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The 2010 French film “Of Gods And Men” directed by Xavier Bueavois tells the story of a small community of Trappist monks who lived peacefully among their Arab neighbours in the tiny Cistercian priory of Our Lady of Atlas in the Atlas mountains near Tibhirine in Algeria, in the closing decades of the twentieth century.

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I was introduced on Wednesday to Sylvia Plath’s beautiful and holy poem, “Black Rook In Rainy Weather.” It is such a perfect Advent meditation, I could not resist posting it today.

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41 Now every year his parents went to Jerusalem for the festival of the Passover.

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39 When they had finished everything required by the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.

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36 There was also a prophet, Anna the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.

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33And the child’s father and mother were amazed at what was being said about him.

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27and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law, 28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying,
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27and when the parents brought in the child Jesus, to do for him what was customary under the law,28Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, 

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22When the time came for their purification according to the law of Moses, they brought Jesus up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord

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21After eight days had passed, it was time to circumcise the child; and he was called Jesus, the name given by the angel before he was conceived in the womb.

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