Due to an unexpected illness I spent the first two of the 12 Days of Christmas recuperating. But I want now to remind my readers of the fact that the celebration of Christmas does not end on December 25th.
Aside from the fact that we should be thankful for the Savior’s birth all year long, the 12 Days immediately following Christmas are a special time of celebration for the Christian.
There is some thought by some Protestant believers that the traditionally Catholic 12 Days of Christmas should not be “practiced.” If you find yourself among those who do not want to look at these twelve days as something especially significant, that is fine. I find, on the other hand, that taking these days to remember specific things about our faith to be especially beautiful and worth significant reflection.
On this, the Third Day of Christmas, we are reminded of the “Three French Hens” which are the three theological virtues: faith, hope, and love.
We find these virtues given to us in 1 Corinthians 13:13; “So now faith, hope, and love abide, these three; but the greatest of these is love.”
Love is perhaps one of the most overlooked virtues of our faith in today’s “modern” society, but it seems that now, more than ever, we should return our focus on love, the greatest of these.”