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CHRISTMAS REFLECTION: This Is Truly Peace by John Donne

January 3, 2019

From The Showing Forth of Christ The whole life of Christ was a continual passion; others die martyrs but Christ was born a martyr.  He found a Golgotha (where he was crucified) even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after and the manger as uneasy at first as his cross at last.  His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas Day and his Good Friday are but the evening and the morning of one and the same day.  And as even his birth is his death, so every action and passage that manifests Christ to us is his birth. Every manifestation of Christ to the world, to the church, to a particular soul, is an Epiphany, a Christmas Day.  Now there is [...]

THE CHURCH YEAR: Candlemas/Presentation Of The Lord by Kathleen Norris

February 3, 2014

From The Cloister Walk And Simeon blessed them and said to Mary, his mother, “Behold the child is destined for the fall and rise of many in Israel, and to be a sign that will be contradicted (and you yourself a sword will pierce) so that the thoughts of many hearts will be revealed.” (Luke 2:34-35) The darkness is still with us, O Lord.  You are still hidden and the world which you have made does not want to know you or receive you.  You are still the hidden child in a world grown old.  You are still obscured by the veils of this world’s history, you are still destined not to be acknowledged in the scandal of your death on the cross.  But I, O hidden Lord of all things, boldly affirm my faith in you.  In confessing [...]

CHRISTMAS MEDITATION: The Showing Forth Of Christ by John Donne

January 6, 2013

Lord, now lettest thou thy servant depart in peace, according to thy word: for my eyes have seen thy salvation. (Luke 2:29-30) The whole life of Christ was a continual Passion; others die martyrs but Christ was born a martyr.  He found a Golgotha, where he was crucified, even in Bethlehem, where he was born; for to his tenderness then the straws were almost as sharp as the thorns after, and the manger as uneasy at first as the cross at last.  His birth and his death were but one continual act, and his Christmas day and his Good Friday are but the evening and morning of the same day.  And as even his birth is his death, so every action and passage that manifests Christ to us is his birth, for Epiphany is manifestation.  Every [...]