Wishing all our members and friends a very Happy Christmas and Healthy New Year. These days I have lots of little visitors to my garden and this Christmas card was inspired by one little visitor that I snapped today.
The Robin has religious connotations in that there is a long-standing myth that the bird got its red breast when a drop of blood fell on its chest as it tried in vain to pull a thorn from the dying Christ’s head during the crucifixion. Hence its association with the Christian feast of Christmas. He is also a reminder that we share the earth with our fellow creatures.
Each creature possesses its own particular goodness and perfection . . Each of the various creatures, willed in its own being, reflects in its own way a ray of God’s infinite wisdom and goodness.’ (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 339)
Let us join with St. Francis in praising all God’s creation:
Praised be you, my Lord, with all your creatures, especially Sir Brother Sun,
who is the day and through whom you give us light. And he is beautiful and radiant with great splendour; and bears a likeness of you, Most High.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Moon and the stars, in heaven you formed them clear and precious and beautiful.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Wind, and through the air, cloudy and serene,and every kind of weather
through whom you give sustenance to your creatures.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Sister Water,
who is very useful and humble and precious and chaste.
Praised be you, my Lord, through Brother Fire, through whom you light the night,
and he is beautiful and playful and robust and strong.
Have a very happy Christmas and don’t forget to feed and water the robins and other garden birds over the festive season. Caring for our common home.