The season of Advent ought to inspire us with great desires to give ourselves to God, prepare our heart to receive the fullness of His graces and dispose ourselves to be reborn with Jesus Christ, or to put it better, profit from the fruits of His Birth by the union we ought to have with Him, which only the love of God can form in us.
Summary of the Gospel narrative of the Saviour’s apparitions. Let us admire the wisdom and goodness of Jesus, who wanted to multiply the proofs of His resurrection. The Apostles were decisively converted and transformed. Previously fearful and hesitant, they now braved torture and death to declare the resurrection of the Master. Crowds were converted thousands at a time. Martyrs began to shed their blood. Witnesses of the resurrection did not retreat in the face of scourgings, the teeth of ferocious beasts, fire and sword. Christ had indeed risen: they would proclaim it even at the cost of their life; they would give unto the last drop of their blood to attest to this truth.
Jesus was born, and behold, the heavens rang out in hymns of joy as the Angels sang the canticle of triumph, Glory to God in the highest! and the canticle of peace, Peace on earth to men of good will!
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.
For a Christian, Christmas ought to be the ideal occasion to tear himself away from the tumult of the world in order to plunge himself body and soul into the supernatural spirit, and to immerse himself in the great mystery of God being born in utter humility and poverty. On the contrary, it is unfortunately the spirit of the World that prevails everywhere during the Christmas season. Even the baptized make of Christmas not a holy Christian feast but a feast of amusement, dancing and worldly gatherings, overindulgence, pride and excessive expenses.
The holy season of Lent, which begins on Ash Wednesday and concludes on Easter Sunday, was instituted by the Apostles in imitation of Our Lord’s forty-day fast in the desert…