Lethbridge Herald, The (Newspaper) - December 24, 1971, Lethbridge, Alberta
A Christmas (Dessage 'esiderata Pound In: Old Saint haul's Church, Baltimore; ftated 1692 O PLACIDLY AMID THE NOISE HASTE, REMEMBER (WHAT PEACE THERE MAY BE IN SILENCE. AS FAR AS POSSIBLE WITHOUT SURRENDER BE ON GOOD TERMS "with all persons. Speak your truth quietly clearly? and listen to others, even the dull ignorant; they too have their story, Avoid loud aggressive persons, they are vexations to the spirit. If you compare yourself with others, you may become vain bitter; for always there will be greater lesser persons than yourself. Enjoy your achievements as well as your plans. Keep interested in your own career, however humble; it is a real possession in the changing fortunes of time. Exercise caution in your business affairs; for the world is full of trickery. But let this not blind you to what virtue there is; many persons strive for high ideals; and everywhere life is full of heroism, Be yourself. Especially, do not feign affection. Neither be cynical about love; for in the face of all aridity disenchantment it is perennial as the grass. Take kindly the counsel of the years, gracefully surrendering the things of youth. Nurture strength of spirit to shield you in sudden misfortune. But do not distress yourself with imaginings. v3n Many fears are born of fatigue loneliness. Beyond a wholesome discipline, be gentle with your- self. You are a child of the universe, no less than the trees the you have a right to be here. And whether or not it is clear to you, no doubt the universe is unfolding as it should. Therefore be at peace with God, whatever you conceive Him to be, and whatever your labors aspirations, in the noisy confusion of life keep peace with your soul. With all its sham, drudgery broken dreams, it is still a beautiful world. Be careful. Strive to be happy, Creche St. Erancis of Asslsi acted as deacon at the Mass that brought the huge, torch-bearing crowd to the first rccnactment of the Nativity. The Babe's Crib on an Italian Hillside Held a Wish to Share Christmas A NYONE WHO SEEKS a way to mjke Christ- mas more meaningful should be of good cheer. St. Francis of Assisi felt just that need in A.D. 1223. "Of all religious festi- wrote Thomas of Ce- lano, an Italian monk who was one of his followers, "Christmas was the most beautiful for Francis." Because he loved Christ- inas, Francis sought a way to share it with others; to share it in a way that would express all the joy that he felt over the celebration of "when God became a little Babe and was nourished by a mother's milk." He hit upon the idea of setting up a manger as it might have been in Bethlehem, and so. the tradition of the creche was born. Perhaps the idea had come to Francis as he gazed upon a steep hill, honey- combed with caves and topped by a patch of young trees. The hill lay across a valley from the home of a friend, Giovanni Velitta, Lord of Greccio, and Francis, judged the hill perfect for the setting of the recreated Nativity scene. "I SHOULD LIKE to share the coming feast the Savior with wrote' Francis to Velitta. "I want to set up a real manger on this mountain spot, with hay, and to bring an ox and an ass like those that kept the Infant Jesus company." Francis had previously submitted the plan for ap- proval to Pope Honorlus III, and with permission grant- ed, Velitta was delighted to take part in the venture. So it was arranged, and the creche was prepared for the celebration of the Christmas Eve mass. Thomas of Celano, who his account of tho night scene only a few years recalls that the celebrant of the Mass said he never before had experi- enced such consolation. Francis served as deacon, intoning the Gospel and 'preaching a sermon. Echoes of the chants by friars mingled with the responses of the crowd, and torches and candles "lit up the darkness until it shone lika a star." THE LIGHT from that evening still glows in the A Cold Nose Needs a Warm Heart rriHINKING OF A PUPPY as a Christmas gift? Think J- twice, advise knowledgeable dog lovers. Today's cuddly ball of fur can be tomorrow's household problem if the dog buyer does not know what he is doing. Take disposition, for example. Almost every kind o'f thoroughbred has predictable characteristics. Some breeds are never going to love the mailman; others are 99 per cent certain to dig up your tulips; a few are hard to housebreak (if not Choose a cross-breed, and it can be the best or worst of two worlds. With a mongrel, it's strictly petluck. Most Christmas puppies will be bought for children, and here, again, a word of caution. All children, do- not know how to treat a dog. Mrs. Robert Wilson, a breeder Kerry Blue Terriers, says she always hesitated to sell a puppy to a family