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Thursday, December 25, 2008

Christ Mass and the Magi Caravan

Today is Christmas, which is the condensed version of its original meaning Christ Mass. As usual, we attended Midnight Mass at St. John the Baptist Catholic Church in Newburgh. It's always a beautiful way to usher in Christmas, with Candle Light, Christmas Decorations, Glorious Music and the bringing out of the High Mass Regalia, which now days is only used for Christmas, Easter, Funerals and Weddings.

This Christ Mass; however, had a special "Oliver Twist" to it when I was asked earlier in the day by Father Joe to pick up a caravan of characters going through an addiction rehab program at Stepping Stones and bring them to Mass and take them back afterwards. We were the perfect Magi Caravan for the Christ Child, not unlike his later Disciples. A band of struggling vagrants journeying through various stages of life, all seeking the Divine and enlightenment in a dark world and even darker night.

It reminded me that perhaps we Knights of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale should be more open to others plight, especially the addiction to alcohol, drugs, sex, etc. However, we have great jolly fun in our writings, which will continue, so please don't be offended.  

That said, I'm also reminded of the lyrics by Jethro Tull, "The Christmas Spirit is not what you drink." There are many ways to Think, Drink and Be Merry! You can drink in the knowledge and wonder that surrounds you without drinking alcohol. You can most assuredly be merry without alcohol. And clear thinking is a hallmark of the sober mind; however, not always as open to the other dimensions of existence.

Therefore, one does not have to "drink" in the common sense of the word to be a Knight of Moleskine, Spirit and Ale, just as one does not have to be Divine to enjoy the fruits of heaven, as we celebrate that great mystery on this day.

So, Think, Drink and Be Merry in Your Own Special Way this Christ Mass!

Sir Hook the Magi Caravan Driver of Warrick
"Hey Santa, pass that bottle over here, will ya."


  1. Think of others
    Give yourself away
    To sisters and brothers

    Drink in Life's possibilities
    Using God-given gifts
    And all your abilities

    And Be Merry and Fun!
    Keeping Christmas well
    "God Bless Us, Every One!"

    Sir Bowie of Greenbriar