Silent Night…

December 21, 2018

December 24, 1914-World War I-trench warfare-German and British troop face each other over “no man’s land”. It was a clear night. The shelling and guns had

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

Daniel Fachting, Ph.D. is a Licensed Psychologist, Lay Minister at Our Lady of Hope Parish in Clare, and Chancellor for Knights of Columbus Council #3029. He can be reached at fachtingcounseling1@gmail.com or by calling (989) 386-8166.

stopped. Troops on both sides took a short break and then the unthinkable happened.

A German soldier began singing “Silent Night”. From across no man’s land a British soldier responded by joining him in the song. Then other soldiers from both sides joined in and the result was that for a short time World War I came to a halt.

Soldiers from both camps came out of their trenches and greeted each other. They shared other Christmas songs. They shared pictures of their families. They shared cigarettes and candy. They shook hands. Some say they even got a soccer game going. As light began to dawn, they went back to their trenches. According to some accounts the military units on both sides had to be replaced for the awful war to continue.

Fourteen days earlier, Pope Benedict XV had issued a statement that in part prayed, “that the guns may fall silent at least upon the night the angels sang”. World War I did not end on Christmas that year. For almost another four years World War I would rage on and millions would lose their lives, their livelihood and the seeds of the Great Depression would be planted. Welcome to the 20th century!

About 2000 years ago another voice was heard in the night as the Lord Jesus was born to the Virgin Mary in the little town of Bethlehem. It wasn’t the voice of a lone soldier on a clear cold night singing “Silent Night”, rather it was the voice of a tiny baby crying out to all who would listen.

Using only my imagination I can hear him cry out, “Stop hurting Me! Stop hurting each other. Take care of each other. Whatever you do to others you do to Me. Come to me and learn from Me. Let there be peace on Earth, forever!”

What ever the wars are in your life, for at least one night call a truce. Let there be peace for at least one night. Let there once more be a silent, holy night, where all is calm, all is bright!

May the Lord bless and keep you. May He let his face shine upon you and give you His peace.

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