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We look to the end of 2012 filled with immense grief and overpowering uncertainty in the face of recent tragic events. Innocent lives were lost in Connecticut while thousands of others around the world face hunger, war and death every day.

But looking back through this year, there were many moments in our country in which light shone through the darkness and love shattered the hate. There was the police office that bought a pair of boots for a homeless man in New York City. There were the hundreds of heroes that emerged in the wake of Hurricane Sandy. There was the rugby star that visited his biggest fan in the hospital. There was the cop who gave a blind boy his chance to experience law enforcement.

For every act of violence and for every example of hatred, we find instances of unconditional love for one another. While our newscasts flash images of death and destruction, remember that behind these tragedies lies moments that restore our faith in humanity.

The social news organization BuzzFeed compiled 26 photos that remind us that love and good are alive in our world. As we pray for those affected by the recent shooting in Newtown, Connecticut, reflect on these photos and the promise that resides in each image. Our world is not perfect, but this Christmas, we celebrate the birth of the One who is.

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6 Comments

  1. Brian-179089 December 24, 2012

    Amazing……I was just mentioning to a friend today -”with so much violence, sadness, and hate in the world, it’s easy for all of us to look at the bad…..but there is SO MUCH goodness out there….good people doing small acts of kindness everyday – reflecting Christ’s love in our world.”
    I made it to the arcade story….and started to get a little emotional. That little boy, Caine, reminded me of myself at his age…..full of life, ideas, and happiness for the simple things. He certainly has a special future ahead of him!
    Give us the strength, Lord, to look for the wonderful, little ways we can find hope and peace in our troubled world. May we see your Holy Presence in the downtrodden, the lost, the hopeless people of our world, in the bleak and un-inspiring situations. Help us to be Your Body, to reach out to others in need. Amen.

  2. Steven-706921 December 24, 2012

    I am heartened to see this. Thanks be to God.

  3. Julie-917308 December 25, 2012

    It can be easy to focus on all of the negative things in this world–there are many! But there are also so many blessings! We can be a blessing to others–all it takes is our choice, and that is a powerful tool that so many forget that we have. Do I choose to cause pain or do I choose to bring joy? We don’t often break it down that far, but that is what “small kindnesses” truly are. I am far from perfect, but thinking more about what I have failed to do for others makes me more mindful of what I can do. Thank you, Jessica, for this post to remind us of the good in the world. We have the power to make it better, and Jesus to help us help others. Peace be with you.

  4. Sue-906387 December 25, 2012

    Wow…can’t help but cry when I find these acts of love and generosity taking place everywhere. Praise be to God in heaven and on earth. The best Xmas gift one can have on this Christmas season.

  5. Richard-923328 December 25, 2012

    I think it is so important to share the Good News of what is going on, to share the Good News of Christ in us throughout the nation and earth. I appreciate people’s acts of kindness, and I went to Little Egg harbor, NJ to assist with Hurricane Sandy cleanup in November. What a blessing as I got to assist an 87-year-old Catholic woman and also a man who was Head of the New York Port Authority. Even with all the bad things going on, we must stick together. I belive we are experiencing revival and awakening at the grassroots level. Let us love one another and pray for God to work in and through us.

  6. Jessica-844048 December 28, 2012

    What a phenomenal thing! Thank you for sharing, it definitely brightened my day :-)

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