12 Stories of Christmas, #5

The Second Shepherd’s Play (above). I read it in college and found it charming. I was quite surprised to see that it’s been produced recently.

I’m rereading it for my online book club and will comment more soon.

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Travel Theme: Heat

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Travel Theme: Abroad

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Fine Arts Museum, Taipei

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Buddhist Temple, Taipei

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Sydney, Victoria Building

What does abroad conjure up for you? If you fancy exploring the unfamiliar, exotic and unknown for this week’s travel theme (everyone’s welcome!) here’s what to do:

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Melbourne. Australia

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Petitions at a temple in Taipai, Taiwan

On Forgiveness

Below is a fascinating podcast on forgiveness. It’s part of the Feminist Catholic Podcast series and features Rosario Rodriguez, who experienced two assaults and had to learn what forgiveness really is.

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Not sure why the player won’t show up though it does show up in the Visual mode. If you click the HTML above, you can listen.

Sorry that WordPress won’t make it look nicer. They could if they wanted to.

A Christmas Story

My friend Kimberley shared this with me.

The school was putting on a Christmas play, and after they told the Bible story of Joseph and Mary in Bethlehem … they picked a little boy to play a  small part and all he had to say to Joseph and Mary when they  came to his door looking for a place to stay for the night was “We have no room here.”

On opening night of the play Mary and Joseph came to his door asking for a place and the little boy  just looked at them and said nothing. The prompter kept giving him the line..”No Room Here”…but the boy kept silent. All of a sudden they noticed a tear rolling down his cheek and again they prompted him “No room here” and suddenly he said “You can sleep in my bed.”

The true meaning of Christmas.

The War Room

 

I knew that The War Room was number 1 at the box office when it opened in the summer. I also knew that it was made by a group of Evangelical Christians known for their low budget films. So I feared this film might be low quality and rather preachy. Yet a couple friends had seen the film and recommended it.

When I flew back to the US from China, The War Room was offered on my flight. It seemed like a low risk chance to watch it.

While there are no big name stars and the story is overtly Christian, The War Room held my interest and was worth my time. It’s the story of an affluent couple who’re drifting apart, bickering and arguing a lot, becoming more materialistic and losing respect for each other — two pitfalls that are all too common.

The wife is a real estate agent, who meets a wise widow who regrets letting her own marriage slide. The widow is deeply spiritual and challenges the heroine to pray for her husband in a “War Room.” She insists that it’s not the wife’s job to fix her husband, but to love him and pray for him.

As you’d expect the praying works. What I liked about the film was that although it wasn’t subtle or polished, it touched on an aspect of life that so many people struggle with. It came across as real. All the actors were believable and the story satisfied. I wouldn’t say it was my favourite film of all time, but I am glad I saw it.

Weekly Photo Challenge: Serenity

Temple complex, Phnom Penh

Temple complex, Phnom Penh

Botanic Garden, Chicago

Botanic Garden, Chicago

Old St. Pat's Church, Chicago

Old St. Pat’s Church, Chicago

Chion Temple, Japan

Chion Temple, Japan

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