Advent Day 11 ~ The lesson of the shadows (Hanukkah Day 3)

                       image bob traupman 2007 / St. Augustine Beach, Florida

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.

Editors 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. 

Now,before you go, here’s a fun music video about Shadows.  Click here. (Suggestion: Watch the video that follows; it’s even more amazing.)

And here are today’s Mass readings, if you would like to reflect on them: Click here

With love, 

Bob Traupman

Contemplative Writer

                                         

Advent Day 19 ~ The Burning Bush of the World

Saturday of the third week of Advent

Christmas Eve is a week away.

Advent themes are all about waiting for light to shine in our darkness.
For we who are Christians we await, Jesus, Yeshua, who is for us the Light of the World.
We prepare a place for him to shine in our own hearts this day.
We invite you to search out your own inner meaning whatever that might be.

Here is one of the magnificent O Antiphons that appears in the liturgy as a countdown to Christmas:

O Adonai and Ruler of the House of Israel,

you appeared to Moses in the fire of the burning bush

and on Mount Sinai gave him your law.

Come, and with outstretched arm redeem us.

And my prayer . . .

O Adonai*, we need you in our world more than ever!

You appeared in the burning bush long ago.

I remember this awesome sunrise two years ago over the ocean at  St. Augustine Beach.

I’m reminded of the old sailor’s maxim:  “Red at night, a sailor’s delight; red in the morning, sailor’s take warning.”

Come with your refiner’s fire and burn your way into our hearts.

so that we can prepare the way for the Messiah to come into our lives,

into our homes,

our workplace and marketplace,

our neighborhoods

our beloved  country,

our waiting world!

Come Lord Jesus!

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What are  the “O Antiphons?” One of the most cherished collections of our ancient liturgical chants are the seven “O Antiphons” that are sung each of the seven nights before Christmas at Vespers beginning tonight. They have beautiful chant melodies.  I am using some of them interspersed in the next week before Christmas. 

Here is a dramatic audio slide show of O come, O come Emmanuel for your reflection (which is the text of the seven O antiphons.  Be sure to turn up your speakers and enter full screen

* Adonai — one of the names the Jewish people use for God.

For those those of you interested in Gregorian Chant, here is a web site that has information and  recordings of the chant melodies of all seven. (Scroll down to the bottom of the chart. The recordings for each antiphon are there; you have to click on the audio sign for each.  Have patience!  It’s well worth it.)

With love,

Bob Traupman

contemplative writer

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