From the writings of Blessed James Alberione
The Manger is Way, Truth and Life
The manger is way
Descending from the heavens, Jesus does not choose to open a great university before men’s eyes. He comes to us instead, in a cave where the animals find refuge. And Mary, instrument of Divine Providence, places him in a manger. The reign of God begins always like a mustard seed. The works of God begin in this way. Blessed is the one who begins from the manger.
The manger is truth
The manger is the center of the story. The manger is a lamp for humanity, a lamp that must give light to all humanity: ”He was the true light that enlightens every man.” (John 1:9) Since then, everything flows from the Son of God, who is the light, the Truth and Wisdom of the Father, so then all of the human and theological sciences find their center in the manger, because the true Master is Christ. All light comes from Jesus. God in his mercy, gives us His wisdom.
The manger is life
The manger is grace. All the good things that we could ever desire or seek, we find in the Child Jesus lying on the hay in the manger. Jesus is totally poor as regards earthly goods but he is totally rich in heavenly goods, or better still, he is the wealth of the Father and of men. Let us go to him with trust and express to him our personal needs, the needs of humanity, the needs of our brothers and sisters, the needs of all we love and who love us. Let us remember everyone, widening our hearts, especially let us reach out to those in need of spiritual help.
A new manger
In the soul wounded by sin Jesus comes as in a new manger. He affects in us a transforming and permanent physical and spiritual union. Jesus enlightens our intelligence with the splendors of the faith, We see everything and judge everything in the light of God. We savor the truths of the Gospel. Our memory and imagination are sanctified. Our will is united with all our faculties, disciplining and orienting them towards God. We turn toward God's captivating beauty and his inexhaustible goodness. God's will, strong, constant and generous, corrects our weakness, our inconstancy and our egoism.
God communicates divine grace so that we say with St. Paul, “I can do all things in him who strengthens me” (Phil. 4:13)." Cf Alberione, Christmas Meditation
What are the mangers in your life? Ask Jesus to fill them with his presence in the company of Mary and Joseph
What areas of your life need the light of Christ?
Ask the Holy Spirit to enlighten you, to sanctify you so that Christ is born anew in you.
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Sr. Margaret Charles Kerry, FSP, celebrates 40 years of life and mission as a Daughter of St. Paul. With a Masters from Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, she gives presentations on the vocation and mission of the laity, media literacy, and evangelization. She directed the Association of Pauline Cooperators for 15 years and was creative editor of The Pauline Cooperator magazine. An author (St. Anthony of Padua: Fire & Light; Strength in Darkness: John of the Cross), Sr. Margaret Charles is working on a young adult book. You can reach her at firstname.lastname@example.org.