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  • David Carlson

1009: We have the possibility of welcoming the Holy Family in every corner of the world

Day 1009: Tuesday, December 20, 2022

We have the possibility and the responsibility to welcome the Holy Family in every corner of the world.

Our Emmaus Community is incredibly generous and at this time of upheaval in the world, our generosity will be tested as we view the living creches all around us. These are photos from our good friend and mentor Padre Manuel Alas Casco of El Salvador who has spent his life working with the poor. He understands that Jesus, born in a stable, is very much alive in every person in his parish.

We have all worked with the poor and this Christmas season I am confident we will be especially generous in our donations to the poor and homeless of Sonoma County, to immigrants, to those suffering war and famine and alienation.

I think of Alice with her love for struggling Nicaraguans, Nancy and Bob with their dedication to the Burmese immigrants to Thailand, John collecting bottles and aluminum, Marcie making warm blankets, Patti, Linda, Victoria and Dan as Secret Santas and Denise Dixon and her corps of dedicated volunteers: Phyllis Bazzano (with a festive salad), Steve (brownies), Hermine, Jeanine, Diane, Mary Maloney, Char and Rich Yahn, Mary and Ed, Peter and Cathy who stop to check on a woman lying prone on the sidewalk, Jim and Dorothy and so many more -- all of us recognizing Immanuel - god within us - within everyone -- and acting on that knowledge.

These are our people. Living creches all around us.

In giving of ourselves and our treasure we “Inch ourselves closer to creating a community of kinship such that God might recognize it. Soon we imagine this circle of compassion. Then we imagine no one standing outside that circle, moving ourselves closer to the margins so that the margins themselves will be erased.

We stand there with those whose dignity has been denied. We locate ourselves with the poor and the powerless and the voiceless. At the edges, we join the easily despised and the readily left out. We stand with the demonized so that the demonizing will stop. We situate ourselves right next to the disposable so that the day will come when we stop throwing people away.”

—― Fr. Gregory Boyle, Tattoos on the Heart: The Power of Boundless Compassion

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