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America, in a few short hours, we welcome The Sacred Birth Of Jesus Christ. A child born to welcoming, dependable, holy parents – whose lives were dedicated to raising, guiding, and nurturing Him.

How very blessed are children born into welcoming, loving, upright homes!

Sadly, many children are not. As they develop, and their relational needs are unmet or mutilated, they suffer “unthinkable anxieties”, “primitive agonies” [Winnicott]. Seeking relief from their pain, they often choose to travel improper paths, leading to further pain and degradation.

In the spirit of Christmas, I am asking you, America, to consider that “Barack Obama”, for all his great accomplishments, has greatly suffered; and in his suffering, chose paths he now regrets.

I truly believe that if he could do it all over again, he wouldn’t do it.

Please, permit me to introduce you to one of the holiest men I know. A former Mafioso from the Bronx, the man you meet today is thoroughly unrecognizable as the man he was before his spiritual awakening.

Twenty-six years ago, on 23 June 1985, after much agonizing deliberation, from a prison cell – just like Malcolm X  – he turned toward the Face Of God. And not for one living breathing moment has he turned away.

How I wish you could meet him! How I wish you could hear his story.

Last night, I was honored to converse with him. As always, I felt the spirit of Jesus Christ emanate from him across hundreds of miles of fiber optics, right into my heart. The compassion. The welcoming. The peace. It is no mystery why his home is filled with boxes of cards and letters from people whose broken lives have been healed by his witness.

“No matter how complicated your problems are” he counsels, “the solution is always simple: turn to God.”

This man embodies what The Monks Of Weston Priory describe in their Christmas Songs CD.  MP3 Downloads are available at  http://www.cdbaby.com/cd/monkswestonpriory8

“Morning softly awakens all of our deepest longings to be reborn … gifting us his presence, Jesus is born … Into the desert of our lives, bringing truth and freedom, God comes to us.” ["Morning Softly Awakens"].

America, in honor of The Sacred Birth Of Jesus Christ, let us lay down our anger, and find it within our hearts to genuinely welcome “Barack Obama” as he steps forth in Integrity. I sense you’d agree: it will not be an easy step.

Yet, it will be the most courageous step any American, in all our great history, has ever taken.

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