Monthly Archives: December 2007

Books read 2007. 3

I will never have another year like this. But it sure was fun while it lasted. January 1. The Dark is Rising by Susan Cooper (f) 2. Forever in Blue: The Fourth Summer of the Sisterhood by Ann Brashares (f) 3. Passion by Jude Morgan (f) 4. Greenwitch by Susan Cooper (f) 5. The Grey […]

The Light of the World: The Life of Jesus for Children by Katherine Paterson, illustrations by Francois Roca 3

I don’t usually count picture books in my total, nor do I usually write them up, but I thought I’d make an exception for this one. I read about this book on Cheryl Klein’s blog, where she talked about how the book came to be. I liked the way that she talked about the way […]

The Invention of Hugo Cabret by Brian Selznick 0

I was hesitant to start this book for a few reasons. First, Mike told me I should read it, and I don’t like to read books that I “should” read. Which is fairly ridiculous, because I tell Mike to read books all the time (speaking of that, Mike, if you are reading this, WHY ARE […]

For once, thank you, Amazon.com recommendations. 9

What is this?! Amazon.com NEVER actually recommends something I would like to purchase. Until now.

Because Dwight photos never get old. 4

My dad would always change this “NOEL” to “EL NO,” so my mom set it up that way for him this year. Dwight approves. For some reason, this one makes me laugh a lot. I think it’s the look on Dwight’s face (which makes no sense . . . he has the same look in […]

This only serves to confirm my suspicion. 4

(That I’m still a man in need of a savior.) I happen to be a fairly capable person. I can do things and take care of things and figure things out. Sometimes I want to play the princess, to be rescued, but I am more likely to be in the midst of figuring out the […]

And he carries the reminders. 0

Then I’m laying out my winter clothes And wishing I was gone Going home Where the New York City winters aren’t bleeding me, Leading me, going home. In the clearing stands a boxer And a fighter by his trade And he carries the reminders Of every glove that laid him down Or cut him till […]

Most Amazing Word. 0

Thank you, God, for being born, You who first invented birth (Universe, galaxies, the earth). When your world was tired & worn You came laughing on the morn. Thank you, most amazing Word For your silence in the womb Where there was so little room Yet the still small voice was heard Throughout a planet […]

The Bethlehem explosion. 0

The inn was full. When Joseph knocked, his wife was already in labour; there was no room even for compassion. Until the barn was offered. That was the precipitating factor. A child was born, and the pattern changed forever, the cosmos shaken with that silent explosion. -Madeleine L’Engle — It is happening now. It is […]

O Oriens. 0

O come, O come Emmanuel within this fragile vessel here to dwell. O Child conceived by heaven’s power give me thy strength: it is the hour. O come, thou Wisdom from on high; like any babe at life you cry; for me, like any mother, birth was hard, O light of earth. O come, O […]

Solstice. 1

Winter solstice, when the sun seems to stand still in heaven, watching for the Baby to be born. -Luci Shaw — “Stopping by Woods on a Snowy Evening” Whose woods these are I think I know. His house is in the village, though; He will not see me stopping here To watch his woods fill […]

Magnum Mysterium. 0

Last night at a Christmas festival, I heard a choir sing, in Latin, Gabrielli’s O Magnum Mysterium: “O greatest of mysteries and O most wonderful sacrament, Jesus lying there in the manger for all creatures to gaze upon. O blessed virgin, whose womb was deemed worthy of bearing Christ, the Lord Jesus. Alleluia!” An intense […]

Take Joy! 0

I salute you! There is nothing I can give you which you have not; but there is much, that while I cannot give, you can take. No heaven can come to us unless our hearts find rest in it today. Take Heaven. No peace lies in the future which is not hidden in this present […]

Young Mary. 1

I know not all of that which I contain. I’m small; I’m young; I fear the pain. All is surprise: I am to be a mother. That Holy Thing within me and no other is Heaven’s King whose lovely Love will reign. My pain, his gaining my eternal gain my fragile body holds Creation’s Light; […]

The adoration of the Magi. 0

Very different from the simple shepherds were the wise men who came from three different parts of the globe, a long journey that must have taken them well over a year. They were serious scholars who studied the heavens and the movement of the heavenly bodies. They were both astronomers and astrologers, and we have […]

Something other than Advent thoughts. Because I like to keep the customers satisfied. 7

What’s that? You would like to hear things from me other than Advent thoughts? You are sick of the Advent thoughts? You mean they’re just like my book reviews that no one reads? What do you people want from me? I can’t be funny all the time. (Well, I mean, I can, but you’re so […]

Glorious Impossibles. 0

And the angel told her, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High shall overshadow you. And the Holy Thing which shall be born of you shall be called the Son of God.” What an amazing, what an impossible message the angel brought to a young girl! But Mary […]

A time of hope. 1

Cribb’d, cabined, and confined within the contours of a human infant. The infinite defined by the finite? The Creator of all life thirsty and abandoned? Why would he do such a thing? Aren’t there easier and better ways for God to redeem his fallen creatures? And what good did it all do? The heart of […]

An incarnational event. 0

Obedience is an unpopular word nowadays, but the artist must be obedient to the work, whether it be a symphony, a painting, or a story for a small child. I believe that each work of art, whether it is a work of great genius, or something very small, comes to the artist and says, “Here […]

O Sapientia. 1

It was from Joseph first I learned of love. Like me he was dismayed. How easily he could have turned me from his house; but, unafraid, he put me not away from him (O God-sent angel, pray for him). Thus through his love was Love obeyed. The Child’s first cry came like a bell: God’s […]