The True Story of the World

I always look forward to the editorial in the National Post on Christmas Eve. This year's editorial points to the news that you don't usually find in the papers:

The WikiLeaks cables told us something of the hidden world of the great capitals. What are the insiders saying in London and Paris and Rome and Moscow and Tokyo and Beijing? What are they writing back to Washington?

The Christian understanding is that there is another history, a sometimes-hidden history that reveals the true story of the world, told in its proper depth. It unfolds in the Sinai desert, in a stable in Bethlehem, on a cross in Jerusalem, in the work of martyrs and saints in places far away from the chancelleries and parliaments. This hidden story of God's love breaks into history even as a flickering flame banishes the darkness...

Is the story of this world only the one told in newspapers and history books? Or is there another realm, another source of good news, another history, which tells the truth about this world and our place in it? We know the darkness. Is it true that there is still a light?

We tell the stories of our time as best as we can here at the National Post. We report much darkness, for it is real. But at Christmas, many of us find it important to remember the light as well. In this spirit, we wish everyone a Merry Christmas.

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