Today the peace challenge is to take an inventory of my spiritual life. Where I feel most inadequate is in being able to physically help those in need. Since I have two small boys who need me every minute, time and travel is limited. I cannot leave American soil right now to visit even the closest impoverished areas of Mexico.  While this is often frustrating for me, I know that the poor are right next door to all of us if we but take the time to notice and reach out. Today I can be like St. Nicholas, who gave little gifts to those all around him. His selfless acts of love have continued to inspire people all over the world at this time of the year particularly. Following his lead, I will surprise someone with a small token of my love.  I will use my heart and my resources, like he did, to spread peace in any small way that I can.

by CMM