Innkeepers – Christmas 2011, Cycle B

by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND on 12/22/2011

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A Prayer Poem by Sr. Juliemarie McDonald for December 25, 2011

“The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.”
(John 1:9)

We are the innkeepers of our soul.
Our souls are caves – damp, dark, and dingy.
In the smelly stables of our souls,
we house our own stable’s mice and spiders and crawly things.

Yet, Jesus, as in days of old,
still chooses such unlikely caves
in which to become incarnate.

Enfleshed once more in our humanness,
taking on our human limitations
of littleness, simplicity, and childlikeness,
he craves to be cradled and crooned to again
by human hands and voices.

Welcome, Lord Jesus.
Enter into the dark caves of our souls.
Be born again in our limitedness.
Infinity embrace our finiteness
to reach out through us
to others whose caves are also
dark, and damp, and dingy.
Shine through us, O Jesus,
into this dark world of ours.
Light up the spaces of our souls once more,
that we may be the stars that lead to new Bethlehems.

Lectionary Readings for Christmas 2011
What are your thoughts and prayers for this day?
Is there a word, phrase, or verse from this Sunday’s readings or this poem which stands out for you? Please share it with us in the comments below.

Merry Christmas!


{ 8 comments… read them below or add one }

Gia Turella December 22, 2011 at 11:08 am

Beautiful, Julie! Thanks for sharing!

Your creativity reaches the very heart of us all who need to hear the Good News of the Lord! Please continue to share your unique and personal accounts!

See you on the 26th….what time? Email me at


Sr. Susan Wolf, SND December 23, 2011 at 5:04 am

My favorite lines of this poem are the last ones. Thank you for this poem and Merry Christmas to you, Sr. Juliemarie!

Shiine through us, O Jesus,
into this dark world of ours.
Light up the spaces of our souls once more,
that we may be the stars that lead to new Bethlehems.


Sr Juliemarie McDonald December 23, 2011 at 9:50 am

Thank you, Susan. Picking the last stanza is really what the poem wants all of us to know. Jesus, the Light, has chosen us to be lights wherever we find darkness in today’s world. Merry Christmas to you also.


deb carlin December 24, 2011 at 4:18 pm

How lovely and so real as in the reality of “deep down thing” where God wants to be and where seekers everywhere gaze with wonder.
Thank you so much Julie. deb


Sr Juliemarie McDonald December 25, 2011 at 9:13 am

Merry Christmas, Deb. May you experience the “deep down” things in the heart of our dear Lord.


Trudy Nelson January 2, 2012 at 8:24 pm

Your gift is God-given ,and thank you so much for sharing it
with us, who, in turn desire to share that same love for Him, with others.
Isn’t it nice to think of US cradling HIM, as a Wee One?
May Jesus bless you, dear Sr. Juliemarie, throughout this new year!

Trudy, in His Love…


Colleen January 26, 2014 at 10:09 am

Sr. Juliemarie, did you teach at NDA in Middleburg,Va? I apologize for the personal question in this forum. I googled you and found this link. You were one of my favorite teachers in my short two years (77-79) and I always have remembered you and Sr. Naomi. I am living in Middleburg and still in contact with a lot of the girls. Please feel free to contact me by email!

Colleen (Fitzpatrick) Batsakis


Sr. Juliemarie McDonald, SND February 8, 2014 at 7:45 pm

Colleen, how great to hear from one of my students. I will try to get in contact with you. Busy, busy writing and a bit behind. I am putting you in my contact list. Sr. Juliemarie


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