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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

May Christmas Come

Can I see Mary and her child in the Salvadoran mother and daughter? Can I if she moved to this side of the border . . . without documentation? Even though the wages she gets for picking coffee for us to drink is not enough to feed her family?

Can I see Mary and her child in the Salvadoran mother and daughter?
Can I if she moved to this side of the border . . . without documentation?
Even though the wages she gets for picking coffee for us to drink is not enough to feed her family?

May Christmas Come
by Alan Jones
The rough beast slouching
toward Bethlehem,
still waits to come to term.
Christmas comes and goes
as we expect.
Nothing changes.
This year in New York, Jerusalem
and Kabul,
the Innocents are slaughtered
according to Herod’s schedule.
His rage, unchecked,
still does its work.
Yet this year
things could be different.
September 11th adds urgency
to the
birth,
making this the time of choosing.
The choice is ours
to miss the point or
see Mary and her child
in every mother and her baby,
and adore, absorbing
the rage and terror
and with a loving heart
rebuild the world,
making peace our gift.
May Christmas come.