Thursday After Ash Wednesday Rev. Joseph Henchey, CSS St. Joseph’s Seminary "A New Spring-time" … Sun and moon bless the Lord. Stars of heaven, bless the Lord… Every shower and dew, bless the lord – all you winds, bless the Lord. Fire and heat, bless the Lord. Cold and chill bless the Lord. Dew and rain, bless the Lord, Frost and chill, bless the Lord. Night and days bless the Lord…! [Dn 3: 57, ff.]
These joyful words of the great Canticle of Daniel sound ironic in light of this year’s long and difficult winter. For some, there has been debilitating drought; for others, fearsome floods of precipitation; and for much of the northeast of our land, days spent in a vortex of bitter, almost paralyzing cold.