The Ultimate Gift

The Christmas toy catalogs have already begun to show up in the mailbox.  My children have been paging through them multiple times, circling items that meet their eyes and asking if they can put them on their Christmas lists. Toys, electronics, and decorations are beginning to fill store shelves and soon we will see ads for Black Friday sales all before Advent even begins. It won’t be long before we are bombarded with all of the materialism that surrounds the holiest time of year.

We begin to think of what to buy for our children for Christmas. My husband and I have the same discussion year after year: “Do they really need that toy, and will it get played with or simply tossed to the side after the initial excitement wears off?” Ultimately, we want to give our children a gift that will be treasured and used for more than just a brief moment.

Growing up as a child my grandparents didn’t have a lot of money, but my grandmother always went in search of the perfect gift for each of her grandchildren. It wasn’t until I was a bit older that what I began appreciating even more than the gift was the card that came attached to it: A card filled with a spiritual bouquet of dozens of prayers, Masses, Holy Hours and Rosaries said for each of her children and grandchildren; countless hours over the years spent praying for her family.

What is it that we really want for our children and grandchildren? What kind of dreams, goals and hopes do we have for their future? What does it look like and what am I doing now to help them get there? Essentially, we want something for them that money doesn’t buy, something the world cannot give, and it won’t be found neatly wrapped in a package and a bow.

We want the ultimate gift for them: heaven. Eternal salvation with Christ doesn’t come easy. It requires sacrifice, immense love and heroic virtue. These things are all made possible through prayer, grace and the sacraments. It is the pearl of great price, and it is the only gift that really matters in the end and the one our hearts are longing for.

While we don’t know a lot about Saints Joachim and Anne other than they were the parents of Mary and the grandparents of Jesus, we can easily conclude that they were devout and holy. To have raised a daughter such as Mary, who was devoted, prayerful and filled with strong character, we can assume they modeled these traits in their daily life as well. They became saints who were a part of Jesus’ life, holding him as a child, caring for him as a young boy and watching him grow.

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Our House Blessing hangers have a peaked-roof design etched with a summary of the greatest commandment (see Matthew 22:38): “Love God with all your heart. Love your neighbor as yourself.” Underneath, this specific threshold hanger features an image of Mary, Joseph, and the Baby Jesus along with Mary’s parents Anne and Joachim. Approximate size 3.25″ x 6″

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By donating to Relevant Radio you are helping pass on the gift of the faith so that the message of Christ’s love will continue to be heard. Hearts are being converted and lives changed, people once away from the Church are finding the mercy of Jesus and the hope of heaven. They are discovering the ultimate gift. Join the family today to ensure this treasured gift will continue to be given.

Cassie Everts serves as Contributing Writer at Relevant Radio. She is a wife, mother, author and speaker. She is the co-author of Nursery of Heaven and blogs at Everyday Ann. She holds degrees in Theology and Communication Arts from Franciscan University of Steubenville.