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A Christmas Message From Catholic Stand

December 24, AD2015

CS_Merry Christmas Card

The aroma of fresh baked cookies. A warm crackling fire. The smell of a fresh cut fir or spruce, decorated with ornaments that hold special memories. The peace of attending midnight Mass, singing ancient yuletide carols. And the joy of celebrating a birthday – the birthday – that changed mankind’s fate, offering redemption and salvation with a gift that is beyond compare.

All of us at Little Vatican Media and Catholic Stand want to take this opportunity to wish all of our readers and subscribers a very blessed Christmas. May you and your family receive the joy and peace that only Christ can bring into your hearts and home. May you always know His presence in every aspect of your life.

We are blessed to share this e-publication with all of you. We began as a simple blog and have blossomed with the power of the Holy Spirit into something much more. The emails we receive from many of you are inspiring and humbling. People from around the world, sharing a common thread of faith, come here to find unity, strength and knowledge. We hope that our voices continue to inspire you to become all that God calls you to be. We trust that Catholic Stand continues to inspire you to learn and live the Truth that the Church teaches.

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A Christmas Message

As our Christmas gift to you, we offer you this message from the Office of Readings, Sermon from St Augustine, (Sermo 185: PL 38, 997-999).

Awake, mankind! For your sake God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God became man.

You would have suffered eternal death, had he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would never have returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened to your aid. You would have perished, had he not come.

Let us then joyfully celebrate the coming of our salvation and redemption. Let us celebrate the festive day on which he who is the great and eternal day came from the great and endless day of eternity into our own short day of time.

He has become our justice, our sanctification, our redemption, so that, as it is written: Let him who glories glory in the Lord.

Truth, then, has arisen from the earth: Christ who said, I am the Truth, was born of a virgin. And justice looked down from heaven: because believing in this new-born child, man is justified not by himself but by God.

Truth has arisen from the earth: because the Word was made flesh. And justice looked down from heaven: because every good gift and every perfect gift is from above. 

Truth has arisen from the earth: flesh from Mary. And justice looked down from heaven: for man can receive nothing unless it has been given him from heaven.

Justified by faith, let us be at peace with God: for justice and peace have embraced one another. Through our Lord Jesus Christ: for Truth has arisen from the earth. Through whom we have access to that grace in which we stand, and our boast is in our hope of God’s glory. He does not say: “of our glory,” but of God’s glory: for justice has not proceeded from us but has looked down from heaven. Therefore he who glories, let him glory, not in himself, but in the Lord.

For this reason, when our Lord was born of the Virgin, the message of the angelic voices was: Glory to God in the highest, and peace to his people on earth.

For how could there be peace on earth unless Truth has arisen from the earth, that is, unless Christ, were born of our flesh? And he is our peace who made the two into one: that we might be men of good will, sweetly linked by the bond of unity.

Let us then rejoice in this grace, so that our glorying may bear witness to our good conscience by which we glory, not in ourselves, but in the Lord. That is why Scripture says: He is my glory, the one who lifts up my head.For what greater grace could God have made to dawn on us than to make his only Son become the son of man, so that a son of man might in his turn become the son of God?

Ask if this were merited; ask for its reason, for its justification, and see whether you will find any other answer but sheer grace.


 

Merry Christmas from all of us at Little Vatican Media and Catholic Stand.

Peace be with you.

Diane

McKelva

 

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About the Author:

Recognized as the former Editor in Chief, Diane McKelva is now the Editor Emeritus of Catholic Stand. You can learn more about Diane and her work here.

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  • Ray Sullivan

    Mary Christ-Mass to all!

  • Elijah fan

    A good Christmas to all. Let us pray tonight for those who are alone especially some elderly… that God intervenes through humans near them and gets them into good old age homes. St. Anne’s home near me is a heaven of attentive nuns taking care of the very elderly. May God increase vocations to such orders.

    • Elijah Fan, thank you for that reminder. Our aging are the most precious among us. They have lived this life well and could teach us a lot, if we only chose to listen. Peace be with you.

  • Merry Christmas, Howard. We miss you. 😉 God bless.

  • I wish all of the staff and writers of Catholic Stand a very blessed Christmas! Your site really is food for the soul and much needed in the sea of news sites!

    • WelderChick, thank you, for the kind compliment. We are guided by the Holy Spirit. It’s not us. It’s all Christ who lives in us. Peace be with you. And have a blessed Christmas.

  • Merry Christmas to everyone at Catholic stand.