“Love is shown by little things, by attention to small daily signs which make us feel at home. Faith grows when it is lived and shaped by love. That is why our families, our homes, are true domestic churches. They are the right place for faith to become life, and life to grow in faith.” (Pope Francis)
As we put away our Christmas decorations and return to regular life, I am reminded of what Christmas is supposed to be about. With all the pressure to get the right gift, or cover everyone you’re supposed to cover, it is easy to forget that the point is not the gift. The point is the person, being attentive to who that person is, and making a gesture that says, “I see you, and I value you.” We can add so much pressure to that, as a giver and as a receiver. This statement by Pope Francis reminds us that, whether at Christmas or in our everyday life, it’s the little things that matter. This is the place where our love builds our faith, and our faith grows in love. We need constant reminders to keep it simple, but it really is that simple.