Monday, December 25, 2006

Of her flesh he took flesh:
He does take fresh and fresh,
Though much the mystery how,
Not flesh but spirit now
And makes, O marvellous!
New Nazareths in us,
Where she shall yet conceive
Him, morning, noon, and eve;
New Bethlems, and he born
There, evening, noon and morn--
Bethlem or Nazareth,
Men here may draw bated breath
More Christ and baffle death;
Who, born so, come to be
New self and nobler me
In each one and each one
More makes, when all is done,
Both God's and Mary's Son.

--Gerard Manley Hopkins
(from "The Blessed Virgin Compared to the Air We Breathe")


Anonymous said...

I've really enjoyed all of your advent postings! Thanks for putting those up. Hope you are enjoying Christmas!!

You and your family are in my prayers

Jen in Seattle

Anonymous said...

This was the loveliest Christmas posting I've seen this year, thank you so much for this : )

Merry Christmas! Wendy

Anonymous said...

Hello Again Jeanne,

I was you have the title or source for this image?

Blessed Christmas Season...and New Year : ) Wendy