Monthly Archives: December 2012

Not So New Year

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A Christmas Meditation

Slowly, imperceptibly, almost without notice, a quiet descends.  Shepherds gone back to their fields, angels home to realms of glory.  Even the animals have stilled their voices. Dawn breaks.  Ray by ray the light begins to fill the sky. In … Continue reading

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Of Mothers and Mothers-to-Be

Two mothers-to-be meet at the door of a house in a small Judean town not far from Jerusalem.  One young, engaged but not yet married.  The other far past her prime child-bearing years.  Both know disgrace and, I suspect, despair. … Continue reading

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Images of Christmas

Each year at this time I find myself returning to the words of Howard Thurman.    I thumb through my now dog-eared copy of The Mood of Christmas hoping for inspiration.  This year, remembering the children of Newtown and all … Continue reading

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In the Face of Tragedy

The fire is blazing.  The room is quiet.  The view out the window peaceful and serene—a broad valley filled with vineyards and behind the valley, mountains rising in the fog.  Yet I am moved to cry with the prophet Jeremiah, … Continue reading

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Hallowing

Who are you, Guadalupe? Who are you to me? And who are you to us? Legend has you coming to the poor peasant Juan Diego. Accompanied by heavenly song, You meet him on the desert mountain they call Tepeyac. You … Continue reading

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Friday Five: Western Woman

“In what era would you most like to have grown up, and what would be your occupation?” is the question of the day.   I didn’t hesitate on this question.  The answer came before I could even blink an eye. … Continue reading

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