A Christmas Letter

Monica on December 24th, 2016 | 22 comments

And this shall be a sign unto you; you shall find the babe wrapped in swaddling clothes,
lying in a manger. – Luke 2:1-12

Brothers and Sisters in Christ,

Even at this late date rolls of wrapping paper are on many of our dining room tables along with the assorted bows, ribbons, and tape dispensers of gift giving. Although some of you may be terrible wrappers – too much paper and too little tape – I suspect you all savor the experience of adorning the Christmas presents with a personal touch. As you maneuver the scissors and scan the gifts, you may imagine how the recipients will respond when the wrapping paper flies up into the wind revealing the surprises nestled beneath those two-dimensional stars, trees,and reindeer. Doesn’t it do the soul some good to lovingly prepare and deliver a bit of Christmas joy?

Luke invites his audience – that’s us – to take a good look at the good news wrapped in swaddling clothes. As we gather with shepherds, angles, wise men, and well-wishers near the foot of the crib, we join mother Mary in pondering the significance of the beautiful gift cooing in our sight. What does this surprise mean for us? How should we respond to Grace unfolding before us and all people?

Perhaps we start by telling the beneficiaries of our packages and greeting cards that that are valued and loved by God and by us.

May the light and wonder of Bethlehem fill your heart with joy and love.

Peace be with you always,
Dane Falkner
God’s servant and producer of Divine Office

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22 thoughts on “A Christmas Letter

  1. Love the site but the “back to top” link is broken and I use it all the time. When you get a chance, you might fix it. Merry and Blessed Christmas to you and all the Divine Office staff

  2. Thank you Dane for your huge effort and that of the team to keep the DO on line. May you all have a very peaceful Christmas and reap abundant apostolic fruit’s in 2017

    Norman Hartley, Santiago Chile

  3. The beginning of your letter described exactly how my dining room table looks right now. Maybe I’ll get it cleaned off before I go to midnight Mass.:-) The giving of gifts does do a lot for our souls, especially when tonight, all that is offered in the collection baskets goes to Catholic Charities in our Diocese. giving to all those, regardless of their religious orientation or if any, will receive help in their lives, and perhaps have a longing or prayer answered by what we’ve given. May God richly bless your ministry with gifts of support for what you so kindly supply for our prayer needs.

  4. Jesus: Born to die—Can you imagine as Mary looked into the beautiful face of her son what went through her mind—
    A new revelation came to me this advent and that is you cannot separate the crib from the cross….What incredible love God has for all of us—–
    Merry Christmas to each and everyone at Divine Office and all who pray the Divine office each day!!

  5. Never was a birth more poor or happier than the birth of our Savior. Never was a mother more beautiful or loving for the birth of her Son.

  6. Thank you, Dane, and Merry Christmas to you and all of our vast Divine Office e-family! I have Divine Office as my internet link, so that when I get online, it is the first thing I see. I usually pray Morning Prayer with a community and Evening Prayer with my husband (books)…but balancing the internet use with more opportunities for prayer is a good thing for me. If you want to get fancy, you might consider adding a link to some of the “Holy Poetry” found in the 4-vol Office…that would keep me coming back for more! Maybe a few for each week, seasonally appropriate in some way. Thanks for the gift of Divine Office! God bless you.

  7. Thank you all for the way you assist me each day in saying the Office. It provides such a tangible expression of praying with the Church.

    With blessings to you all this Christmas Eve.

    Father Jonathan Gibson
    Calgary, Alberta

  8. Merry Christmas to all at Divine Office. This gift of yours to a world seeking more closeness to our God, leads me and many others to Him as He comes again into our hearts and lives. Thank you for this gift which fills us with His grace each day. Deacon Jim Scull, San Diego

  9. May the meaning of Christmas enter our hearts on this Eve of our Lords Birth and return us back to the principles our founding fathers established for this great Nation of ours.

  10. I am grateful for the gift of praying the Office that the Dominican Sisters passed onto me. Especially over the last 18-20 months, this habit has drawn me closer to the Lord.

    Dane, I am also grateful for you being opening to allowing God to use the gifts He gave you to lead the Surgeworks team to give us the gift of this excellent method of praying the Office. Your team has enriched the lives of many. I am looking forward to seeing what 2017 will bring.

    Merry Christmas to all!!

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