Hanukkah Begins at Sunset Today

[During Hanukkah devout Jews celebrate a wonderful miracle that took place after the Greeks were defeated in war and the Temple was purified  or cleansed  after being desecrated. The miracle was that the lamps burned eight days despite the fact there was oil enough for only one.   Here is a beautiful prayer for Hanukkah. For more about this festival, please visit JewFAQ]

How wonderful, O Lord, are the works of your hands!
The heavens declare your glory
The arch of sky displays your handiwork.
In your love you have given us the power
To behold the beauty of your world
Robed in all its splendor.
The sun and the stars, the valley and hills,
The river and lakes all disclose your presence.
The roaring breakers of the sea tell of your awesome might;
The beasts of the field and the bird of the air
Bespeak your wondrous will.
In your goodness you have made us able to hear
the music of the world. The voices of loved ones
Reveal to us that you are in our midst.
A divine voice sings through all creation.
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About Paul Wharton

I am a cradle Catholic, a native West Virginian, and a priest since April 24, 1982. Spiritual Direction has made a tremendous difference in my life and I encourage people to try it out. My motto is "Progress not perfection." I am grateful that God has done for me what I could not do for myself.
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One Response to Hanukkah Begins at Sunset Today

  1. Thank you for this wonderful post Fr. Paul. It evoked a powerful conversation at the gym yesterday when I walked up to a Jewish friend, looked him in the eye, and said “Happy Hanukkah.” With what was obvious surprise, he thanked me and said how much he appreciated that. We then engaged in a selfless dialogue about the caring, loving miracles of the God of Abraham, a dialogue respectful of both of our faith traditions in which we extolled a loving God who always provides. He mentioned Mitch Albom’s book, “Have A Little Faith,” which we both agreed sums up the overlap of faith traditions in such an almighty way – all because of how I was inspired by your post. Thank you again, and may the blessings, joys, miracles and love of this holiday season shower upon you and yours.

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