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From The Bishop's Wife

 In the 1947 movie about an Andes, Dudley (Cary Grant), arrives to answer the prayers of the Bishop (David Niven), who has lost his way. He interacts with the Bishop's wife, Julia (Loretta Young), their child and friends.  The Bishop, who knows Dudley is an angel, grows jealous of Dudley, who seems to get along so much better with everyone, than he does.  He complains near the end that Dudley has not answered his prayers, but Dudley reminds him that what he prayed for was guidance, and he gave him that.  The angel is forgotten by all, when he leaves, but everyone is changed.  At the end, the congregation is gathered on Christmas Eve, and he gives his sermon:


 "Tonight I want to tell you the story of an empty stocking.  Once upon a midnight clear there was a child's cry. A blazing Star hung over a stable and Wiseman came with birthday gifts. We haven't forgotten that night down the centuries. We celebrate it with stars on Christmas trees, with the sound of bells, and with gifts.  But especially with gifts.   You give me a book.  I give you a tie. Aunt Martha has always wanted an orange squeezer. And Uncle Henry could do with a new pipe. Oh, we forget nobody, adult or child. All the stockings are filled, all, that is, except one. And we have even forgotten to hang it up, - the stocking for the child born in a manger.  It's His birthday we're celebrating. Don't let us ever forget that. Let us ask ourselves what He would wish for most and then let each put in his share - loving kindness, - warm hearts, and a stretched out hand of tolerance..all the shining gifts make peace on earth."