FOR LOVE OF MEN MADE MAN

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From an old prayer for the blessing of the Christmas Crib:

“Lord Jesus, Child of Bethlehem, for love of men made Man:  Create in us Love so pure and perfect that whatsoever our Heart loves may be after thy Will, in thy Name, and for thy Sake; who now lives and reigns in the Glory of the Eternal Trinity for ever and ever. Amen.”

 

MOVE OVER A BIT

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The trees are up.  The cat is ready.  The Sisters are….well, mostly.  I love the words of the song:  “People look East, The time is near Of the crowning of the year.  Make you house fair as you are able, Trim the hearth and set the table.  People look East and sing today: LOVE THE GUEST IS ON THE WAY.”

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Bennie the cat knows who he is waiting for (sort of) although he will have to move over a bit.  It is easy to forget what this season is all about and that Christmas begins on the eve of the 24th and lasts for 12 Days….and can be extended until Candlemas on February 2.  It is about the Divine GUEST whose birth we celebrate.  Christmas is not always “happy” but it should be greeted with deep inner joy of heart.  “Christ our Savior is born!”  Of course, we too have to move over a bit……

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