Let the words of my mouth and the meditation of my heart be acceptable in your sight, O LORD, my rock and my redeemer.
Thank you to Chaplain Bonner-Stewart for asking me to give the word of the day during the season of Advent. As the daughter of an Episcopal minister, it brings me great joy to speak to you from the pulpit. I want to start with the legend of La Befana. She is the Italian Christmas witch. She is like our Santa Claus. I had never heard of her until I married Papa Joe Catania. As you know he is of Italian descent. Here's her story.
La Befana was at home one day, cooking and cleaning when she heard a knock at the door and when she opened it there stood three kings. Behind them was a large group of villagers who had joined the wise men along their journey to find the Christ child and worship him. The kings invited her as well to follow the star and seek the Christ with them so that they can worship him and give him gifts, but she declined because she had too much cooking and housework to do. And she shut the door.