Pleasant Haunts


I have endeavored in this Ghostly little book, to raise the Ghost of an Idea, which shall not put my readers out of humor with themselves, with each other, with the season, or with me.  May it haunt their houses pleasantly, and no one wish to lay it.

Their faithful Friend and Servant,
C. D.
December, 1843.

With this brief, friendly salutation, Charles Dickens introduced A Christmas Carol, to the world — a story that almost singlehandedly turned Christmas into the celebration that it is today in Britain and America. In it, Dickens describes Christmas as “a good time: a kind, forgiving, charitable, pleasant time: the only time I know of in the long calendar of the year, when men and women seem by one consent to open their shut-up hearts freely, and to think of other people below them as if they really were fellow-passengers to the grave, and not another race of creatures bound on other journeys.”

This soon came to be known as the “Carol Philosophy,” and I would like to point out that it is most certainly part of our philosophy here at the Catch to treat all men and women as if we were all “fellow-passengers to the grave,” and to point to the good news that this human journey we are all on need not end at the grave, but because of resurrection power, it is a journey that ends in full recovery of our true humanity and our place in eternity with God in the joyful embrace of life eternal through Jesus Christ our Lord!

So we intend to “haunt your house pleasantly” today and tomorrow, as we evoke aspects of this familiar story to help tell our own story about the importance of the Catch — its past, present, and most of all, its vital future as we carry the Gospel of Welcome to everyone, everywhere.

And in these waning hours of 2015, we will be encouraging you, our faithful Catch readers, to open your hearts and share with us, as many of you have done in years past, a generous, one-time, end-of-the-year gift that will help kick us into the New Year and expand our global reach that already includes fellow-passengers in 140 different countries.

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