Christmas Magic – The 8th Day of igNation’s 12 Days of Christmas

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Babies at birth are beautiful

warmly welcomed

by a mother’s love.


Jesus was no different,

wrapped in Mary’s love,

yet he was laid in a manger

nestled between

a braying donkey and cow,

not in a sterilized room

surrounded by white robed people

with clinical detachment.


The effort of walking weary ways

clings to Mary and Joseph

new parents

aware and unaware

of their calling

to raise a singular child

human and divine.


Shepherds and straying sheep

fill the sacred space

aglow with a heavenly light,

and I fall in love

with this vulnerable baby

smiling at adoring eyes

brought to a stable

by angels singing Glorias above.


I yearn for peace

and am now in the presence

of the Prince of Peace.

I offer one finger

and wonder of wonders

the infant curls his little fingers

around mine

in a tight embrace,

and I’m no longer afraid.


I shout jubilantly

“You love me!”

and the smell of damp hay

disappears in the cold night air.

Viola Athaide is a student in the Windows of Theology program at Regis College, Toronto. She currently teaches Scripture at her local parish church.

  • Peter Bisson, SJ
    Posted at 01:17h, 03 January Reply

    Thank you Viola!

  • Jacqui
    Posted at 07:12h, 03 January Reply

    Deeply touching. Viola you write with such inner beauty and grace.
    God bless you for sharing your gift.

  • Karen Arthurs
    Posted at 07:15h, 03 January Reply

    Love supreme.

  • Lorraine Majcen
    Posted at 13:04h, 03 January Reply

    Viola, that is just such a sweet poem. Fills me with the simplicity and joy of God’s love for us sent through his son Jesus. Thank you for your expression of joy, love and peace!!

  • Lorella D'Cruz
    Posted at 20:03h, 21 February Reply

    So beautifully expressed!

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