A Christmas Poem (written December 2006)

A season returns with a promise of hope - A promise made to man by his Maker. Behold, to us is sent a King for all ages, And to Him be glory and praise forever. From His glorious throne in Heaven’s heights God gazed down upon the world of His making. In sorrow He saw the dismay and discord, The agony over which His heart was breaking. And so, in the gentlest peace of His mind, The Father called on His Son, the Begotten: “Beloved, to them do I send you this hour, To restore them to a life they’ve long forgotten.” The Son, ever obedient to His Father, Agreed without the slightest pause. And thus in the purest womb of Mary God’s seed was planted with noblest cause. Opening herself to the will o


As noted Catholic author and speaker Matthew Kelly has emphasized, “Simplicity is the key to perfection.” I tend to focus on God and only notice his bigness. I pay attention to his power, his glory, his majesty. But the paradox is that God is as simple as he is complex, as small as he is big. God cares about saints and sinners at all times and places, and he calls us all to be humble. Prayer often leads me to consider how much I really need in life. What are “needs” and what are mere “wants”? Am I called to a radical poverty or can I be poor in spirit while also a millionaire? These questions can be real stumbling blocks for us. How do I know the answer? How do I live each day knowing that t