Sunday, December 21, 2014

O Radiant Dawn


December 21 - O radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come and shine on those who dwell in darkness and in the shadow of death.

Photo: Mary, Did you know...


Poem: "Christmas blessing" by Joyce Rupp

May you give and receive love generously.
May this love echo in your heart like
the joy of church bells on a clear December day.

May each person who comes into your life
be greeted as another Christ.
May the honor given the Babe of Bethlehem
be that which you extend to every guest who enters your presence.

May the hope of this sacred season settle in your soul.
May it be a foundation of courage for you
when times of distress occupy your inner land.

May the wonder and awe that fills the eyes of children
be awakened within you.
May it lead you to renewed awareness and appreciation
of whatever you too easily take for granted.

May the bonds of love for one another be strengthened
as you gather around the table of festivity and nourishment.

May you keep your eye on the Star within you and trust
this Luminescent Presence to guide and direct you each day.

May you go often to the Bethlehem of your heart
and visit the One who offers you peace.

May you bring this peace into our world

Tips from the Tree Top #26

Find a way of reaching out to others who are hurting this Christmas. Visit someone in prison or a nursing home. Deliver food baskets to the hungry. Welcome someone who is alone into your home.

Saturday, December 20, 2014

Photo: Brighter Lights


O Key of David


December 20 - O key of David, opening the gates of God's eternal kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness.

Prayer: Abbott Gilbert of Hoyland

When, good Lord, will you manifest yourself to us in bright sunshine? Yes, we are slow to understand and slow to see, but we are quick to believe, and we believe that if you chose to reveal yourself to us, you could do so this very day. O Lord, please appear to us, at dawn or at dusk or at the height of the day. Come to our table at mealtimes, that we may share our meals with you. Come to our bed, that we may share our rest with you. Come to us at our prayers, that we may rejoice and be glad.

Tips from the Tree Top #25

If you are hurt or alone this Christmas, know that you are not alone. To be fully alive means that we will sometimes feel great pain. You share a sacred bond with others who are hurting. You are connected with humanity.

Friday, December 19, 2014

O root of Jesse's Stem


December 19 - O root of Jesse's stem, sign of God's love for all the people: come to save us without delay!

Prayer: Francis Xavier,S.J.

O God of all the nations, remember the multitudes who, though created in your image, have not known you, nor the dying of your Son, Jesus Christ. Grant that, by the prayers and labors of your church, they may be  brought to worship you, through him whom you have sent to be the resurrection and the life of all people, your Son Jesus Christ.