Winter Voices

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What images does Winter hold for you? . . . short days; darkness; staying indoors; lights and shopping . . .

“Every year at just this time,
In cold and dark December,
Families around the world
All gather to remember,
With presents and with parties,
With feasting and with fun,
Customs and traditions
for people old and young.”
– Helen H. Moore

What does Christmas mean for you?

Work of Christmas Begins
When the song of the angels is stilled,
when the star in the sky is gone,
when the kings and princes are home,
when the shepherds are back with the flocks,
then the work of Christmas begins:
to find the lost,
to heal those broken in spirit,
to feed the hungry,
to release the oppressed,
to rebuild the nations,
to bring peace among all peoples,
to make a little music with the heart . . . And to radiate the Light of Christ,
every day, in every way, in all that we do and in all that we say.
Then the work of Christmas begins.
– Howard Thurman, adapted

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Winter Tree
Tree,
with thy twining, twisting fingers,
thinkest thou to touch the unfathomable height?
Thine is a seeking like to that which lingers,
clings in my own heart
on hearing the sea’s might crying and sounding,
clashing deep below
in the dark caves misted to grey.
What is it that we seek?
I do not know
what brings the vibrant longings into play, –
Yet see,
on thy fingertips fresh green leaves grow:
that which we seek is not so far,
not so ….
– Gerald O’Mahony SJ circa 1954

In these bare, dark times that we all experience can we find a chink of light to help us take a step of hope into the future?