Catholic Birder

Birds have had my attention for over 30 years. God for just a few. Before birds were a passion. Now they are a confirmation. Saint Francis of Assisi, patron of birds, pray for us.

December 09, 2005

Christmas Decorations


There is a house in the neighborhood I grew up in (Shepard Park in Washington, DC) that has had a festival of lights for at least thirty years. I remember my parents taking me to see it every few nights each year starting in 1975. It may have been up before then. Last night I drove down from Wheaton to see it again with the boys while Sandi and Phoebe were at Mass celebrating the Immaculate Conception. They loved it and we returned again after picking the girls up. The whole way home Michael asked for us to go shopping for lights for our house.

Well no lights yet but we did receive our new Nativity set yesterday. Sandi and I started setting it up after the kids went to bed. We tried to spotlight it but didn't have much success. We did attract some passing finches - perhaps crossbills - flying in the night overhead as we shined the spotlight up in the sky to avoid annoying the neighbors. I would like to think their chirping was a nod of approval from above. Here is a photo of what we've accomplished so far, complete with God's touch of snow from last night:

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My little sisters, the birds, much bounden are ye unto God, your Creator, and always in every place ought ye to praise Him, for that He hath given you liberty to fly about everywhere, and hath also given you double and triple rainment; moreover He preserved your seed in the ark of Noah, that your race might not perish out of the world; still more are ye beholden to Him for the element of the air which He hath appointed for you; beyond all this, ye sow not, neither do you reap; and God feedeth you, and giveth you the streams and fountains for your drink; the mountains and valleys for your refuge and the high trees whereon to make your nests; and because ye know not how to spin or sow, God clotheth you, you and your children; wherefore your Creator loveth you much, seeing that He hath bestowed on you so many benefits; and therefore, my little sisters, beware of the sin of ingratitude, and study always to give praises unto God. Saint Francis of Assisi - c 1220

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