Contemplative Monk : Intentional Spirituality Transforms

Celebrating Christmas Time


 Merry Christmas from Our Family To Yours!

When you were growing up, did you ever sleep beneath the tree? I confess, I spent many happy hours staring up in wonder at our Christmas tree…caught up in an awe and mystery I couldn’t understand.

As you celebrate this Christmas season, take some time to realize, you actually have the Tree of Life in your home. Well almost.  Stop and look at your Christmas tree, and think about what it symbolizes.

What does it mean to put our gifts under this ‘tree of life’? Why is it all lit up and covered with so many cool things?

And did you know the earliest Christmas trees were covered with candles, communion bread and occasionally apples? It was sometimes called the Feast of Adam and Eve.

Regardless of how it’s been interpreted, the symbolism of the Christmas tree, in form and substance, goes all the way back to the Garden of Eden, the living tree, the Tree of Life.

What can all this mean for us? A celebration of the redemption available for all mankind?

How can this be? How can common things become sacred?

Where The Common Becomes Sacred

It’s us. We’re the one’s who make the common sacred.

Christ has no body but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks
With compassion upon this world.

Yours are the feet with which he walks to do good,
Yours are the hands, with which he blesses all the world.

Yours are the hands, yours are the feet,
Yours are the eyes, you are his body.

Christ has no body now but yours,
No hands, no feet on earth but yours,
Yours are the eyes with which he looks,
With compassion upon this world.

Christ has no body now on earth but yours.


Teresa of Avila (1515–1582)


So dust off those old spiritual traditions. There’s no telling what you’ll find. Some real treasures are just waiting to be discovered.

Here’s wishing you the best! May God bless you and your family with a very merry and sacred Christmas time!


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Photo: Our Christmas tree this year. 

In case you missed it. We recently looked at the Garden of Eden with its Two Trees.

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