Contemplata aliis Tradere

A meagre contribution to the mission and work of the Order of Preachers: my reflections, thoughts, ideas and the occasional rant on matters mainly theological, philosophical and ecclesiastical, drawn primarily from my reading and experience of life and the world. Striving to be always Catholic, firmly Christian and essentially Dominican, flavoured with dashes of Von Balthasar.

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A son of the English Province of the Order of Friars Preachers (Dominicans); born in Malaysia but have lived in the USA, Singapore, the UK & the Philippines for varying durations. A pilgrim and way-farer, a searcher for Truth on the journey of Life... "Wherever the Catholic sun doth shine, There’s always laughter and good red wine. At least I’ve always found it so. Benedicamus Domino!" - Hilaire Belloc

Friday, November 25, 2005

Prima Nix!

Looking out of the window today during the Midday Office, I noticed the smallest flecks of white drifting from the darkened sky... and so the long-forecast snow had arrived in Cambridge; the first snow fall of winter, one month before Christmas! Even now as I write this, the snow has been falling steadily and is becoming heavier. It never fails to amaze me, this miracle of nature we call snow. I remember trying to explain this phenomenon to my students in the Philippines and found it quite impossible to help them imagine gentle flakes of snow falling from the heavens. Only a fortnight ago, I came across a book with electro-magnetic microscopic photos of individual snow flakes, and they are indeed beautiful and symmetrical, more delicate than gossamer lace. Truly, nothing can surpass God's inventiveness and beauty in His creation!

Of course, snow can spell treacherously dangerous roads for many and other more unpleasant things and I pray for those who have to travel in such inclement conditions, especially the elderly... But something about seeing snow fall brings out the child in me and this charming little rhyme below from 'The House at Pooh Corner' by A. A. Milne was pointed out to me as a worthy little ditty with which to celebrate the first snow fall of the year.

"The more it
The more it
The more it

And nobody
How cold my
How cold my


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