THE FIRST ADVENT

HAIKU

THE SHE-ASS LEADING

THROUGH THE DARK HOARFROST VALLEY

WITH HARDLY ANY REST

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HAIBUN

“The Blessed Virgin Mary suffered from the cold and said to Joseph: we must rest, I can go no farther.  Joseph spread the coverings under a terebinth tree, hung a lighted lantern on the lower branches of the tree and they refreshed themselves with fruit and little loaves of bread. Mary prayed earnestly to God that Joseph would not suffer from the cold, at once she was filled with so great a warmth that she held out her hand to Joseph to warm his.”

Excerpt from ‘The Visions of Venerable Anne Catherine Emmerich’.

…such was the Holy Family’s grueling journey to Bethlehem for the Messiah’s birth…