with a child. "If, in desperation, the dog finally bites the child, it is always the dog's fault, no matter how he has been mistreated." For the puppy shopper at the local animal shelter, the question is not always one of choice. Find someone who can make an educated guess about the puppy'.1: eventual size. Otherwise, a few- months could see you the owner of a 70- pound monster that wags the bric-a-brac off the coffee if you don't mind. On the plus side, consider Sen. G. G. Vest's "Tribute to a delivered in an 19th century 'damage suit against-a man. who shot a neighbor's hound, "Old Drum." Sen. Vest "pENTLEMEN OF THE JURY: The best friend a man vJ" has in the world may turn against him and be- come his enemy. His son or daughter that he has reared with loving care may prove ungrateful. Those who are nearest and dearest to us, those whom we trust with our happiness and our good name may become traitors to their faith. The money that a man has he may lose. It flies away from him, perhaps, when he needs it most. A man's reputation may be sacrificed in a moment of ill- considered action. The people who are prone to fall on their knees to do us honor when success is with us may be the first to throw 'the stone of malice when failum settles its cloud upon our heads. The one absolutely un- selfish friend that man can have in this selfish world, the one that never deserts him, the one that never proves ungrateful or treacherous, is his dog. A man's dog stands by .him in prosperity and poverty, in health and sickness. He will sleep on the cold ground where the wintry winds blow and the snow drives fiercely, if only he may ba near his master's side. He will kiss the hand that has no food to offer; he will lick the wounds and sores that come in encounter with the roughness of the -world. He guards the sleep of his pauper master as if he were a prince. When -all other friends desert he remains. When riches take wings and reputation falls to pieces, he is as constant in his love as the sun in its journey through the heavens. "If fortune drives the master forth an outcast in the world, friendless and homeless, the faithful dog asks no higher privilege than that of accompanying him, to guard against danger, to fight against his enemies, and when the last scene of all comes, and death takes the master in its embrace, and his body is laid away in the cold ground, no matter if all other friends pursue their way, there by the graveside will the noble dog be found, his head between his paws, his eyes sad, but open in alert watchfulness, faithful and true even in death." Sen. Vest sat down. The jury, wiping its eyes, awarded :his client The plaintiff had only asked for hearts of persons who make the creche a part of their Christmas celebration. The tradition has been carried on by farmers of Europe who spend the winter eve- nings of Advent carving the or repairing them. From a simple representa- tion, Nativity scenes have grown to the extent where some are made up oi hun- dreds of figures. Shepherds, their flocks, the Wise- Men, may be part of the scene. The focal point is always composed of St. Joseph, Mary, and the crib that holds the Infant Jesus. THE CUSTOM of setting up the creche has spread throughout the Christian world. Towns, churches and schools put the figures on display as part of the Yule celebration. It is traditional to leave the crib empty until Christinas Eve. The Moravians, members of a denomination based on the doctrines of John Huss, brought the tradition of building a Nativity scene .with them whan, they set- tled in Pennsylvania and Winston-Salem, N.C. In Ro- man Catholic churches, the of the Nativity is an eagerly awaited annual event, Eskimos come out the frozen wilderness of Alaska to take part. In In- dia, the creche may be deco- rated with ferns and colored streamers. Africans often construct the crib of rough brick! But the idea is the call to mind the meaning of Francis would be pleased. MORE THAN seven cen- turies have passed since that first creche. The hill- side where it stood became a place of legend for years afterward with reports persons who recovered their health there. Even the ani- mals and birds that were so close to Francis' heart were said to possess new vigor after feeding on the hal- lowed hay that grew on the hill. There is a postscript to the story of that first Cele- bration; a legend that be- longs among the heart- warming stories of Christ- mas. Giovanni Velitla, the friend who had helped in the realization of the orig- inal creche, reports that there was a moment on that Christmas Eve when Fran- cis walked over to the crib and knelt. Witnesses say that the sleeping Baba awakened, looked up at tho adoring man, and smiled. DJstrlhntad by Ktosr Fattens Syndicate.