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December 23rd, 2007

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A movie that really should get more attention at this time of year is The Bishop's Wife, with David Niven, Loretta Young, Cary Grant and Monty Woolley. (It's on TCM tomorrow evening at 8 Eastern.) There is a beautiful sermon at the end, given by Bishop Henry Brougham (Niven) but in fact written by the angel Dudley (Grant).

Tonight I want to tell you a story about an empty stocking. Once upon a midnight clear there was a child's cry. A blazing star hung over a stable and wise men came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees and the cry of bells and gifts - but especially with gifts. You give me a book. I give you a tie. Aunt Martha always wanted an orange squeezer and Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. Oh, we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled. All that is, except one. We have even forgotten to hang it up. A stocking for the child born in a manger. It's his birthday we're celebrating. Don’t let us ever forget that. Let's ask ourselves what He would wish for most. And then let each put in his or her share - loving kindness - warm hearts - and the stretched out hand of tolerance - all the shining gifts that make peace on earth.


Short, to the point, and delivers a beautiful and powerful message.

Merry Christmas!
 
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From:lisapt
Date:December 23rd, 2007 04:58 pm (UTC)
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This is a wonderful statement. I shared it with Wild Child and asked him what Jesus would want. He said Jesus would want a magic wand so He could be magical. Then he said he would give Jesus a day off. I hope God has a sense of humor or my family is in huge trouble...
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From:john_holton
Date:December 24th, 2007 03:31 am (UTC)
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Of course God has a sense of humor. Ever wonder why there are so many funny looking people? (Old joke.)

Years ago, Don Rickles did a TV special, and one of the last skits in it was him confronting the devil. He had a line in it where he told Old Nick that every time someone laughed, it was another nail in the devil's coffin. Theologians never came up with a more astute observation.
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From:halfmoon_mollie
Date:December 23rd, 2007 11:21 pm (UTC)
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oh,that is one of my very favorite movies of all time. Cary Grant was so handsome in that movie, you could almost believe he was an angel. He played his part very convincingly. And even thought the 'almost' happily ever after ending was a little too pat...."And then let us each put in his or her share..." that gets me every time.

Thanks for reminding me, John.
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From:john_holton
Date:December 24th, 2007 03:22 am (UTC)
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I like the change seen in Professor Wutheridge, who starts out the movie completely sure that it's all nonsense, but by the end of the movie is less sure and perhaps a little in need of what he saw in Dudley (and Monty Woolley is always a treat). And, while the ending might be better, I still get a little emotional with the sermon. In many ways, it's really what the whole movie is about.
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From:neanderthalus
Date:December 24th, 2007 06:28 am (UTC)
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I also have loved that movie.

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