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Saturday, December 24, 2011

An Ineffable Light

Nativity at Night
by Geertgen tot Sint Jans, c. 1490

"...the virgin knelt down with great
in an attitude of prayer,
and her back was turned to the manger....

And while she was standing thus in prayer,
I saw the child in her womb move
and suddenly in a moment she gave birth to her son,

from whom radiated such an
ineffable light
and splendour, that the sun was not comparable to it,

nor did the candle that St. Joseph had put there,
give any light at all, the divine light totally
annihilating the material light of the candle....

I saw the glorious infant lying on the ground naked and shining.
His body was pure from any kind of soil and impurity.
Then I heard also the singing of the angels,
which was of miraculous sweetness and great beauty..."

 From a vision of
Catholic mystic
Saint Bridget of Sweden (1303-1373),
which served as the inspiration for this painting.

May His ineffable light illuminate your path
this Christmas season, and always.

Signing off for a few days, my friends...
With my love and very best wishes for you and yours,

originally posted 
Christmas 2009 & 2010


Debra@CommonGround said...

hug hug, kiss kiss. may God send His angels to bless you this Chrismas!

Debra@CommonGround said...

...still cannot spell after all these years.

Cheryl ~ ZanyMayd said...

Thinking of you this Christmas Eve.... xox

NanaDiana said...

Beautiful, Anne. The message never changes, does it? God bless you,honey, as you go through this Christmas- xo Diana

Rhonda said...

What a gorgeous image and message this Christmas Eve.

Many blessings, Rhonda

Katherines Corner said...

Merry Christmas my friend.I hope your holiday is as sweet as you are xo

Low Tide High Style said...

Merry Christmas Anne! Sending healing thoughts to your father, and love to you and your husband!

Kat :)

summersundays-jw said...

Sending the same blessing back to you & yours. Peace! Jan

Shirley said...

Merry Christmas Anne to you and your family. I wanted to let you know that you are in my thoughts and prayers right now. It is not easy to have family in the hospital at the holidays. I have been there, We will keep praying that each day things will get better. God will give us the strength to see us through. Take care. Hugs from your Missouri Friend.

Alice said...

Beautiful! I'm keeping you in my thoughts and prayers.

Have a Blessed Christmas!

Lisa said...

Merry Christmas!
Hugs, Lisa

stefanie said...

wishing you a very Merry Christmas!!!!

savvycityfarmer said...

May the God filled light of Christmas and His redeeming grace shine on you and your home in the new year to come

Merry Christmas from our house to yours.


Vicki said...

A very Merry Christmas to you my friend! xoxo

Jill Marcott-McCall ~Feathers & Flight~ said...

Dear Anne;
My Wish for you
on this Christmas Day
is that you find Yourself Surrounded
by all of those you hold Dear.
That you find Yourself Smiling
Because you Know that everything
that matters in Life
is Right There With You.
That you Find your Day Full
of Memories in the Making
and that you are Reminded
of all the Blessings
That are yours.
Merry Christmas Friend to you and your Dear Family!

Linda @ A La Carte said...

Wishing you a Christmas of Peace and Love!

Unknown said...

Merry Christmas to you both from Louisiana!! Sending love, hugs & prayers too...God bless you this sweet season!!!

Sue said...

Thinking of you on this Christmas day and wishing you the best, in the not so best of times!

Take care, Sue

Theresa said...

Beautiful post! Praying for you always, have a blessed Christmas night! HUGS!

Burlap Luxe said...

Joyeux Noel dear one, many blessings to you and yous.

Such beauty you have inspired us with this 2011 looking forward to another year of your beauty.

Lisa said...

Hope you & James Christmas was wonderful. Sorry I didn't get to post this sooner, oh well. But I want to be the first to wish you a happy, healthy new year! I know 2011 was a year of ups & downs, lets pray that 12 brings nothing but happiness!
(your Lurd)

Lois Arnold said...

Hope you had a blessed Christmas and that the New Year brings you nothing but the best!

The Rustic Victorian said...

In the midst of the storms is Jesus,..if not I would be a total mess. I will pray for your Father, and your rest and peace. I am going to the nursing home everyday as my Mother is going through chemo at 80. Your not alone.

Unknown said...

Hi Anne, I am praying everything is going well with your Dad. Sending you very Merry Christmas wishes!! xxoo, Heidi

vintagegirl said...

What a beautiful Christmas message. May his light shine on you always!


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