world. Well, where have all this progress taken us? I feel for the children who today dream of a dad and don’t have one, at least not one active in this lives.

  • http://twitter.com/JannatLinda Janet O’Connor

    I saw this on Brietbart .com site last night and it is indeed an eye opener. Just last week came the news that Pope Paul VI is now “Venerable” He foresaw all that this article talks about as far as family life if the Contraceptive mentality prevailed in Western society. People need in the UK and elsewhere need to get and read “Humanae Vitae” he wrote in 1968.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

    Siblings can be provided. But sorry, dears, Mother is too focused to her independence to consider anything so restrictive/demanding/onerous as a mere husband hanging around the house. You’re far better off with a dog.

    • abadilla

      Gee, do I sense a bit of cynicism here?

      • http://www.facebook.com/people/Ann-Unemori/100001112760232 Ann Unemori

        Only because I’ve read too many of the more strident blogs.

        • abadilla

          Trust me Ann, CV was very strident also because it had been taken over by trolls. Now, it is an oasis of peace!



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