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    The Wrappings of Love in Enveloping Arms: An Advent Reflection


    by Pádraig Ó Tuama, guest contributor

    The Nicest Place on the Internet (screen grab)

    There’s an internet site called The Nicest Place on the Internet that I came across the other day. I’m not sure how I saw it — a link from a tweet, or something somebody wrote.

    When you open the site, an acoustic version of “I Have Never Loved Someone” by My Brightest Diamond begins playing. While it’s playing, short videos of people hugging a camera are played. There seems to be an unending slew of people who have sent in these YouTube videos of themselves approaching the camera. That’s all it is: the song on repeat and these videos of people hugging the camera that’s filming them.

    My first time meeting Protestants from the north was at a church camp in August 1987. I was eleven years old. I spent my camp asking the poor Protestants if they were Irish or English, with a curiosity I usually reserved for asking whether certain characters in Wonder Woman were goodies or baddies. At the end of the church camp, one of the Protestant women, a woman with blonde hair called Annette, said “Give me a hug.”

    I didn’t know what she meant. I didn’t know what hugs were to give her one. I didn’t know that I had one to give.

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    In recent years, I’ve been understanding and journeying through Lent. For some reason, Advent has been coming back to my consciousness. For someone as scatter-brained as I am, I need a sense of cycle and ritual. 

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