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]

Tuesday, December 23, 2008

Christmas Reflections: Salvation Has Come!

I know all of us are very busy with the final preparations for our Christmas Eve dinners and gatherings. But I think it would be profitable for us to stop awhile and reflect on the true meaning of Christmas -- the true meaning for the holidays, the dinners, and the gatherings -- which is none other than the birth of our Savior. I wish to share with you a Christmas Reflection by the late Father Horacio de la Costa, the first Filipino Provincial of the Society of Jesus.

"There is no room in an Inn for Him who made room and to spare, for the Milky Way, and where God is homeless, all men are at home.

We were promised a savior, but we never dreamed God Himself would come and save us. We know that He loved us, but we never dared to think that he loved us so much as to become one of us.

But that is the way God gives. His gifts are never quite what we expect, but always something better than we hoped for. We can only dream of things too good to be true; God has a habit of giving things too true to be false. That is why our faith is a faith of the unexpected, a religion of surprise.

Now, more than ever, living in times so troubled, facing a future so uncertain, we need such faith. We need it for ourselves, and we need to give it to others."

- Fr. Horacio de la Costa, S.J.

A Blessed Christmas to All!


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