We now interrupt our music history series with a holiday message.
I want to extend my prayers and support to all of you during this Christmas season. And as the calendar year 2007 draws to an end, I am saddened by the death of Dan Fogelberg, one of the GREAT singer/songwriters of our time. Dan composed such beautiful poetry and melodies. He was such a gift to so many of us. I'll bet if you asked Steve Angrisano, Ken Canedo or Jesse Manibusan who influenced them as singer/songwriters, they would all have Dan Fogelberg on their list. God bless you Dan, and thank you for the music!
So, after a year of blessed ministry experiences on the road, including our work in Portland, Oregon at the "mother ship" of spiritandong.com/OCP, I am at home with my family — my favorite place in all the world!!! I pray that you have a blessed holiday season and spend time in quiet prayer. Not just at Mass or other communal gatherings, but BY YOURSELF, with Christ.
In fact, don't "just do something, just sit there" and be loved by your Creator. Think of the Christ Child, think of the wonder of the Incarnation, think of Mary's "yes" to the will of God, and then don't think at all. Just be — just be present to your own breathing, and in that, you will be present to the Spirit of God within you. As my friend Fr. John Amsberry says over and over,
YOU ARE LOVED!
Merry Christmas and have a Holy New Year!
Christmas Child [CD]
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