The Cross from the Creche

Sr. Lisa Marie

Sr. Lisa Marie

Sister Lisa Marie Doty is a Canossian Sister. She enjoys giving retreats and vocational talks to teens and young women, and providing on-going formation to her Institute’s Lay Canossian Associates. She is a director of youth and young adults at Our Lady of the Annunciation Church in the Diocese of Santa Fe, New Mexico, and the national director of the Association of Lay Canossians, and regional coordinator of vocations for her religious family. She also gives retreats and talks on various religious topics. In her spare time, she enjoys graphic design, learning guitar, taking walks and making rosaries. Her website is Nunspeak.

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8 thoughts on “The Cross from the Creche”

  1. What a beautiful card and reflection. I completely agree that Christmas is not just sweet/sappy sentmentality – the baby Messiah came to suffer and die for the ugliness that is sin. That tends to resonate with me more than the fluffy joy of some carols. If I could buy a box of these cards I would!

  2. A beautiful rendering.

    Is not the owl, the desert owl, the same sometimes translated as the pelican as in the pelican in the wilderness of Psalm 102:6? If so, then we may be being asked to consider the wilderness sufferings of Christ and His Holy Mother which begin, in a certain sense, even at His Birth.

  3. Thanks, Sarah … to look beyond the creche also helps us to use our Advent preparation in its more full sense, to contemplate the Christian mysteries as a whole, in the midst of our human condition: birth and death; tenderness and violence; adoration and rejection; sacrifice and selfishness. Then the blessed Light of the Savior shines, and repairs everything. It almost makes me long for Lent 😉

  4. Thank you, Owen. It hasn’t occurred to me, but yes, Psalm 102:6 does speak of the pelican (King James) and desert owl (NAB), both signs of desolation. That is why the owl is at times present in Crucifixion scenes. To have the owl present in the nativity takes the sentimental sweetness and jars us with a dose of reality; there is much more than a sweet child sleeping in a box of hay; he will one day sleep on the cross. It makes me aware of how joy and suffering are intertwined in the life of Jesus and His mother. They are one and the same thread.

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  7. I keep the manger and Christ child figure from my Nativity creche at the foot of my crucifix throughout the year as a reminder that the Word became Incarnate to Redeem us.

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