A Courageous Journey in the Night

Today, we celebrate the Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ, and the end of Christmastide. One of the oldest feasts in the liturgical year, the Epiphany celebrates God’s ongoing revelation of Christ to the world. In New Orleans at the Rosary, our gates opened this morning on both campuses to the influx of backpacks and King Cakes from Rouse’s, Haydel’s and Gambino’s to welcome the beginning of this season. With the delicious taste of sugar-coated brioche breads, we “taste and see the goodness of the Lord.” (Ps. 34:8)

With the second half of the school year beginning with the paradigmatic story of three well-educated persons of stature who journeyed in the night undeterred by darkness and following only the light of a star to find Jesus, we could pause for a few moments to ask, “For whom or what would we make such a journey? What gifts would we bring to Jesus? …to one another? ….to the world? How might we share those gifts in our school, at home and in our community of the Sacred Heart in the months ahead?”

The courageous journey of the “wise men” reminds me of our school theme as we continue on our path this year to “shape our story into a magnificent tale of triumph, of healing, of courage, of beauty, of wisdom, of power, of dignity, of love.” (Mother Janet Erskine Stuart). I pray that we each discover God’s heart in our world and be guided by the revelation of its light in the months ahead.

Creator of the Stars 

God of the Epiphanies

You are the Great Star

You have marked my path with light

You have filled my sky with stars

naming each star

guiding it

until it shines into my heart

awakening me to deeper seeing

new revelations

and brighter epiphanies.

O Infinite Star Giver

I now ask for wisdom and courage

to follow these stars

for their names are many

and my heart is fearful.

They shine on me wherever I go:

The Star of Hope

The Star of Mercy and Compassion

The Star of Justice and Peace

The Star of Tenderness and Love

The Star of Suffering

The Star of Joy

And every time I feel the shine

I am called

to follow it

to sing it

to live it . . .

Macrina Wiederkehr

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