Baby-Jesus-at-the-tree…The shepherds said to one another, “Let us go, then, to Bethlehem to see this thing that has taken place, which the Lord has made known to us.” Luke 2:15b

We who have heard the announcement of the birth of Christ–not from an angelic choir but from the Church’s Sacred Scripture and Tradition–should also “go to Bethlehem” (our local parish) and “see this thing that has taken place.”  Gathered at the altar of the Lord, we can share the wonder of the shepherds and from our common poverty as sojourners on the earth we offer Him all we really can: our praise and tender love.  And as in Bethlehem, He comes to be with us, and to rest in our hearts if we only draw near to Him.

May all celebrate the Birth of the Savior with great joy and hope this year!  From Rome, we can also see the live streaming Christmas Mass from the Vatican with Pope Francis (or later as video archive).  Let us all pray especially for peace in the most troubled places of the world.

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Blessings for a Happy Christmas to All,

Servants of the Lord and the Virgin of Matará
Province of the Immaculate Conception
Religious Family of the Incarnate Word

NOTE: This year’s Baby Jesus at the Juniorate in Washington has been clothed as a little monk in honor of the Year of Consecrated Life.  He wears a habit which is an amalgam of various habits intended not to represent a single order, but rather to symbolize the tradition of consecration known throughout the ages.  He also bears three small books each with prayer intentions related to the Year of Consecrated Life: Liturgy of Hours, Volume 1 (Advent and Christmas), “Constitutions” (Rule), and The Spiritual Canticle of St. John of the Cross (yes, Carmelite, but of such great universal teaching of the spiritual life for all).  May all those in consecrated life draw close to the Infant King this year so as to find anew the Poor, Chaste and Obedient One who is Alpha and Omega of our way of life.

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