Pauca Verba is Latin for A Few Words.

Monday, December 19, 2016

O Root ~ December 19

Photo: Nicholas Ditrano

O root of Jesse, you stand as a signal for the nations; kings fall silent before you whom the peoples acclaim. O come to deliver us, and do not delay.

Here is a photograph of the base of an old fir tree in late autumn. The tree itself must be seventy feet high, but it's been able to stay standing straight, even thought the ground is steep because it apparently has strong roots. 

And here are eight quotes about roots. We might consider each of them, or even just one or two - mindful that in the antiphon today, the Church calls upon Jesus, giving him the name: Root.  The lines take on a whole new meaning for our lives when we put the two together. Try it. In some cases you can even substitute the name of Jesus for the word Root.

"Storms make trees take deeper roots." Dolly Parton

"A tree without roots is just a piece of wood." Marco Pierre White

"All things must come to the soul from its roots, where it is planted." St. Teresa of Avila

"Maybe you are searching among the branches for what only appears in the roots."  Rumi

"Deep roots are not reached by the frost." Anonymous

"Fortunate are the people whose roots are deep." Agnes Mayer Driscoll

"Got Roots?"  Family reunion T shirt

"A person will not be established by wickedness, but the roots of the righteous will not be moved.  Proverbs 12:3

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