News from St. Francis 12/30/18 – 1/6/19

From the Christmas sermon. The Patty Griffin musical piece can be accessed here
Perhaps you are familiar with folk singer Patty Griffin’s musical reflection on the mother of Jesus, Mary. Perhaps the song is something new. Regardless, the language that Griffin uses to paint a vocal picture of the Mother of our Lord is rather evocative. Covered in roses. Covered in ashes. Covered in babies. Covered in slashes. Covered in wilderness. Covered in stains. Such poetry probably isn’t the stuff of many Christmas Eve sermons. However, the phrasing seems powerfully apt, given how the music and the myriad images around this season domesticate and airbrush the nativity. And while it is obvious to say, Mary is key.
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