“Childbirth: Mary’s Way!”

Quote of the Day:

I can’t decide whether to go to heaven for the climate, or hell for the company!


Today’s Meditation:

 The Nativity, 3rd Joy of Mary (Luke 2:1–7) 
While the holy family were there, Mary gave birth to her firstborn son, Jesus. Mary wrapped Jesus in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger. 


I remember the births of all four of my boys: the apprehension, fear, excitement, joy, concern, exhaustion – the list can go on for a long time.  All my children were born in a bright, aseptic, well-organized, hospital room designed solely for the purpose of bringing life into the world in a safe way.

Now picture the same delivery in a cold, damp, dank, cave littered with straw and hay, mud and dirt, and feces from all the animals kept in it.  If the holy family were lucky enough to have a fire for heat, then they had to deal with smoke, and embers drifting lazily in the air.  There were no doctors or tools; no medications to dull the pain; and not even a bed to give a little comfort to Mary during this trial of pain. 

After Mary gave birth to a ‘King”, she wrapped him snugly in linens and laid Him in a manager – a bowl hewed out of the rock in the cave, for feeding the animals.  Jesus came into this world in a cave, and laid in a carved out rock.  After His crucifixion, Jesus was again laid in a carved out rock – a cave for burial.  Jesus now feeds us with His body and blood in the Eucharist; the food we need for eternal life with Him in heaven.

Pax et Bonum

Dan Halley, SFO


Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule # 16:

Let them esteem work both as a gift and as a sharing in the creation, redemption, and service of the human community.


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