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A Gaelic Blessing

May those who love us, love us
And those that don’t love us
may God turn their hearts;
and if He don’t turn their hearts
may He turn their ankles
so we’ll know them by their limping.

Happy St. Patrick’s Day

WK

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This entry was written by Will, posted on March 17, 2010 at 7:47 am, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Merry Christmas.

God bless you and yours today.

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 25, 2009 at 9:44 am, filed under Uncategorized. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Good King Wenceslas

This is one of my favourite carols. It’s a favourite because in its verse you find the legend of the Saint Wenceslas, Duke of Bohemia, better known in Czech as Svatý Václav. The act of giving and the miracle found within the song are deep, subtle, and wonderful.

95% of people out there don’t know more than the first verse, so may I present the whole of the carol, using DC Comics’ 2008 Holiday Special:

Good King Wenceslas looked out, on the Feast of Stephen,
When the snow lay round about, deep and crisp and even;
Brightly shone the moon that night, tho’ the frost was cruel,
When a poor man came in sight, gath’ring winter fuel.

“Hither, page, and stand by me, if thou know’st it, telling,
Yonder peasant, who is he? Where and what his dwelling?”
“Sire, he lives a good league hence, underneath the mountain;
Right against the forest fence, by Saint Agnes’ fountain.”

“Bring me flesh, and bring me wine, bring me pine logs hither:
Thou and I will see him dine, when we bear them thither.”
Page and monarch, forth they went, forth they went together;
Through the rude wind’s wild lament and the bitter weather.

“Sire, the night is darker now, and the wind blows stronger;
Fails my heart, I know not how; I can go no longer.”
“Mark my footsteps, good my page. Tread thou in them boldly
Thou shalt find the winter’s rage freeze thy blood less coldly.”

In his master’s steps he trod, where the snow lay dinted;
Heat was in the very sod which the saint had printed.
Therefore, Christian men, be sure, wealth or rank possessing,
Ye who now will bless the poor, shall yourselves find blessing.

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 24, 2009 at 12:07 pm, filed under Christianity, Music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Advent #7: Rudy

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This entry was written by Will, posted on December 22, 2009 at 1:45 pm, filed under Activism. Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink.

Advent #6: Love

The last candle lit before Christmas Eve is the candle of love.

Love is one of those words that loses meaning far too quickly. We love wives and we love video games. To top it off, it sounds like a weak word. What’s the opposite of a badass? …A really loving person?

We don’t give power to love in our cultural consciousness as we should. We give power to money, things, ideas, people, memories, cultures – but love is not on the list. Even Christians, who profess a loving God, push for aligning power-structures and power-words with their faith (reason, prosperity, safety, fear) rather than champion love.

Love is a God who humbles himself to the level of his creation.
Love is a God who places himself in a marginalized group.
Love is a God who proclaims his own entrance into the world by including the excluded.
Love is a God who dies for those who hate him.
Love is a God who died for you.
Love is a God who gives us hope for peace and joy.
Love is a God seeking to bring everyone and everything home at all costs.

This is why Christmas is about Love.

WK

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