Father and Citizen Journalist
Tomorrow marks the birthday of three significant individuals. The first is that of my daughter, Molly Macy Files, who will be an almost unbelievable thirty-seven-years-old. Molly is a very active mother of three small children, and, as far as I am concerned, she sets the bar for good parenting. She is committed to the education, development, health, and well-being of Sebastian, Judah, and Willow. Molly is an exceptional wife and mother. Happy birthday, honey!
Chelsea Elizabeth (PFC Bradley) Manning will turn twenty-six tomorrow in her prison cell at Ft. Leavenworth, Kansas. This will be the fourth birthday that the military whistle-blower has spent behind bars. Private Manning released copies of extensive secret government information, much of which proved embarrassing to the U.S. Department of State. Many credit Chelsea with exposing government misuse of power, and credit her with positive changes that the military and State Department felt compelled to make after ordinary Americans got a good look into the dark recesses of its government closets. Stay strong, Chelsea.
Time Magazine's Person of the Year for 2013, Pope Francis, turns seventy-seven tomorrow. The Pope has fractured many papal stereotypes and seems intent on bringing the Catholic Church into the modern age. It was recently revealed that he is leaving the Vatican some nights and traveling incognito into the streets of Rome where he is ministering to the poor. The Pope is also making statements that are driving the old guard nuts. He wants to Church to be more broadly open to people and much more tolerant, an institution that is better known for charitable works than for being anti-abortion, anti-divorce, and anti-gay. Today it was announced that The Advocate magazine, a nationally known and respected news source focused on gay issues, has also named Pope Francis as its Person of the Year.
Keep washing those feet, Your Holiness! You are already a saint in my book!
All in all, December 17th would appear to be an excellent day for giving birth to babies who will go on to become hard working and courageous people.