Unless You Become Like Little Children

Sermon for the Nativity by Father Jérôme de la Résurrection, o.d.m.
During this Christmas season, Jesus invites us to descend with Him to the Manger at Bethlehem, like little children, very little children, very little – so little that no one will be able to recognize us, just as the Infant Jesus, the Son of God, was not recognizable. Truly, the Son of God hid Himself well. All the great ones of this world, and you might say practically all of humanity, were unaware of the sublime mystery that was happening in the Manger at Bethlehem. Yet it was the greatest event in all of History that was taking place: God becoming a Child out of love for His creatures.

Novena to the Holy Child Jesus of Bethlehem

Novena to the Holy Child Jesus of Bethlehem – December 16 to 24
Inspired by the book Bethléem ou l’École de l’Enfant-Jésus (Bethlehem, or the School of the Child Jesus), by Msgr. Jean-Joseph Gaume.
These beautiful prayers are also proper as meditations all through the Christmas season and even all year round.

The holy season of Advent

My dear brothers and sisters, we have  entered the holy season of Advent, which prepares for the great feast of Christmas.  Religious feast days are grand and important, depending upon the way we prepare ourselves for them.  Simply from the human standpoint, even if people often do not know exactly what they are celebrating at Christmas time, look at all the preparations they make for the feast:  there is so much activity, commotion and running around, it is such a production!  Everyone puts an incredible amount of energy into preparing for this feast.  This is because subconsciously, at least as a tradition, Christmas is a great celebration for them.  Christmas is certainly among the prominent feast days of the year.  And I repeat, a feast takes on importance depending on the care we take in preparing for it.