“For Behold, darkness shall cover the earth, and gross darkness the people; but the Lord shall rise upon thee, and His glory shall be seen upon thee, and the Gentiles shall come to thy light, and kings to the brightness of thy rising.” –Handel’s Messiah (from Isaiah, chapter 60) “Immensity, cloister’d in thy dear womb, [Read More…]

Because I love Jesus so much…

We’re talking about Christmas songs at the lunch table. I say, “My favorite song is ‘Silent Night’. I like to sing it when it’s Christmas Eve and the church is dark except for all the candles glowing in every person’s hands.” “I don’t like that song.” My three-year-old says. “But it’s really beautiful.” “Hmmmm.” He [Read More…]

Pancakes, baby kindness, cards addressed, Mary ‘[curled] in a brown pod’

And the list goes on… Listening to Chris Hohorst (Chris Hohorst!) making up a song with August at bedtime: “I’m in the nook! I’m in the reading nook!” How my baby holds his blankey to my face or his pacifier to my mouth…sharing what he loves most with his mama. (Oh, and “MahMahMahMah,” he says.) [Read More…]

{Family and the Christian Year} St. Nicholas Day and New Traditions

Artist: Elisabeth Jvanovsky Every once in a while around here I’m going to be discussing the attempts we’re making as a family to engage with the Church calendar. Being no expert in feast days and the like, I’ll be fumbling through this with you. I told you before how challenged I was by the talk [Read More…]

The Lord is With Thee

The Lord is With Thee  -from the Gospel of Luke, Chapter 1 They hail me Mary, full of grace. They bless me: brave, obedient—holy. What would you have said to the twelve-foot, light-soaked man, a gold flecked tower whose honey lips spoke your name? I said Yes. Then ran, traveled days, silent, hungry, purging in [Read More…]

Advent Thankful

A Thankful Tuesday List: Two candles lit on the Advent wreath. Quiet morning coffee in the light of the Christmas tree. The Playmobile Nativity Mary and Lightning McQueen going for a ride in the Spy Plane together. My four Pandora stations that basically tell you everything you need to know about me: Dave Barnes Holiday, [Read More…]