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Advent Day 11 ~ The Lesson of the Shadows


blog01Advent Day 11 ~ Wednesday of the Second Week of Advent

I have learned to be intrigued by the shadows of my life, Lord.
The stronger the light, the deeper the shadow.
I have come to realize there will always be shadows.

I must accept the shadows of my life as well as the light; they will just always be there.

And so I now  pause for a moment when a shadow greets me;
and take in its beauty.

Teach me to  stop and be confronted, to be changed,  by them.

This day, Lord, help me to realize what the shadows of my life can teach me
about You and Your great love for me.

Editor’s note:  This was my very first blog post on December 5, 2007.                                                                                                                       

I had two priests write back and say: “Thank you, Bob.

I wonder what they were saying?

I pay a lot of attention to shadows in my photography.


It’s “both ~ and.” That’s the way life is.

Carl Jung in psychology got us to pay attention to the Shadow side of life.

If we deny they are there, we’re in trouble.

If we embrace our Shadow, make friends with it,

we become whole.

Here’s an excerpt from today’s first reading from Isaiah, Chapter 40 you’re probably familiar with; it’s such a wonderful piece of prose, as is the whole chapter . . . .

Though young men faint and grow weary,
and youths stagger and fall,
They that hope in the LORD will renew their strength,
they will soar as with eagles’ wings;
They will run and not grow weary,
walk and not grow faint. 

Here are all of today’s Mass readings, if you would like to reflect on them. Click here.

And now, before you go, here’s a beautiful rendition of the Catholic liturgical hymn “On Eagles’ Wings.” Click here. 

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer

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