Thanks go to N. and J. W. for sending in volume 3 of Pope Benedict XVI’s Jesus of Nazareth, very appropriate reading this Advent, as this slim volume covers the infancy narratives. Very thoughtful! Opening the book up at random, my eyes fell on a passage explaining the etymology of the Holy Name of Jesus: YHWH is Salvation. Indeed and Yikes! I am reminded of Genesis 3,15, wherein Yahweh Elohim, that is, Jesus, that is, the Divine Incarnate Son of the Immaculate Conception, that Woman who is the Mother of the Redeemer, provides us with enmity over against Satan, another way of saying that He Himself will provide us with salvation, created anew with sanctifying grace, becoming members of the Body of Christ.
Thanks go to J.M.R. and P.M.R. for their gift to the hermitage, along with a great note of encouragement.
May the Lord continue to bless you all according to the perfect intercession of the Immaculate Conception.
Oh, I forgot… Laudie! How could I forget?! One of the readers mentioned that she’ll soon be due for a claw trimming.
That, to me, falls into the same category of the nefarious trimming of the beaks of chickens. NOT to be done, especially for well-fed free-range chickens who are in no danger of eating each other, as are cooped-up chickens.
I mean, O.K., it’s true. If Laudie batted you with one of her paws, she could probably just about rip your guts out. As it is, she doesn’t do such things! Also, trimming her claws would be a death sentence. You have to know that she runs a billion miles an hour through the forest, bouncing off trees and cornering so sharply that her front paws stay in one place even as her back end throws up debris like a tornado. But she couldn’t do this unless she had claws! Also, in walking up the mountain the other day, past the neighbor’s machinery, which has sharp edges that could de-gut any flying dog like Laudie… well… there came Laudie at her usual billion miles an hour. I was sure she was not going to be able to stop, but would instead be totally ripped apart by that machinery, given her unstoppable trajectory. But no, she avoided such a gory fate, just barely, perhaps denting a rib or two in the process… but she lived. If she had no claws, we would now have one dead Laudie. And we don’t want that!