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Sunrise, sunset

Sorry I have not been around. It has been the holiday of sickness at our house! I hope that everyone has had peaceful and happy times, and healthy ones as well.

This post over at Inward/Outward got me thinking about this past year. As I am still not 100% healthy, my head is a bit clogged, both literally and figuratively, but I am thinking about this past year and what it has brought. I am also thinking about how the questions are often more important than the answers.

Where will the road lead us?

At 55, I am sharply aware Continue reading

So sorry, no song, just sick

I am so sorry; I have been sick and I did not select a song for today. We will be back soon!

Monday Musing – Christmas Eve Edition

730541-NO-ROOM-AT-THE-INN-CARDTypically these posts are done ahead of time and I have them on a scheduler that uses a timer.  But today I woke up really early, after going to bed pretty early, and while I was praying I read something that got me thinking. Now I can’t shake the thought – how often have I communicated that there is “no room at the inn?”

As you can imagine, things have been busy in the parish office. Regrettably, sometimes I let it get the better of me. Someone called on Friday afternoon when I was trying to finish up and get home. Add to that, three phones were ringing at once and I let them get the better of me too. The third call was from a familiar parishioner and I was harried and probably very rude to her.

Today I am reminded, as we all are, that all guests should be welcomed as Christ. (See Chapter 35 in the Rule of St. Benedict for a direct quotation.) I take that pretty seriously in the parish office – and in life, I hope. Sometimes I fall short and Friday was one of those days.

2000 years ago, give or take, an innkeeper, very harried on a busy and overcrowded night, told some prospective guests that there was no room for them at his inn.  We see how that worked out! Now his busy brush-off may not have been intentional. And goodness knows when things are full, they are full…. right?

All of this is a reminder that we must stop, look, and listen. (The link takes you to a beautiful post by my friend Michelle Francl-Donnay, on paying attention to radiant dawn and other things.) We must be attentive and we must be responsive in the context of our attentiveness. For me, that might mean letting one phone ring and go to voicemail, knowing that God is taking of everything, and pay attention to the person I am speaking with. For me, that is very hard to do – and in my good intention of trying to take care of everyone at once, I take care of no one.

So what can we do to welcome the Child who is about to be born? The Child who is born in us, over and over again? Perhaps those three things that Michelle reminded me of in her post, those words from my childhood, to “stop, look and listen.

If I stop, I might be more centered and more attentive, more aware, and more welcoming. If I look, I may see who is before me at all times, no matter how I feel – and then be more welcoming. And if I listen, I will hear the call, the call that should bring me to attention and not to frustration – and then be more welcoming.

Perhaps today we are all the innkeeper, in our various ways. What innkeeper will we be – the welcoming one or the the one who shuts the door?

O Antiphons – O Emmanuel

O_Emmanuel

O Antiphons – O Rex Gentium

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O King of the nations, and their desire,
the cornerstone making both one:
Come and save the human race,
which you fashioned from clay.

Saturday Song – Special Edition

This song, The Friendly Beasts is from Michael Iafrate, who I know via social media. He is a young Catholic theologian, musician,and father who lives in West Virginia. If you like this music, you can purchase a download directly from this website.  Here’s the best part… Your purchase will be contributed to the Catholic Peace Fellowship. This is a good cause at any time, but especially now, when they are really in need of donations.

O Antiphon – O Oriens

O_OriensYesterday I had a moment of spontaneous prayer-writing as I prepared the O Clavis David post. The words that came to me were:

We await the dawn, the coming of the Son of Justice, opening the door to lead us out of darkness and into the light!

Today we have the O Antiphon in which that door opens – O Oriens! Or O Rising Sun! This is why I always stand in awe of how the Holy Spirit works. While it was not my intention to connect one day to the next in quite that way, as usual, God has other plans. Better ones than we have.

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