Today the Christian Liturgy starts to chant the O Antiphons – aspirations used since the 5th Century in the final days before Christmas and which resonate with deep needs in our humanity,
The first of them wishes that we may grow in wisdom at this time of year around the Winter Solstice, when the days are shorter and nature quietens down, and we can see more clearly the bare elements in our lives. What maters most? In many old traditions, having a wise perspective on what was important in life was greatly treasured. In some ways it is the best gift one could get in these days, leading to a resting of the mind and contentment.
To the mind that is still,
the whole universe surrenders.