Christmas Carol: Little Donkey

From St Jose Maria Escriva website here
From the DVD ‘Christmas Voices’, by Eremeran Hills Study Centre (Sydney, Australia) Download the carol
“Continue thinking about the donkey’s good qualities and notice how in order to do anything worth while, it has to allow itself to be ruled by the will of whoever is leading it… On its own the donkey would only… make an ass of itself. Probably the brightest thing that would occur to it to do would be to roll over on the ground, trot to the manger and start braying.
“Dear Jesus”, you too should say to him, “ut iumentum factus sum apud te! — you have made me be your little donkey. Please don’t leave me: et ego semper tecum! — and I will stay with you always. Lead me, tightly harnessed by your grace: Tenuisti manum dexteram meam… — you have led me by the halter; et in voluntate tua deduxisti me… — make me do your Will. And so I will love you for ever and ever — et cum gloria suscepisti me! ”The Forge, 381
Christmas carol: Little Donkey 

Little donkey, little donkey
on the dusty road
Got to keep on plodding onwards
with your precious load
Been a long time, little donkey,
through the winters night
Dont give up now, little donkey,
Bethlehem’s in sight
Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Little donkey, little donkey,
had a heavy day
Little donkey, carry Mary
safely on her way
Little donkey, little donkey,
journey’s end is near
There are wisemen waiting
for a sign to bring them here
Do not falter little donkey,
there’s a star ahead
It will guide you, little donkey,
to a cattle shed
Ring out those bells tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Follow that star tonight
Bethlehem, Bethlehem
Little donkey, little donkey,
had a heavy day
Little donkey, carry Mary,
safely on her way
Little donkey, carry Mary,
safely on her way

Find out more about St Josemaria’s ‘theology of the little donkey’ here

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