“Blessed Christmas” from Wyoming Catholic College
I often write about why we teach at Wyoming Catholic College, but why we pray is even more fundamentally important. Without prayer, how do we order ourselves rightly? It is the central question for the world as we prepare for the Nativity of the Lord.
Each December, we celebrate Christmas, the most familiar of stories. Its very familiarity can numb us to its importance: the center of all prayer, the mystery of the Incarnation, when God submitted himself to the human form in the radical dependency of a newborn’s pure petition. What does it take to clear away our familiarity with the story, to tear open the roof of habit, so to speak, and let that wonder in, like a spill of angels?
Wishing all the blessings of Christmas on you and yours family.
President Glenn C. Arbery
and the Wyoming Catholic College Family
David’s town bedded down, and the world was so cold;
Song was stilled, hearts were chilled, and the world was grown old;
Then was born Christ the Morn, Shepherd of the one fold:
David’s town bore the crown, as the prophets foretold.
Adam’s race, shorn of grace, begs of Mary reprieve:
“Be we blessed through your Yes that we too may believe,
By what’s heard God’s own Word in our hearts to conceive.
Guiding star fore the dawn, be our true Christmas Eve.”
Mary’s boy, be my joy when the martyrs shall sing,
When the Judge shall appear and the trumpet shall ring.
In the day of dismay to the Infant I cling:
Who the Baby has borne needs not fly from the King.