Turning Things Around on Christmas
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Hello everyone! I‘m Sr. Vassa, and I‘m delighted that you've joined me again for this brief Coffee
Break. And merry Christmas to those of you who are already celebrating Christmas! You know, zillions,
at this time of year many of us are, of course, spending more time than usual
with family and close friends, while others
of us might feel more acutely than usual our loneliness or the absence or loss of the
one or ones we have lost. Whatever our situation may be, at this time of year we are confronted
in a special way with our relationships with other people, from present and past.
So let‘s talk a bit today
about turning things around. What do I mean by that? I mean, let‘s focus on what we
can give at this time rather than what we receive. Because this kind of focus can liberate
us from the rut of self-pity or dissatisfaction with others who surround us. As it says in
a well-known prayer, “O Divine Master, grant that I may not so much seek to be consoled
as to console, to be understood as to understand, to be loved as to love; for it is in giving
that we receive; it is in forgiving that we are forgiven; it is in dying to self that
we are born to eternal life.“ I was thinking about all this today, actually, zillions, because I was
so moved by an interview I came across, in an Austrian newspaper called "Österreich".
This interview is with a man named Georg Fraberger, who was born with
no arms and no legs.
I don't know if you can see this, but we'll put his picture up.
Now, he‘s a man of faith, he's a very successful psychologist, author of several
books, and also happily married with children. And this man says that one of the strongest
antidotes against feelings of existential Angst or fear, and also depression, is compassion
for other people and empathy, along with being yourself. Anyway, I would love to tell you
more about this man, zillions, but I do have to be going right now, and I hope to see you next time!