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On the Tenth Day of Christmas

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I light candles this Christmas
Candles of joy, despite all sadness,
Candles of hope where despair keeps watch.
Candles of courage where fear is ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavey burdens.
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.

– Howard Thurman

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

Peace in Yosemite Valley

Peace in Yosemite Valley

Peace on earth will come to stay,
When we live Christmas every day.

– Helen Steiner Rice

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

The Star of Joy
And every time I feel the shine

I am called
to follow it
to sing it
to live it . . .

– Macrina Wiederkehr

Though the way looks dark, shall I follow?

Though the way looks dark, shall I follow?

On the Seventh Day of Christmas – Happy New Year!

sopra_minerva_062307_029Blessings of Peace in this New Year to All!

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

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I will light candles this Christmas
Candles of joy, despite all sadness,
Candles of home where despair keeps watch,
Candles of courage where fear is ever present,
Candles of peace for tempest-tossed days,
Candles of grace to ease heavy burdens,
Candles of love to inspire all my living,
Candles that will burn all the year long.

– Howard Thurman

On the Fifth Day of Christmas

Where shall we begin?

Where shall we begin?
What is our destination?

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When the song of the angels is stilled,
When the star in the sky is gone,
When the kings and princes are home,
When the shepherds are back with their flock,
The work of Christmas begins:

To find the lost,
To heal the broken,
To feed the hungry,
To release the prisoner,
To rebuild the nations,
To bring peace among [sisters and] brothers,
To make music in the heart.

– Howard Thurman, “The Work of Christmas”

Weekly Photo Challenge: Joy (on the 4th Day of Christmas)

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

Christmas is a celebration of Joy/Emmanuel/God with Us. Joy living among us. And so, as on all the days of Christmas, we celebrate the Coming of Joy into our lives.

It is good and joyful to live on this earth!

It is good and joyful to live on this earth!

Henceforth humanity has the right to know that it is good to be human, good to live on this earth, good to have a body, because God in Jesus chose and said “yes” to our humanity. Or as we Franciscans love to say, “incarnation is already Redemption.” The problem is solved. Now go and utterly enjoy all remaining days. Not only is it “Always Advent,” but every day can now be Christmas because the one we thought we were just waiting for has come once and for all.

– Richrd Rohr, OFM, from Preparing for Christmas