Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Christmas Blessings from Bread New Mexico

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.

Hills, stars,
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?

-Thomas Merton, excerpts from A Christmas Card (1947)
(see full poem in Thomas Merton's Marian Poetry, University of Dayton)

1 comment:

Michelle Meaders said...

Are you in Mexico, or did you forget the "New"?

By the way, John Dear will be talking about his book about Thomas Merton at Bookworks next month:

John Dear, Thomas Merton, Peacemaker: Meditations on Merton, Peacemaking, and the Spiritual Life

Thursday, January 21, 2016 - 7:00pm

4022 Rio Grande Blvd NW
Albuquerque, NM 87107