Moonless darkness stands between.
Past, the Past, no more be seen!
But the Bethlehem-star may lead me
To the sight of Him Who freed me
From the self that I have been.
Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;
Now beginning, and alway:
Now begin, on Christmas day.
—Gerard Manley Hopkins
May there stand no darkness between you and the Christ Child on this Blessed Day.
The past is gone and the Daystar rises in the East!
The Light, the Light! The Morning Star, who is the Virgin in conceiving and birthing. The star in the heavens that leads the poor and lowly in mind and heart. The brightness of angels that chases away fear and loathing. And the Daystar from on High who is the fulfillment of all hope and all that we have never thought to imagine. The light belongs to those who long for it and who embrace it in its fulness, Jesus Christ, Son of God and Son of Mary.
May you and yours have a blessed and merry Christmas.