“Long lay the world in sin and error pining, til He appeared and the soul felt its worth.”
Christmas blessings to all! The famous Christmas song, “O Holy Night” contains one of my favorite lines that beautifully reminds us of God’s infinite love and mercy! Looking beyond the uncertainty, sadness, division and strife of 2020, we turn our hearts to a simple (probably smelly) stable, on a cold Winter’s night, to find the ONE who comes to bring us HOPE, PEACE, JOY and everlasting LOVE! They call Him Wonder-Counselor, God-Hero, Father-Forever, Prince of Peace! My prayer for each of us this Christmas is that we turn away from anything that keeps us from knowing and loving our Savior! Whether it be sin, sadness, fear, division or unforgiveness,
let us turn our hearts to Almighty God in praise and thanksgiving for the Word Incarnate, our Savior, Who has come to renew the face of the earth!! Today, tomorrow and always, He is the answer to all that ails us! Amidst worldly sin and error pining, He appeared, so our souls would know their worth! As we celebrate the octave of Christmas and the Feast of the Holy Family, may your soul know its infinite worth and seek to imitate the beautiful fiat exhibited by St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin Mary. Their “YES!” changed the course of history for all eternity!
Please enjoy this beautiful poem written by a dear friend. It serves as yet another expression of how much God truly loves us…enough to send His only Son!
Can You Hear This Baby Cry?
The Father sent His own true Son to be born of Mary’s womb
and yet as Joseph and Mary searched for this Child there was no room
How can this be, dear Joseph thought, “No room for Yahweh’s son?” Dismayed and sad, he tried again and finally just this one
A drafty damp and smelly stable where sheep and mules abide
As Joseph looked with love at Mary, he wanted to give up and cry
I know God will take care of you, after all it is His Son. But deep inside anxiety grew for her time had finally come
So tired and so weary now, concern showing on Her face.
She looks about in disbelief, “Can this stable be my birthing place?”
Amidst the odor and the cold was born the King of Kings, snuggled in His Mother’s arms for warmth against the winds
This little tiny Holy Child was truly, “God Most High.”
How could His Mother comprehend that for the world, He would die?
I shall name this child “Jesus,” Joseph was heard to say. His heart swelled for love of Mary as she laid Him in the hay
This newborn infant baby boy who was born of Mary’s flesh had His little Sacred Heart tucked in His tiny chest
Oh, can you see Him yawning now or stretching in the manger? This tiny boy of Mary’s, this tiny little stranger
This little baby Jesus with His charismatic heart, had no place to rest His head right from the very start
Mary kissed His outstretched Hands And caressed His little feet
Being unaware of course,That nails would pass through each
This warm and tender baby boy so flawless and unmarred would one day hang upon a cross, bloody, pain-racked and scarred
Can you hear this baby cry? He cries for you and I
For all the sins we will commit For you and I, He’ll die
He will do it so each of us will live Forever, through His birth. So, we will never forget what each of us is worth!
Colleen M. Donohoe grew up as a cradle Catholic attending Catholic elementary and high school just North of Boston! Among her many role models in the faith are her beloved parents who this year celebrate 64 years of marriage! Colleen’s older brother, Stephen Donohoe, is an Archdiocesan priest serving as Pastor at St. Catherine of Siena Parish in Norwood, MA. Colleen answered God’s call to serve the Church in a variety of ways over the past 23 years but primarily in service to God as an educator in many Catholic schools throughout the Archdiocese of Boston. After spending many years in the classroom as a theology teacher and campus minister, she currently serves as the Associate Superintendent of Catholic Identity and Respect Life Educator for the Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Schools Office. In addition, Colleen is the Boston area scheduling coordinator for international chastity and theology of the body speakers. Colleen holds a Bachelor of Science degree in Education from Salem State College and a Master of Arts Degree in Theology and Ministry from St. John’s Seminary Theological Institute in Boston.