Category: Christmas

On the Ninth Day of Christmas

A new time stands on my doorstep ready to enter my life’s journey. Something in me welcomes this visitor: the hope of bountiful blessings the joy of a new beginning the freshness of unclaimed surprises. Something in me rebuffs this visitor: the swiftness of… Continue Reading “On the Ninth Day of Christmas”

On the Eighth Day of Christmas

Dear God, this past year has been filled with great challenges. Fear and insecurity are our companions day and night. We pray that you shelter us beneath the shadow of your wings and protect us from all harm. Remove the evil forces that surround us and spread over us… Continue Reading “On the Eighth Day of Christmas”

On the Seventh Day of Christmas

Let us bring Christ into this world as Mary did. The seed of God is in us. Given an intelligent and hard-working farmer, it will thrive and grow up to God, whose seed it is; and accordingly its fruits will be God-nature. Pear seeds… Continue Reading “On the Seventh Day of Christmas”

On the Sixth Day of Christmas

The birth of Jesus made possible not just a new way of understanding life but a new way of living it. – Frederick Buechner

On the Fifth Day of Christmas

Long after the angels disappear into the heavens, the shepherds return to their flocks, the magi journey home and the great star sets, Jesus remains. The Child in whom we rediscover God’s great love for humanity becomes the Adult Redeemer who challenges us to… Continue Reading “On the Fifth Day of Christmas”

On the Fourth Day of Christmas

When peaceful silence lay over all, and the night had run half of her swift course, your all-powerful word, O Lord, leaped down from heaven, from the royal throne. – Prayer on Second Sunday after Christmas, Roman Rite

On the Third Day of Christmas . . .

There is no rose of such vertu As is the rose that bare Jesu.    Alleluia. For in this rose conteined was Heaven and earth in litel space,    Res miranda.(1) By that rose we may well see There be on God in persons… Continue Reading “On the Third Day of Christmas . . .”

On the Second Day of Christmas

From the Christmas Card of the Dominican Sisters of San Rafael to you: God’s infinite love has come to us. God chose to become human to teach us to live in trust, in hope, and in love.

On the First Day of Christmas . . .

Lo, how a rose e’er blooming From tender stem hath sprung Of Jesse’s lineage coming as prophets long have sung, It came a flow’ret bright Amid the cold of winter When half spent was the night. Isaiah ’twas foretold it The rose I have… Continue Reading “On the First Day of Christmas . . .”

May Our Lives Bring forth Christ in our World

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… Continue Reading “May Our Lives Bring forth Christ in our World”