“The best and most beautiful things in the world cannot be seen or even touched—they must be felt with the heart” (Helen Keller). In the northern hemisphere, our thoughts of January are often that it is stark, cold and dark. Yet those very ideas can help us to appreciate the beauty of creation. January is the polar opposite of the lush, green, bright summer months. Yet, how would we appreciate these if we didn’t have the contrast of January? January also offers us the opportunity to trust. There is little sign of growth in nature, but past experience tells us that that the green shoots will rise up in the spring; God will make sure that the days lengthen and that the buried green blade rises. January tells us to trust that the seeds of faith buried in our hearts will blossom, that however dark things may seem, there is hope.
By Karen Rose, OSB