As Mother Teresa is being declared a saint by Pope Francis, I remember our meeting in the last year of her life. In 1996, I was visiting India and one evening after viewing the Taj Mahal in Agra, I met a priest in the hotel bar. Really. He was on his way to Mother Teresa's Home for the Dying Destitute. When I mentioned my lifelong work with the dying, he asked if I wanted to join him.
Please give the gift of your time to that very special person in your life and please be mindfully present while doing so. I promise you at some point down the road, you'll look back with an incredible feeling that you too, had your own Christmas miracle reveal itself-- in a most magical, unexpected way.
More gun control? Tighter security in elementary schools and universities? Sure, but we also have to look at the venues of violence over the past three years and take into account that shootings have also occurred in places of employment, homes, restaurants, a theater and more. So where do we look for one positive step forward, something we can all participate in?