November 25th • St. Alphonsus' Meditations For Advent, Christmas, and Epiphany
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Each day, beginning on December 1st and continuing through January 6th, you will receive one meditation in your email inbox. In the week before Advent begins, we will send you a few email messages to help you prepare for this powerful journey. We want the Baby Jesus to be born in your heart this Christmas in a new and deeper way and we hope that the mediations and prayers of St. Alphonsus will help you to prepare a place for him.
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November 26th • St. Alphonsus' Meditations • Introduction
My Dear Parishioners,
In March of this year the Lord granted me a very special grace. Between the 16th and 25th of March, I was able to walk the more than 100 kilometers that separate the cities of Nazareth and Bethlehem recalling the journey that the Holy Family made that first Christmas. Those were ten wonderful and unrepeatable days that gave me the opportunity to contemplate the mystery of a God who became a child in the womb of a young girl and who went in search of the humblest village in Judea in which to be born and live among us.
Those were days that I will never forget. The fields were beginning to green in the spring air and the sun gilded the rough lands of Palestine with warm yellows. The birds, migrating north after their winter stay in Africa, filled the air with their cheerful song, full of color and of life.
I took that stretch of my pilgrimage with the greatest seriousness. I lived it as if I were truly helping Saint Joseph in his endeavor to take his family, a beautiful young woman and an unborn child, to his hometown. Nowadays Palestine is a predominantly Muslim country. Mosques send the call to prayer from every hill and the Christian presence has almost disappeared. In order to live in the presence of God with greater devotion, I made the decision to carry with me in a silver travel pyx, a consecrated Host that accompanied me with each step until I arrived in Bethlehem. The sacramental Jesus went with me always. I held Him constantly close to me, as close as Mary carried the Lord in her virginal womb. It was wonderful to be able to carry the Child Jesus physically back to the City of David. I took Him and He accompanied me. Wherever "Abuna" (as the Catholic priests are called in Arabic) passed, I brought with me the Eucharistic Presence that blessed again the places through which He had passed two thousand years ago in the company of His Mother and Saint Joseph. So for me, the Advent that we are about to begin is quite special. Each day I will return in memory to the paths of the Holy Land and will revisit them in my mind and in my heart.
Preparing the translations of St. Alphonsus Maria de Liguori has also been an authentic source of grace for me. It has been a kind of "second Advent", between the one I lived in the Holy Land in May and the one we are preparing to celebrate with the whole parish in this month of December. Three Advents in a single year ... is that not certainly a great blessing? Lord, forgiveness and mercy ...
This year at St. Anne, (can I say it is the best parish in the world?) we have a very special guest, a unique man who will accompany us as a guide on our spiritual pilgrimage. He will lead us to an encounter with the Child who is TRULY born on the night of December 24th and who WISHES TO DWELL IN YOUR HEART. I encourage you not to become distracted. Do not abandon this travel companion that we are going to introduce you to. Trust him because he knows how to reach our destination. Let yourself go. Be a child again - for that, too, is Christmas.
Who is this guide, this fellow traveler, this friend who will lead you to the manger of Bethlehem? If you allow me, I'll briefly introduce you tomorrow.
Are you ready to live a holy and special Advent at St. Anne?
God bless you,
November 27th • St. Alphonsus' Meditations • Great Traveling Companion For This Advent
St. Alphonsus Maria Liguori has been ‘one of my favorite saints’ since my childhood. (I write it in quotations because I say this about many saints!) In St. Alphonsus’ case, I remember that as a child in Catholic Action I was given many of his works to read, both the greatest and best known and the smaller and lesser known. I remember with special affection his booklet, “Prayer, the great means of Salvation and of Perfection”, which St. Alphonsus always considered his most important work because of the subject matter, and above all, "The Practice of the Love of Jesus Christ" which remains one of the books that has left the deepest impression on my spirituality. Yes, with all my imperfections I confess to be a bad disciple of this great teacher.
But, without a doubt, the best book that St. Alphonsus ever wrote was his own life. An amazing life, monumental and apostolically dazzling, that began in Naples in 1696. An admirable life, full of achievements, anecdotes, and details that have always impressed me:
- I am impressed to read that St. Alphonsus began studying at the University of Naples at the age of 12 and that at 16, having graduated summa cum laude, he was already a Doctor of Civil Law and Canon Law.
- I am impressed by the education he and his six brothers received in his noble class family, learning to speak several languages, as well receiving instruction in music, the arts and the customs of the Royal Court. Later, as a priest, he used those talents to serve the Lord. I'll tell you more about that tomorrow, God willing.
