Ad Majorem Dei Gloriam

Essential thinking for reading Catholics.

Saturday, December 24, 2005

Let me cut to the chase on this Christmas Eve. Merry Christmas to all out there in Blogville, to the old friends and new ones found here. I am grateful for your presence and your friendship, which I consider to be a providential fingerprint. I hope and pray your Christmas is filled with joy and peace and love. I pray you keep in your prayers all those people whose Christmas--whose everyday life--is filled not with joy, but with anguish; not with peace, but with strife; not with love but with loneliness. Pray for those people who are facing want, hatred, need and despair. Pray you find it within your heart to be a light to just one person.

Since I'm all traditionalist and stuff, I like things Douay Rheims-ish (not sure which version, but there ya go):

"And there were in the same country shepherds watching, and keeping watch over their flock by night. And behold, an angel of the Lord stood by them, and the brightness of God shone round about them; and they were sore afraid. And the angel said unto them: Fear not; for, behold, I bring you glad tidings of great joy, that shall be to all people: For this day in the city of David, is born to you a Saviour, which is Christ the Lord. And this shall be a sign unto you. Ye shall find the infant wrapped in swaddling clothes, and laid in a manger. And suddenly there was with the angel a multitude of the heavenly host, praising God, and saying: Glory to God in the highest; and on earth, peace to men of good will."

And of course,

"The people that walked in darkness, have seen a great light: to them that dwelt in the region of the shadow of death, light is risen. [...]For a CHILD IS BORN to us, and a son is given us, and governance is upon his shoulder: and his name shall be called, Wonderful Counsellor, God Almighty, the Father of the world to come, the Prince of Peace."

That's what Christmas is all about Charlie Brown. Merry Christmas to all...

Pax et Bonum Dei,

-J.