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Snow and the Spiritual Life

January 24, 2017 by  
Filed under Fr. Najim, Holiness, Spiritual Direction, Spiritual Growth, Videos

Snow and the Spiritual Life


What does snow have to do with the spiritual life?


Editor's Comment: Many of us might not think there is a connection — between the two — other than that the fresh, sparkling snow manifests the glory and wonder and power of the Almighty. Here, I am reminded of the canticle, proclaimed with one voice by the three young men (Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego) who were thrown in the furnace by King Nebuchadnezzar for refusing to worship a golden statue he had set up. One of the lines of that canticle, which the Church prays on many Sundays, feasts and solemnities, during the Liturgy of the Hours' Morning Prayer, is “Ice and snow, bless the Lord; praise and exalt him above all forever” (cf Daniel 3:6, 19-20, 70).

In this video, Father Michael Najim is able to draw a lesson from the snow and translate that into a bit of spiritual direction for us.  He posted this six years ago, in January of 2011, during a particularly snowy winter in Rhode Island; but, his spiritual message continues to be both relevant and timeless. As well, it's good advice for growing in holiness throughout the coming year. … And, yes, Father Najim really does not like the cold weather!



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Video, and feature image video still, used for this post: courtesy of Father Michael Najim and used with permission.

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About Fr. Michael Najim

Fr. Michael Najim is a priest of the Diocese of Providence. He is Pastor of St. Pius X Parish in Westerly, Rhode Island and has been the Director of Spiritual Formation at Our Lady of Providence Seminary and Chaplain of LaSalle Academy, a coed Catholic high school in Providence, RI. He is the author of Radical Surrender: Letters to Seminarians, published by the Institute for Priestly Formation. He also blogs at Fr. Michael Najim's Blog.

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  • Patricia

    This was also the thought of St. Therese – many, many acts of love for Jesus throughout the day….even to the point of folly. These added up to make her a great saint. She had something to say about Snow and the Spiritual Life too!
    “Do you remember my telling you, dear Mother, how fond I am of snow? While I was still quite small, its whiteness entranced me. Why had I such a fancy for snow? Perhaps it was because, being a little winter flower, my eyes first saw the earth clad in its beautiful white mantle. So, on my clothing day, I wished to see it decked, like myself, in spotless white. …. I saw that, in spite of the mildness of the weather, it was covered with snow. What a delicate attention on the part of Jesus! Gratifying the least wish of His little Spouse, He even sent her this. Everyone was amazed, and since then many people, hearing of my desire, have described this event as “the little miracle” of my clothing day, and thought it strange I should be so fond of snow. So much the better, it shows still more the wonderful condescension of the Spouse of Virgins–of Him Who loves lilies white as the snow.” St. Therese

  • Carol

    Love it!

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