Our family saw the showing of a documentary on Catholic Worker co-founder Dorothy Day the other night at St. Augustine’s Church in Cleveland. Before it started, someone passed out copies of the magazine: Alternatives for Simple Living. The December issue is titled: Whose Birthday Is It, Anyway? One of the articles was titled: What Jesus Wants for Christmas. It starts: “When we celebrate a birthday, we are careful to give what the person really wants or needs. Is there any doubt what Jesus wants from us? He insists that in order to give to Him, we must find Him in the hungry, the thirsty, the stranger, the naked, the sick and the imprisoned. By helping to provide a goat for a farmer in Honduras, a decent home for a family in rural Mississippi, or food for those who are victims of war, you can give Jesus a birthday gift he really wants…” As mentioned in an early blog entry, for Christmas this year we have decided to “give” our children the opportunity to help those less fortunate. Our Joseph, 10, has just spent a week restoring a used bicycle for a child in Haiti, the poorest country in the Western Hemisphere. Shaker Cycle in Cleveland is collecting used and new bicycles to send to a school of 1,100 students in Haiti, many of whom have to walk many miles to get to school every day. Note: The Dorothy Day Documentary, Don’t Call Me A Saint, featured the life of a woman who adopted voluntary poverty in solidarity with the poor and worked exhaustively to help them at every turn. During one of our campaign tours, I told the Havre News, in Havre, Montana, that it is spiritually essential we all help the poor (both here and abroad) more, and this starts — for many — with lifestyle cuts to free up more money.