Editor's note:

Gaudete,” which is the Latin word for rejoice,” is the Third Sun­day in Advent. 

Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice!” Paul’s admon­ish­ment to the Philip­pi­ans is one of the hap­pi­est imper­a­tives pos­si­ble, though not always the eas­i­est to fol­low. Always” is a pret­ty unremit­ting time­frame. But, O — that sur­pass­ing peace that comes when we set aside every dis­trac­tion, every bruise or gap­ing wound, and give our­selves to rejoicing.

Our gift to you this third week of Advent is a love­ly and joy­ful lit­tle poem by a Jesuit priest that draws us into some of the many, many rea­sons to rejoice this sea­son — rang­ing from the small mir­a­cles of fin­gers that fit our hands to the great mir­a­cle of the Birth. Iterum dico gaudete.

—Renovaré Team


Because Christ­mas is almost here
Because danc­ing fits so well with music
Because inside baby clothes are mir­a­cles.
Because some peo­ple love you
Because of choco­late
Because pain does not last for­ev­er
Because San­ta Claus is com­ing.
Because of laugh­ter
Because there real­ly are angels
Because your fin­gers fit your hands
Because for­give­ness is yours for the ask­ing
Because of chil­dren
Because of par­ents.
Because the blind see.
And the lame walk.
Because lep­ers are clean
And the deaf hear.
Because the dead will live again
And there is good news for the poor.
Because of Christ­mas
Because of Jesus
You rejoice.

His poem is tak­en from Amer­i­ca; The Nation­al Catholic Week­ly (Decem­ber 11, 2006) via Jour­ney with Jesus.

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