Among the several important celebrations of December, the winter solstice on the 21st is one of worldwide recognition. Light slowly grows from this day on as darkness lessens. A new year welcomes us as we greet the light, the dawn of new life. It is a time of great joy. Though winter is fully upon us with its snow and ice, we gather together to acknowledge the Divine Light that penetrates the world. On December 25, we pray for a gentle heart like that of the Child in the Manger whose light shimmers across time and space calling us to a transcendent love that can penetrate even the darkest days. So we are grateful to shed the tattered skins of yesteryear and put on the shining bright robes of the winter holidays; to dance and sing and make merry with all creation.
By Owen Lindblad, OSB