- I am impressed by the story of his "conversion", and I use quotation marks again because
Alphonsus was always a good Christian, who often visited Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament, prayed with devotion to the Virgin Mary and met with a good priest of Naples for spiritual direction to grow in his Christian life. Even so, his attention was focused on life in the world until the event that changed his entire existence. Let me tell you about it…
There was a famous lawsuit between the important Medici families of Tuscany and the Orsini of the Campania regarding a property in the fiefdom of Amatrice. For their defense, the Orsinis chose the services of the best lawyer in Naples, St. Alphonsus, who, in his 10 years of professional practice of law, had never lost a single case. However ... without St. Alphonsus knowing it, the trial had been "rigged" in favor of the interests of the Duke of Tuscany. It seems that a vital document to which he was entitled in his defense of the case was withheld from St. Alphonsus. Knowledge of this document would have determined a different line of defense and despite his eloquence and competence, his work and effort, the case was lost and it made him lose his mind.
It is said that, while the judge read the sentence, Alfonso, the young lawyer of 26 years, disappointed by the vanity of a world that one day exalts you and the next morning buries you in contempt, hit the table repeatedly with his fists while, gritting his teeth, he could be heard whispering and repeating: "World, world, I already know you!" He did not speak to anyone; he left the courtroom in silence with his head down. When he arrived at home, he locked himself in his room for three days, without eating or speaking to anyone, ignoring the shouting of his father who kept pounding on the door and asking him to come out. When he finally left his room, the man who came out was no longer the young man who had entered nor were his plans the same. He had made a decision to leave everything to follow Christ and he embraced this resolution with all of his heart until the end of his life.
- I am impressed by the beginnings of his apostolic life when, at the age of 30, he was ordained a priest against the will of his father who disapproved of his son’s decision. But St Alphonsus... Alphonsus was determined and was of no less character than his father.
There is an anecdote that, being as an old man of almost 90 years, St. Alphonsus had to meet with a gentleman to discuss an issue for which there could be no mutual agreement. Gently, St. Alphonsus asked him to kindly be seated at the far end of the table, some distance from him. Asked by the gentleman why they should speak from so far away, St. Alphonsus said to him: "’It is that I, Your Lordship ... I am hot-tempered!’ I did not want to have him too close to avoid the temptation to beat him.”
- It impresses me how St. Alphonsus went from wealth and fame to apostolic work in the poorest neighborhoods of Naples and how he dedicated himself to the conversion of simple people. He gathered the children and the humble people in the open air and taught them the catechism. At almost 60 years of age, he founded the Congregation of the Most Holy Redeemer to devote himself to parish missions through towns and cities in southern Italy. This Christmas, it is as if he came to give the mission to us here, at St. Anne!
- I am impressed by the vow he made to never waste time. Let's think about this: he didn’t waste a minute of his life from the time he made the vow ... and he lived to be 90 years old! Only his total dedication to Christ can explain that during the last 30 years of his life he wrote more than 100 books in both Latin and in Italian that are all masterpieces of theology (he is the patron of confessors and moralists) and spirituality. He wrote more than 3 books every year! He was chosen by the Pope as bishop of Santa Águeda, but St. Alphonsus resigned from the episcopate. The Pope forced him to accept, which he did with these words, "I fulfill the Will of God. This suffering I accept for my sins. "
He was an admirable bishop: he visited all the towns of his diocese every two years and in all of them he organized parish missions. In times of famine he sold everything, including his bishop's ring, to help the poor. His prayer life was not reduced by so much activity; on the contrary, it was prayer that made everything he did bear fruit.
- I am impressed, that at his death at the age of 90, worn out, almost blind and deaf, and exhausted by a life in which he kept nothing for himself, the "warrior" (for that is the meaning of his name), had fought the battle well and was called to rest by his Lord and his Lady. The lawyer, the Neapolitan nobleman, the bishop, the missionary, the founder, the poet, the musician, the saint, the devoted son of Mary, finally closed his eyes to this world on August 1, 1787.
St. Alphonsus is a remarkable personality. He towers above us as the highest peaks rise above the hills. His spiritual life is exemplified in his apostolic zeal,"Because I love Jesus Christ, I burn with the desire to give him souls, first mine and then as many others as possible.", in his love for our Mother, "My salvation depends on the Rosary", in his power in prayer, " There are no strong and weak men, there are people who pray and people who do not pray ", for his continued consideration over time and the eternal truths (hell, heaven ...) but, above all St. Alphonsus stands out for his burning, crazed, tender love for Jesus Christ as we will see throughout Advent. He loved him above all in the Mystery of the Eucharist, celebrating the Holy Mass with the greatest devotion and spending daily hours in His presence in silent adoration. He used to say that at the end of our lives, the best times, the times we will feel most proud of, will be the ones we have spent with the sacramental Jesus before the tabernacle.
