As we approach the holidays, it is inevitable that the shopping calendar takes over.  There is something ominous about the countdown to Christmas.  We are constantly reminded of how little time we have left to complete our necessary purchases.  Knowing that we only have a certain amount of time brings a sense of urgency to what, otherwise, would be ordinary days.  But when we remember that our place in this universe is not a status we’ve earned, but a gift graciously given, we will better recognize the sacred weight of every second like the saints that have gone before us.