DEBUT RETREAT

A twitch turns to a spasm; a spasm turns to a convulsion; a convulsion turns to a throe. A great heap of living tissue squirms to get out from its nest.

The virgin will conceive and give birth to a son, and they will call him Immanuel (which means "God with us"). Matthew 1:23

When it comes upon you, there is no choice. I say, when it comes upon you, there is no caterwauling for freedom from suffering. A sin is faced with damnation; a wound doused in spitting firewater. When your innards coil; when your teeth kill the tongue in your mouth; when your mind swims with the craving for death, remember: God loves you.

and she gave birth to her firstborn, a son. She wrapped him in cloths and placed him in a manger, because there was no guest room available for them. Luke 2:7

A body built from the holy rib is capable of surviving such contortions, as the Lord meant. The ones who do not are the ones who were sinning from the time their own crafted them. Mans medicines’, too, poison the load. May the mother live to see her little ones burn and then, eventually, have their tiny hands drag her under as well. And of course, their fathers will be waiting. Their fathers will be waiting.

On the eighth day, when it was time to circumcise the child, he was named Jesus, the name the angel had given him before he was conceived. Luke 2:21

When it is weaned off of the breast, when it no longer wails for your milk; 'Mother! Mother!', when its eyes are emptied of familiarity and need, slit its throat. Send it back to the dirt where it will rejuvenate once more, for the innocence of it must be preserved for the good of the Lord before it is stolen; the fate of many of the infantile.

Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; he is the Messiah, the Lord. This will be a sign to you: You will find a baby wrapped in cloths and lying in a manger." Suddenly a great company of the heavenly host appeared with the angel, praising God and saying, "Glory to God in the highest heaven, and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests." Luke 2:11-14