By Sister Catherine Cleary, OSB
When asked to write a piece about Christmas for our blog, I decided to see what was on hand in our library.
I found the shelves filled with stories, legends, poems, carols, and customs from every nationality and every corner of the earth. What else was there to say about Christmas?
I walked around the monastery, thinking I would just have to tell the editor–in-chief that there was nothing more to say about Christmas. I mentally checked that assignment off my list.
Now it was time to visit the Sisters in Health Care. I passed a Sister hanging Christmas decorations on the door of each Sister down there. As I walked with an infirm Sister, I saw 4 Sisters in the chapel putting up the crib and trees.
Another 4 Sisters passed us, on their way to the food pantry. Another Sister wrapped gifts for children who would not otherwise receive any.
Upstairs, Sister Stefanie baked cookies for the community. Sister Marlene arranged red and green decorations on tabletops.
The meaning of Christmas is STILL ALIVE, I thought, especially in our monastery.
Each Sister puts aside her own Christmas preparations to help an infirm Sister unable to make her own Christmas preparations, to serve food to the hungry, to respond to those who knock at our door asking for assistance. To do for others.
As Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior … He who is mighty has done great things and holy is his name.”
What else is there to say about Christmas? Turns out, quite a lot.
Christ is among us.