poetry, Wordle

Wordle Making Christmas Great Again

A Wordle Challenge below asks the use of at least 10 of the words suggested to create a story or poem.  To see the words or join in on the fun click here.

My creation is in the form of Etheree Poetry below; enjoy and Merry Christmas!

Bring
Yuletide
Celebrate
Christ is present —
Decorate your tree
The Herald of angels
Signal the holiday signs;
Santa, mistletoe, elves, raindeers —
Everyone here tastes of our pudding
Gifts in your stocking because of Christmas

 

 

 

Ah! Another Challenge, poetry, Word Prompts

Secrecy of Symbolism — Prefigurement

This post today encouraged by Weekly Writing Challenge composed by me, below.

My inspiration wrote in Haibun poetry with Haiku at the end.  The rich symbolism of words, especially when one looks deeply into Biblical teachings and the teachings of the Catholic Church.  The challenge this week by “Weekly Writing” calls for 5 prompt words to be used, prompt words below are underlined.

+++

Tabern

 

Consider when the Divine King, Jesus was born, and placed in a manger. A spot where food is set to feed animals. This rough trough became His first bed. “And this shall be a sign unto you. You shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger.” [Luke 2:12] “SEEK AND YOU SHALL FIND.”
Now recognize this and grow in grace; the symbolism of this is profound!
Many time the faithful being described as His sheep. Continue to read …
“He said to him the third time: Simon, son of John, lovest thou me? Peter was grieved because he had said to him the third time: Lovest thou me? And he said to him: Lord, thou knowest all things: thou knowest that I love thee. He said to him: Feed my sheep.” [John 21:17]

As it has always been stated in the glowing Catechism of the Catholic church, whenever a priest has appropriately been ordained a priest in the old rite of ordination without changes, it has been given to him from God above the power to consecrate the bread and wine into the True Body and True Blood of Jesus Christ. “If any man eats of this bread, he shall live forever; and the bread that I will give, is my flesh, for the life of the world.”[John 6:52] Not dead flesh but the Living Flesh of Jesus Christ, also known as the Eucharist.

Laid in a manger
Food for our souls — as promised
God can do all things

Rich symbolism becomes this manger where the newborn Baby Jesus laid on that first Christmas. “And they came with haste, and they found Mary and Joseph, and the infant lying in the manger.” [Luke 2:16] That first Christmas so long ago, meaning Christ Mass. The word for Christmas in late Old English is Cristes Maesse, the Mass of Christ, first found in 1038, and Cristes-messe, in 1131.

Uncategorized

The Fourth Wise Man

 

You are that fourth Wise Man, your destiny is to seek Him.  Yet this short note just before Christmas is about the prayer we know as The Magnificat.  The Magnificat also a perfect Christmas prayer as you know when you meditate on the words.   I begged God for a better understanding of it. Perhaps it was an inspiration or just a coincidence for that evening I tuned into a movie on youtube titled “The Fourth Wise Man.”

I was thinking that day about the words contained within the prayer The Magnificat, “He has scattered the proud in the conceit of their hearts. He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has exalted the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.”
While watching the story on youtube, which is about a particular young man who sold all his possessions for a purse filled with gems. His plan was to present these jewels to the King he was seeking. He set out to meet up with the other three kings but missed them. Always a day late and he could never catch up. His journey turned into years of searching for the baby born in Bethlehem yet; he found himself always behind the footsteps of the Holy Family. As the years went by and realizing the Child had grown, he searched among the rich and powerful thinking; this is where his King would be. Finally meeting up with someone with knowledge of the whereabouts of Jesus, he was told to seek Him among the poor. “The poor!” he exclaimed, why the poor he thought. Was He not a King? He wondered.
The words of the Magnificat suddenly had new meaning for me. A little light lite up and the words of the Magnificat came together in my heart; it was His gift of grace that filled the poor and had exalted them, while the rich were sent away because of their pride.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Uncategorized

SILVER or GOLD?

All I want for Christmas is …
We hear a lot of that about this time of the year, “What are you hoping to get from Santa? What do you want? I hope I get this or maybe that!”
Instead of thinking about what we want, let’s consider what we need. “Want” as defined as a desire for something; “Need” as defined as requirement, essential, necessity. There is a difference in the meaning. The things we want today, are usually tossed in the corner tomorrow, but the things we need will be appreciated sooner or later.
One valuable Christmas suggestion would be GOLD!
I remember learning in school that a Mass offered for your loved one after death is like giving them SILVER, but a Mass provided while they are living is like giving them GOLD. It is worth so much more than just gold if we only knew.
We all need to save our soul, give the gift that will last forever, have a Mass offered for your loved one. They may not want it today, but they will need it for tomorrow and ever after.
When a priest offers Holy Mass, he has three intentions: First, to pray the Mass reverently and validly. Second, to offer the Mass in union with and for the good of the whole Church. Third, to offer the Mass for a particular intention. We find the origins of this practice dating back to the early Church with Mass intentions pleading for a soul buried there inscribed on tombs in Roman catacombs.
GIVE YOUR LOVED ONE A MIRACLE!

