I've been fighting a nasty cold these past few days - I think I've finally won on points. I took to my bed and to reading Studs Terkel's wonderful book Will the Circle be Unbroken: Reflections on Death, Rebirth and Hunger for a Faith. Curiously consoling for some strange reason! Studs was one of the good guys, no doubt about it.
There's a delightful interview with Studs over at Speaking of Faith about this book, and his reflections since its publication. At one stage he observes that death is a full stop at the end of the sentence - it's what comes before that counts. I'm inclined to agree.
Of course, his book about Death is really all about Life. And it did make me realise that life goes on: even in recessions or depressions. People will fall in love, become parents and bury loved ones in 2009 no matter what happens to GDP or the global economy.
So on that note I'm taking a break from blogging, twittering, Google reading etc for a couple of days. I wish all of you - Catholic/Protestant, Jew/Gentile and Dissenter - a very Happy Christmas.