Quote of the Day:
I can’t decide whether to go to heaven for the climate, or hell for the company!
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.