Where Love Shines: An Epiphany

Love can take many forms.

A gentle hand on a feverish brow.

A knowing smile across a crowded room.

A deep breath that swallows a word best left unsaid.

And once, in all of human history, love took the form of a star.

And behold, the star that they had seen at its rising preceded them,

until it came and stopped over the place where the child was.

They were overjoyed at seeing the star,

and on entering the house

they saw the child with Mary his mother.

They prostrated themselves and did him homage.

Then they opened their treasures

and offered him gifts of gold, frankincense, and myrrh.

From Matthew 2


In the darkness of the world, love shone through even brighter. That, too, is the nature of love – the darker the night, the brighter the star. With that in mind, I would like to invite you to join me in “The Love Project” (http://heidihesssaxton.wordpress.com/the-love-project/), a series of posts, quotes, and stories that showcase the many kinds of human love, and how that love images the love of God in the world. If you have a favorite quote or story that you would like to contribute, please either post a link on the website, or send it to me at (Enable Javascript to see the email address).

This project will continue every day through Valentine’s Day – and possibly after that, if enough people want to participate.  Each day I include a little “Today’s Love in Action” step to help you shine a little brighter in your corner of the world. I hope you find time to join us . . . and maybe leave a comment!

God bless you!

Heidi Hess Saxton, new Editorial Director at Ascension Press,  is the author of Raising Up Mommy and My Big Book of Catholic Bible Stories. Heidi blogs at A Rosary for my GPS, an online resource for mothers of adopted, fostered, and special needs children. She and her husband foster-adopted their two children in 2002.

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