I am left with simple anecdotes: I imagine him, for example, praying the Stations of the Cross barefoot in the hallway of the residence because he did not want to wake the brothers who were sleeping with the sound of his boots. Or the stooped, elderly man, nearly blind and deaf, who at the end of his life spent hours in the chapel and, sometimes, thinking that no one saw or heard him, would approach the tabernacle and touching the small door would say to Jesus with love, "Signore, mi senti?" Lord, do you hear me?
We could not have found a better traveling companion for this Advent at St. Anne. We have brought him from the past so that he can move our hearts and help us find Christ -- the Christ for whom in Advent, we seek, and at Christmas, we contemplate with love.
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori, Doctor of the Church, pray for us!
November 28th • Saint Alphonsus’ Meditations for Advent, Christmas and Epiphany
Saint Alphonsus Maria de Liguori is, along with Saint Francis of Assisi, one of the saints who is well-known for his devotion to the Mystery of Christmas. If the “Poverello” of Assisi’s work was the revelation of the Christmas holy days as we know them today, we owe it to Saint Alphonsus for spreading it among the simple people of his time. His work, through novenas, meditations and chants, are still today part of the culture and spirit of Naples and all of Italy.
In fact, there is no other more renowned, beloved or repeated carol in that country than the famous “Tu Schendi Dalle Stelle” composed and set to music by Saint Alphonsus. It is a beautiful Christmas song both for its simple and tender message and for the sweet melody that accompanies the words. "Come down from the stars, oh, King of heaven! You come to the cold and the ice of a cave. Oh, blessed God! How much it has cost you to have loved me! "
St. Alphonsus had a great love for the Child Jesus from his earliest childhood: his mother, Anna Cavalieri, who had been educated in Franciscan spirituality, told Alphonsus the stories of the Child Jesus and sang pastoral melodies to him. In Naples, those melodies echoed throughout the city during Christmastide.
His mother gave him a small image of the Child Jesus that St. Alphonsus always kept with him and venerated with tender devotion. On the 25th of each month he exhibited it in the choir of the church for the veneration of the faithful. He encouraged everyone to imitate the example of the Child Jesus in Bethlehem. He even painted two images in oils of the Christmas story to help his faithful grow in devotion to this mystery.
Saint Alphonsus wrote these meditations for Advent and Christmas in 1758, when he was 62 years old. This work sprang from his heart almost spontaneously. He himself wrote: "Many Christians often prepare the Nativity scene in their homes to depict the birth of Jesus, but few are those who think about preparing their hearts so that Jesus Christ can be born and rest in them. We ourselves want to be among these few, so that we may be worthy to remain enlightened in this blissful fire, which makes souls happy on earth and happy in heaven.
"Prepare the heart so that the Child Jesus can be born and rest in us ... Wow! That is the end for which Saint Alphonsus wishes to prepare us in these meditations. From the beginning to the end, a fundamental idea flows throughout, continually repeating and deepening: the cross has its roots in the cradle, the Calvary of the Word made Man begins in Bethlehem. Saint Alphonsus never loses sight of the drama of the Passion of Jesus and insistently calls it to the attention of the faithful to awaken in them a response of gratitude and generous love. God willing, in tomorrow's email, we will go deeper into this subject.
Today, I want to end by leaving you the link to the carol of Saint Alphonsus, sung by Andrea Bocelli. Let's see if we can learn it for this Christmas.
Here is the English translation of the lyrics:
1. From starry skies descending,
Thou comest, glorious King,
A manger low Thy bed,
In winter's icy sting;
O my dearest Child most holy,
Shudd'ring, trembling in the cold!
Great God, Thou lovest me!
What suff'ring Thou didst bear,
That I near Thee might be!
2. Thou art the world's Creator,
God's own and true Word,
Yet here no robe, no fire
For Thee, Divine Lord.
Dearest, fairest, sweetest Infant,
Dire this state of poverty.
The more I care for Thee,
Since Thou, O Love Divine,
Will'st now so poor to be.
November 29th • Saint Alphonsus’ Meditations • Predominant Themes In The Meditations
I am sure that for many the reflections of Saint Alphonsus will not be easy reading. This is due in part to the differences in perspective in how we refer to the Christian life in general, and to the many diverse ways of contemplating the mystery of Christmas, in particular.
In the world today, we relate the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem with lights, family gatherings, Christmas carols, decorations, parties, sweet and happy feelings of the heart. We have lost sight of the conflicting aspects of this mystery. Even if we do consider them, we do it superficially and without grasping their true depth. Christmas is a contrast between life and death, light and darkness, the love of God made visible and the rejection of men who refuse to accept the grace of heaven.
