Throughout the month of December many of us gather together as family and friends to celebrate a wide variety of feasts and festivals. We gather together ponder light in this dark month. We gather to remind us of the loving bond we have with each other and remember those gatherings of our youth and childhood with people who no longer gather at our tables. We gather to celebrate. We gather to remember to love. Let us this year remember the deep connections we have with those at table and those who gather now only with us in our hearts and memory. Let us this year remember how fragile life is and how powerful love is. May your feast days be filled with joy and remembrance of love.