A Virgin A Day: L’Innocence by Bouguereau/Feast of Guadalupe
When the white stars talk together like sisters
And when the winter hills
Raise their grand semblance in the freezing night,
Somewhere one window
Bleeds like the brown eye of an open force.
White stars that stand above the eastern stable.
Look down and offer Him.
The dim adoring light of your belief.
Whose small Heart bleeds with infinite fire.
Shall not this Child
(When we shall hear the bells of His amazing voice)
Conquer the winter of our hateful century?
And when His Lady Mother leans upon the crib,
Lo, with what rapiers
Those two loves fence and flame their brillancy!
Here in this straw lie planned the fires
That will melt all our sufferings:
He is our Lamb, our holocaust!
And one by one the shepherds, with their snowy feet,
Stamp and shake out their hats upon the stable dirt,
And one by one kneel down to look upon their Life.
(Happy Christmastide Everyone)
Thomas Merton (1915-1968), Trappist monk and priest is recognized as one of the major spiritual fathers of our times. His longing for silence and solitude, his contemplative vision, his engagement with need for world peace through inner life of the spirit, his journey across religious traditions, cultures and disciplines, make him a man for all times but especially for our own. Thomas Merton expressed this vision in his poetry, novels, essays, devotionals, and autobiographical writings.
Our Lady of Guadalupe on Her Feast Day
HAPPY FEAST OF OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE! PATRONESS OF THE AMERICAS!
HAPPY FEAST DAY DEAR LADY AND BLESSINGS TO ALL!
My deepest gratitude and appreciation to Rebecca of Recuerda mi Corazon for creating this wonderful project and bringing all of us together near and far to connect through our love and interest in Mary and Our Lady of Guadalupe. I shall miss this project, and I am glad to have made such dear friends . I thank Rebecca and Mother Mary for that!
For our Last Virgin Sightings on this Feast of Guadalupe go to recuerda mi corazon!