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Every gun that is made, every warship launched, every rocket fired signifies in the final sense, a theft from those who hunger and are not fed, those who are cold and are not clothed. This world in arms is not spending money alone. It is spending the sweat of its laborers, the genius of its scientists, the hopes of its children. This is not a way of life at all in any true sense. Under the clouds of war, it is humanity hanging on a cross of iron.
– Dwight D. Eisenhower
The Christmas TapestryBy Michael Hare DukeThe humdrum duties of the land,feeding the beasts, mucking out the strawprovide the dull hessian backgroundof the Christmas scene.Suddenly the tapestry is litby glory’s goldand smirched by red threads of violence.First the angel songcaroling the Word made flesh,then the murderous fire of Herod’s fear
slaying the InnocentsIs conflict part of the perennial patternof our response to Love’s story?Colonial might, conversionproceeding from the barrel of a gunbetray the gracious Christ;the fear of might and moneybreed Terror.Innocents of Palestine,Arab and Jewbleed from the bombs and gunsthat violence deploys;the flash of gunfirerapes the night’s tranquility over Baghdad;the mothers of Breslan weep for their childrenand will not be comforted.Meanwhile there’s far within;as each of us grows oldblack crows of death and diseasedarken our days.Come Love anewlet the angels’ songcounterpoint our tearsand lace the clouds with glory.Give us an unambiguous blessingby the Birthto paint a rainbowabove our hearts’ distress.With love and prayers for Light to overcomethe current darkness, political, ecclesiastical and personal.
Today is the Feast of La Virgen de Guadalupe. I share a stylized image from a photo that I took in the National Shrine in Washington, DC, and I had to include a YouTube video of the people in the cathedral in Mexico City singing “Las Mañitas,” which is traditionally sung in la madrugada (early in the morning). After all, the words, “Despierta, Madre, despierta” are meant to awaken her! The processions, the prayers, and the Mass are also customarily followed with tamales and champurado (a very special chocolate drink)!
¡Con mucho gusto!
And the lyrics to the song are:
Estas son las mañanitas, que cantaba el Rey David,
Hoy por ser día de tu santo, te las cantamos a ti,
Despierta, Madre, despierta, mira que ya amaneció,
Ya los pajarillos cantan, la luna ya se metió.
Que linda está la mañana en que vengo a saludarte,
Venimos todos con gusto y placer a felicitarte,
Ya viene amaneciendo, ya la luz del día nos dio,
Levántate de mañana, mira que ya amaneció.