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Merry Christmas – 2019

The whole world is a series of miracles, but we’re so used to them we call them ordinary things.

– Hans Christian Andersen

This is a Chihuly glass work. It was hanging from the ceiling, but because it looked so like a tree, I turned it upside down.

Wishing you a Very Merry Christmas

We are all meant to be mothers of God. What good is it to me if this eternal birth of the divine Son takes place unceasingly, but does not take place within myself? And, what good is it to me if Mary is full of grace if I am not also full of grace? What good is it to me for the Creator to give birth to his Son if I do not also give birth to him in my time and my culture? This, then, is the fullness of time: When the Son of Man is begotten in us.

– Meister Eckhart, 1260-1328, German Dominican Mystic

Christmas Eve – Receiving God

 

It is good for a person to receive God
Into himself or herself
And I call this receptivity the work of a virgin.

But it is better
When God becomes fruitful within a person.
For becoming fruitful as a result of a gift is the
Only gratitude for the gift.

I call such a person a wife
And in this sense the term wife is the noblest
Term we can give the soul,
It is far nobler than virgin.

Every day
Such a person bears fruit a hundred times
Or a thousand times
Or countless times
Giving birth and becoming fruitful
Out of the most noble foundation of all.

Tend only to this birth in you
And you will find there
All goodness and all consolation,
All delight,
All being and truth.

~ Meister Eckhart, OP

Christmas Blessings

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Let us join our voices with the music of the angels this Christmas!

Merry Christmas

Blessing to you this Christmas

Blessing to you this Christmas

On the Twelfth Day of Christmas – The Feast of the Epiphany

rose_court_christmas_2008_002May peace be on our lips and in our hearts at Christmas and all through the year.

On the Eleventh Day of Christmas

And as we hope for peace in this New Year, it bears repeating:

I heard the bells on Christmas Day
Their old, familiar carols play,
And wild and sweet
The words repeat
Of peace on earth, good will to [all]!

– Henry Wadsworth Longfellow, “Christmas Bells”

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