The spirit of Catholicism is predominantly one of celebration. which is the genius and the fundamental orientation of our faith. At this moment in history, both life and faith are being attacked with the full force of the culture racing toward self-destruction. These are direct attacks on the essence of the human person.
I believe the best way to defend life is to celebrate life. I believe the best way to celebrate life is to live our own lives to the fullest - to embrace life with arms wide open, to lay our lives enthusiastically at the service of humanity to love deeply the people who cross our paths, and above all, to embrace our God. Life should never be wasted - not one moment - because life is precious.
I believe the best way to defend the faith is to celebrate our faith. The best way to celebrate Catholicism is to live the faith more fully with each passing day, allowing it to reach into every corner of our lives. When Catholicism is the foundation of our family life, our social life, our intellectual life, our spiritual life, our community life, and our professional life, then we will have established an integrated life, a life of integrity, That unity of life will speak more powerfully than any words ever could. And if just a handful of people in one place and at one time will give their whole selves to seeking, discovering, embracing, and loving this life, they will change the whole course of human history.
What are we celebrating as a culture? What are you celebrating? You have become the person you are because of the things you celebrate. Our culture has become what it is because of the things we celebrate.
You can celebrate anything you wish. You can celebrate life and faith. You can celebrate love and honesty, mercy and forgiveness, kindness and generosity. You can celebrate truth, beauty, goodness, and redemption. On the other hand, you can celebrate destruction and paganism, You can celebrate hatred and violence, selfishness and green, contempt and disrespect. You can celebrate perversion, corruption, pride, deceit, and condemnation. But one thing is certain: We become what we celebrate. This it the one immutable truth found in the very life of every person who has ever lived. We become what we celebrate. It is true of the life of a nation, and it is true of the life of the Church.
Let the celebration begin.
What will I celebrate today and throughout this Christmas season? How can I extend this celebration into every moment of my life?
Today I will sing with the angels, "Glory to God in the highest, and on earth, peace to all of good will!" Jesus, you are the light of the world, who shines through the darkness of our days. This Christmas season and throughout the year, I will be your disciple and follow in your footsteps, bringing light to all God's creation. Amen.
(Matthew Kelly, Rediscover Advent)