Sunday, December 25, 2011

A Little Something Extra...Christmas

Christmas Meditations from the Saints

“Celebrate the feast of Christmas every day, even every moment in the interior temple of your spirit, remaining like a baby in the bosom of the heavenly Father, where you will be reborn each moment in the Divine Word, Jesus Christ.” – St. Paul of the Cross

“It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you. Yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” – Blessed Teresa of Calcutta

“Let the just rejoice,
for their Justifier is born.
Let the sick and infirm rejoice,
For their Saviour is born.
Let the captives rejoice,
For their Redeemer is born.
Let slaves rejoice,
for their Master is born.
Let free men rejoice,
For their Liberator is born.
Let All Christians rejoice,
For Jesus Christ is born.” – St. Augustine

“All join to praise this holy feast, beholding the Godhead here on earth, and man in heaven. He who is above, now for our redemption dwells here below; and he that was lowly is by divine mercy raised.” – St. John Chrysostom

“He made Himself a enable you to become a perfect man; He was wrapped in swaddling clothes to free you from the bonds of death....He came down on earth to enable you to rise up to heaven; He had no place in the inn so that you might have mansions in heaven. He, being rich, became poor for our sake – St. Paul says – so as to enrich us with His poverty....The tears of this crying child purify men, they wash away my sins.” - St. Ambrose

“Let Your goodness Lord appear to us, that we
made in your image, conform ourselves to it.
In our own strength
we cannot imitate Your majesty, power, and wonder
nor is it fitting for us to try.
But Your mercy reaches from the heavens
through the clouds to the earth below.
You have come to us as a small child,
but you have brought us the greatest of all gifts,
the gift of eternal love
Caress us with Your tiny hands,
embrace us with Your tiny arms
and pierce our hearts with Your soft, sweet cries.” – St. Bernard of Clairvaux

Wishing You a Blessed Christmas!

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