On the day of the winter solstice many of us looked to the western sky to see Saturn and Jupiter in their closest proximity in 800 years. Unfortunately, thick cloud cover made seeing any star impossible.  It made me think of a line from an Advent song from the Saint Louis Jesuits: “darkness covers the earth; thick clouds cover the people.” But the song promises Light will come, “for a Child is born.”

Several of us Sisters went caroling to our Sisters of Notre Dame Center in Whitehouse, Ohio. While the sisters were enjoying dinner, we gathered at the windows very safely distanced as we waved and sang. A couple nights later we could see the two planets, but we knew that bringing smiles to forty SND “stars” was another way to see the Bethlehem Star.

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