Friday, December 25, 2020

Ideal Stable Conditions

It's just possible that any star will do!
“Early-stage religion is largely preparing you for the immense gift of this burning, this inner experience of God, as though creating a proper stable into which the Christ can be born. Unfortunately, most people get so preoccupied with their stable, and whether their stable is better than your stable, or whether their stable is the only 'one, holy, catholic, and apostolic' stable, that they never get to the birth of God in the soul. There is no indication in the text that Jesus demanded ideal stable conditions; in fact, you could say that the specific mentioning of his birth in a 'manger' is making the exact opposite point. Animals at least had room for him, while there was 'no room for him in the inn' (Luke 2:8) where humans dwelled." (13 - 14)

by Richard Rohr, Franciscan Friar (b 1943)
from Falling Upward: A Spirituality for the Two Halves of Life


A Nest on the Floor

Mother & Child

Holy Family

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