ChristmasCardHere we read in Mirae Caritatis ENCYCLICAL OF POPE LEO XIII:
“In every place there is a sacrifice, and there is offered to My name a pure oblation” (Mal. i., II). And this miracle, itself the very greatest of its kind, is accompanied by innumerable other miracles; for here all the laws of nature are suspended; the whole substance of the bread and wine are changed into the Body and the Blood; the species of bread and wine are sustained by the divine power without the support of any underlying substance; the Body of Christ is present in many places at the same time, that is to say, wherever the Sacrament is consecrated. And in order that human reason may the more willingly pay its homage to this great mystery, there have not been wanting, as an aid to faith, certain prodigies wrought in His honour, both in ancient times and in our own, of which in more than one place there exist public and notable records and memorials. It is plain that by this Sacrament faith is fed, in it, the mind finds its nourishment, the objections of rationalists are brought to naught, and abundant light is thrown on the supernatural order.

Uncategorized

His Summons

BELL

No room the Inn Keeper cries!

Words of His people, people He came to Redeem. If they knew then, and if only we can realize NOW as we continue to voice, “NO ROOM.”

He continues to call us to Him; He summons us. Do you hear the sanctuary bell ringing?

He says one word, “COME.”

Sweet Jesus! What is there that Thou could have done for us which Thou hast not done?

Uncategorized

That Void Within Us

The holy season of Christmas is upon us, but first, there is Advent.
Advent a time for preparation; think of it as parents preparing for their new baby, the Christ Child, our Child. The world slept and was unaware of His miraculous birth of the much waited Redeemer so long ago, but today we know! We realize who He Is and was born that first Christmas Day? Therefore we have more of an obligation to prepare this Advent. We read in the Gospel of Luke 12; 47-48 “And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. [48] But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.”

 Blogimage.jpg

Let’s begin! Let’s Stop, Look and Listen! Stop and look into our soul, do you feel that void? We all have that void something is missing! Now listen, hear that whisper. Listen it’s your guardian angel.

Stop again and think about the purpose of life a lesson today, forgotten. Knowing, Loving and Serving God is our purpose of our life and the key to once and all fill that empty void.

How to Know Him; just pick up and hold that crucifix into your hands, feel the suffering and you will begin to Know Him.
This precious Baby born to us, is now dying on the Cross and for what reason? Ask yourself, why did the Second person (the Word) who was perfectly happy with The First and Third Persons in heaven take Flesh, consent to being born in poverty, on that first Christmas that we are about to remember?

He didn’t have to suffer for us, He could have just willed the gates of heaven to open, and by His, Will could have saved us, but would we appreciate that! No! But, wait! Do we today understand His passion realizing there isn’t any cross that you have endued that He did not take up Himself. Think of this and you will Love Him.

Serve Him this Christmas, make a proper preparation for the newborn King, make Him the King of your family. Teach your children it is NOT all about the presents, but it is all about His PRESENCE.

A reblog

REMINDER … A Catholic Tradition

Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the
“Hail and blessed be prayer” is to be recited fifteen times a day until Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the purest Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

ABOUT ST. ANDREW

St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida, a town in
Galilee, upon the banks of the Lake of Genesareth. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman of that town, and brother to Simon Peter. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. One day while with St. John the Baptist and seeing Jesus pass by after St. Andrew was baptized he heard the words: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
By it he clearly learned that Jesus was the Messias and the redeemer of the world, and resolved from that moment to follow Him: St. Andrew was the first of His disciples, and therefore is styled by the Greeks the Protoclet, or First Called. St. Andrew then brought his brother then Simon to Christ.

It is agreed that later after serving his Master, St. Andrew laid down his life for Christ at Patrae in Achaia. According to this vintage writing of the Lives of the Saints, he was crucified on an Olive Tree. It is also said that he cried out; “Hail precious cross, that hast been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with His limbs as with rich jewels. – I come to Thee exulting and glad; receive me with joy into Thy arms. O good cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord’s limbs; I have ardently loved Thee. Long have I desired and sought Thee: now Thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul: receive me into Thy arms, taking me from among men, and present me to my Master; that He who redeemed me on Thee, may receive me by Thee.”