An Advent gift

Sister Rose Boyle OP

A bundle of beauty

came to Mass this morning.

Her smile, her giggles, her splutters,

lit up my soul.

This bundle was a baby,

held by an adoring grandmother.

She was an Advent gift,

a tiny reflection of God’s joy and wondrous life,

a portrait of God’s face,

a peep into the heart of God,

always wide open,



Baby gazed at nanny and wriggled in delight,

And nanny gazed at baby

as she cradled her in awe.

And God gazes in delight

as He holds us in being,

as He shelters within us.

Do we gaze back?

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