Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Graces for Christmas

The real "gift" at Christmas is Jesus himself. All of us can receive this gift -- if we want it!
Blessed James Alberione, the founder of the Daughters of St Paul and the whole Pauline Family, wrote this about asking for the real grace of Christmas:

In spirit, let us enter the grotto of Bethlehem where Jesus taught his first lessons–lessons of radical poverty and love. What prompted the Son of God to come to earth, clothe himself in human flesh and dwell among us? Love…. And what does Jesus want? Two things: the glory of God, that is to say, the glory of the Father, and then holiness–the salvation of all people of good will…. Let us ask ourselves if we have the firm will to become holy and to carry out the mission God has given us. Is this our predominant thought? When a person’s ideal is to become holy, when she wants to place everything in Jesus Christ and live in him, when she wants to imitate him, enter his school and serve him, then her good will is blessed by the Lord. If we ask for many things but fail to ask for this good will, then we are not asking for the graces proper to the manger.

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