The celebration of the Feast of Christmas was a time of great joy at Our Lady of Grace Monastery. There is so much to prepare - music, chapel environment, food, dining room decorations. And yet, that is so much a part of the celebration of Christmas. I love the days before Christmas as each person in community uses her gifts to help prepare.
Our Evening and Morning Prayer liturgies were beautiful. I love the special verses from Scripture that remind us of the amazing gift that we are receiving and the mystery of it all astounds me. Our Eucharistic liturgy was beautiful with the sounds of our Bell Choir and the beautiful voices of our Schola praising God together. Christ coming to us in human form. As I received Christ at the Eucharist, I was reminded once again that I am called to become that same gift for others. What a challenge and gift this is! God comes to us in human form so that we might come to know him intimately. And, because of this intimate relationship with him, we are never the same. Now we, too, must become for others a life-changing experience. May our relationship with others help them see Christ so that their lives might be changed through this experience.