The thrones of the arrogant God overturns and establishes the lowly in their place; the roots of the proud God plucks up, to plant the humble in their place. Sirach 10:14
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Into this world, this demented inn,
in which there is absolutely no room for him at all,
Christ has come uninvited.
But because he cannot be at home in it,
because he is out of place in it,
his place is with those others for whom there is no room.
His place is with those who do not belong,
who are rejected by power because they are regarded as weak,
those who are discredited,
who are denied the status of persons,
who are tortured, bombed, and exterminated.
With those for whom there seems to be nothing
but the world at its worst,
Christ is mysteriously present.
With these he conceals himself,
In these he hides himself,
for whom there is no room.
---- Thomas Merton
On this holy celebration of the Nativity of our Lord Jesus Christ,
let us pray for an increase in justice and peace on earth.
Robert Waldrop, Justpeace webservant.
My Christmas letter will be posted on this page sometime on the 26th, in the meantime, here are some seasonal meditations.
The God in the Cave, by G.K. Chesterton
Sermon on the Nativity, by St. Augustine
Advent and Christmas Reflections, many links from Catholic Information Network
Advent 1998 and a wreath of blessed candles from Justpeace.
Front Page edition of December 16 - 29, Part I
My son, rob not the poor man of his livelihood, force not the eyes of the needy to turn away.
A hungry man grieve not, a needy man anger not; do not exasperate the downtrodden;
delay not to give to the needy. A beggar in distress do not reject;
avert not your face from the poor. From the needy turn
not your eyes, give no one reason to curse you.
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The just have a care for the rights of the poor;
the wicked have no such concern.
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Copyright (c) 1998 by Robert Waldrop
The mystery of the poor is this: that they are Jesus, and what you do for
them you do for Him. It is the only way we have of knowing
and believing in our love. The mystery of poverty
is that by sharing in it, making ourselves poor
in giving to others, we increase our
knowledge of and belief in love.
Dorothy Day of New York,
Confessor and Catholic Worker
O Timothy, guard what has been entrusted to you.
Avoid profane babbling and the absurdities of so-called knowledge.
By professing it, some people have deviated from the faith.
Grace be with all of you. 1 Timothy 6:20-21