DeMatha Express- December 21st
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|In Memoriam: |
|1st DeMatha Career Fair:|
|Spirit Wear Item of the Week:|
The Stag Store will be open for the following days and times leading up to the Christmas holiday:
Thursday, Dec. 21: 8:00am-2:00pm
Friday, Dec. 22: 9:00am-1:00pm
Saturday, Dec. 23: 9:00am-1:00pm
The Stag Store will re-open after the holidays on Monday, Jan. 8, 2018
|That is all.|
Director of Advancement
|From the Office of Advancement:|
|My daughter told me that many of her friends have never seen the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life." I find that unfortunate. Though the film may be old fashioned, corny, and sentimental, it seems that the movie's message still resonates -- that one life can have a real impact on the lives of others. Indeed, in the snarky Twitter universe we now reside, that message bears repeating.|
Without question, the holidays can be hard on us all. =Some of us may feel left out -- after all, aren't we all getting a luxury car for Christmas? Or, how come our family gatherings do not resemble a Norman Rockwell painting? I think some of us are haunted by the ghosts of Christmas past as we recall celebrations of previous years and we remember - and grieve -- that we have lost loved ones down through the years.
In the movie, "It's A Wonderful Life," the main character, Harry Bailey, is in utter despair on a snowy bridge wondering how his life has unraveled. Surely, we all have been in a similar situation where we have seemingly hit rock bottom. Of course, Harry is rescued by an
angel who shows him exactly what his life -- and the lives of others -- would have been like had he not been born.
I am not sure it takes a supernatural gift for us all to step back from our daily lives and contemplate the same question. How would things be if we never existed? In the course of any given day, how many people do we interact with?
Perhaps the greatest gift you can ever give at Christmas -- or any other time for that matter -- is the gift of yourself. A kind word, gesture, or a random act of kindness is more likely to go further than any possible material present. Maybe even a Lexus! And for those of you (us) in despair, your gift may be in allowing others to help you through your darkest hours.
So, yes, let there be peace on earth, and let that peace begin with each of us.
"I wish you joy and hearts content and freedom from all strife A hearthstone where your days are spent with those who light your life I wish you love that never ends may all your troubles cease But my fondest wish for you my friend is a heart and soul at peace"
"Wishes" by Tommy Makem