St. Stephen’s Day 2015

Today is known as Boxing Day in Canada, the day when people make room for their Christmas-gift clothes by boxing up their old clothes for charity. It’s an English custom. Or so I was told.

What I do know is that it’s part of the 12 Days of Christmas leading to El Día de los Reyes Magos (Epiphany, to anglophiles).  I’m going to give a quote every day until then.

“It is Jesus in fact that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be grounded down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal.”

St. John Paul II, 19 August 2000