Monday, December 24, 2012

Living Christmas Everyday

Christmas Blessings!
 by Blessed James Alberione
     Whoever wishes may receive Jesus in the Eucharist every day, he who is the Son of Mary and the blessed fruit of her womb. In the soul from which sins have been weeded, Jesus lies down as if in a new manger; and he effects a physical and spiritual union with us that is transforming and is permanent by its very nature.  Jesus' mind, which is the rue sun, enlightens our intelligence with the splendors of the faith, and it allows us to see everything in the light of God.... We savor the truths of the Gospel. His will, which is so strong, constant and generous comes to the help of our weakness, our inconstancy and our egoism, communicating to us his divine energy, and leading us to say with St. Paul "I can do all things in him who strengthens me" (Phil. 4:13).  His heart, so aflame with love for God and people comes to inflame our heart... with the disciples of Emmaus we say "Did not our hearts burn within us as he talked to us on the road...?" (Lk. 24:32). Such union is transforming.
     For such fruits to happen, our reception of the Eucharist much be always more total: a union of mind, of heart, and of will. Preparation will orient our mind towards Jesus Truth, our sentiments towards Jesus Life, and our will toward Jesus Way.
     The act of thanksgiving (Eucharist) will establish and seal the union of our mind, heart and will with the thoughts, sentiments and desires of Jesus. This is the fulfillment of the first and greatest precept: "Love the Lord your God with all of your heart, with all of your soul, and will your whole mind (Mk. 12:31).
     Each day...we can celebrate a new Christmas!
  There is the eternal birth of the divine Son of the Father and there is the temporal birth of the Son of God by the virgin Mary; there is the real and mystical birth of Jesus Christ in the reception of the Eucharist. The Mass, especially completed by the reception of the Eucharist, constitutes the center, joy, light and strength of our day.  (Excerpt from the book Consider your Vocation)

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