S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Friday, December 21, 2007

The Graces of Christmas

Tomorrow is the last Sunday of Advent. Our preparation for the commemoration of our Lord's Birth has reached its peak. But perhaps it would be helpful if we include in our reflections two persons very vital to the realizing of our Lord's Birth -- Mary and Joseph.
We have heard in the Gospels that our Lady accepted the challenge of God for her, to be the Mother of Jesus. In this Liturgy's Gospel, we also heard of Joseph's docility to the Will of God, to be the foster father and the protector of the Holy Family.
So, as we celebrate Christmas, it would be nicer if we think of Joseph's and Mary's docility to the Will of God and to their selfless offering of their persons for the filfillment of God's promise and will. Maybe we can ask for this grace this Christmas: that we truly be open to God's will in our lives, and that we may have the heart and the will to follow it. Who knows, graces might just flow out from our docility and openness, as it once did with Mary and Joseph. Amen.

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