Iraq's Christians, few enough, have come forth in numbers to gather for ceremonies in spite of the blood that fell there at the end of October. That is the spirit of martyrs, and a glorious act of courage.
In the Philippines, a bomb set against a Catholic church.
Death waits for us all. These are not alone in daring it; and we are not privileged in facing it. May all be welcome that God sends. That is only to say "Merry Christmas" in other words: in defiance of tyranny, in love of life, and in fearlessness of death. Many wear that charm more boldly than we. God keep them.