Christmas Day

Dear Gabriel,

We went to midnight Mass in the Cathedral. What with having to arrive an hour early to find a seat, it was nearly three hours in total, but Mozart’s Krönungsmesse, and the Bach, were superb.

At the end a thought came to me: amidst the two thousand people there, could anyone like them all? Imagine how happy you would be if you could love every human person as if he were your only son. What a wonderful place the world would be if we loved everyone like that, and how compassionate we would be.

God apparently did that. He sacrificed his only son. The thought was inspiring. I am even annoyed by the harmless person talking behind me.