The meditations of Saint Alphonsus are not complicated, in fact, he wrote them in a simple way for all people to understand. So simply that they hit us hard and shake us up in their amazing simplicity. Saint Alphonsus’ only intention, only objective is our converson. In yesterday’s email, we read the words of Saint Alphonsus: "Many Christians often prepare the Nativity scene in their homes to depict the birth of Jesus, but few are those who think about preparing their hearts so that Jesus Christ can be born and rest in them. We ourselves want to be among these few, so that we may be worthy to remain enlightened in this blissful fire, which makes souls happy on earth and happy in heaven."
Throughout all of the meditations, there are four main themes that run through the reflections of Saint Alphonsus. If you read them in this context, the reflections will be tremendously profitable.
1. The love of God who becomes man. This is the predominant theme. How much God has loved us and how easily that love can be contemplated in the mystery of Bethlehem! Repeatedly, Saint Alphonsus invites us to consider how much God has loved us. Everything else must be understood in this light, which is the charity of the Father who sends his Son, of Christ who accepts by love to take on a human nature, and of the Holy Spirit who transforms and elevates us.
2. The consideration of man's sin. Saint Alphonsus does not hold back when talking about our infidelities. It is in the contrast with our darkness that the light of divine love shines even brighter. Jesus becomes a man to save us. He is our Redeemer, our deliverer. To understand how much we owe to that Child born in Bethlehem, we have to reflect on how ungrateful we have been to him in the times that, as Saint Alphonsus himself says literally and often, "we have turned our backs" on Jesus with our offenses.
3. The real possibility of our condemnation is one of the consequences of sin we referred to earlier. We have said before that Jesus came to save us. We can now complete the affirmation and say that the Lord became man to save us from sin and eternal death. Saint Alphonsus insists on the need to accept Jesus in our hearts. Only by understanding the reality of sin and Hell can we understand the depth of the work of the Redemption, the gravity of our offenses, and how much we owe to that Child born to save us and the joy that he brought us by his birth.
4. The last point deserves, perhaps, a greater explanation because it is possibly the one that can most attract our attention. As we said yesterday, "the cross has its roots in the cradle; in Bethlehem the Calvary of the Word made Man begins".
Perhaps this is an aspect of which we have lost sight. Catholic theology, based on the testimony of the Word of God, has always affirmed the coexistence in Christ's humanity of various forms of knowledge. Probably most Christians believe that Jesus learned everything through his human development and sensory faculties, just as it happens with us. The Church, in fact, recognizes that Jesus had this acquired knowledge and thus, the Catechism affirms that:“This human soul that the Son of God assumed is endowed with a true human knowledge. As such, this knowledge could not in itself be unlimited: it was exercised in the historical conditions of his existence in space and time. This is why the Son of God could, when he became man, "increase in wisdom and in stature, and in favor with God and man", (Lk 2, 52) and would even have to inquire for himself about what one in the human condition can learn only from experience.(Mk 6 38; 8 27; Jn 11:34) This corresponded to the reality of his voluntary emptying of himself, taking "the form of a slave". (Phil 2: 7). (CCC 472)
But in the human soul of Christ, there existed, from the moment of the Incarnation, deeper sources of knowledge that have their origin in the union of their human nature with the Divine Person of the Word. The same Word of God attests to this knowledge, that Jesus, for example, could know what is in the hearts of men, or events that had not yet happened, or even have a direct experience of the Father that was beyond the reach of any another human being. The human soul of Jesus was always immersed in the contemplation of his Father.
Without going too far into a deep and complex topic, we can highlight two realities that result from this union:
First, that even in the most arduous moments of his Passion, Christ experienced the presence of his Father. Let the words of Saint John Paul II serve as an example:
"The cry of Jesus on the cross, dear brothers and sisters, does not reveal the anguish of a desperate person, but the prayer of the Son who offers his life to the Father in love for the salvation of all. While identifying with our sin, "abandoned" by the Father, he "abandons" himself in the hands of the Father. Only he, who sees the Father and enjoys Him fully, deeply values what it means to resist sin with his love. Even before, and much more than in the body, his passion is atrocious suffering of the soul. The theological tradition has not avoided asking how Jesus could live at the same time the deep union with the Father, naturally source of joy and happiness, and the agony to the cry of abandonment. The copresence of these two apparently irreconcilable dimensions is really rooted in the unfathomable depth of the hypostatic union.
Faced with this mystery, in addition to theological research, we can find effective help in that heritage that is the "lived theology" of the saints. Many times the saints have experienced something similar to the experience of Jesus on the cross in the paradoxical confluence of happiness and pain. In the Dialogue of Divine Providence, God the Father shows Catherine of Siena how in holy souls joy can be present together with suffering: "And the soul is happy and suffering: suffering for the sins of the neighbor,happy for the union and for the affection of the charity that it has received in itself. They imitate the immaculate Lamb, my only begotten Son, who on the cross was happy and suffering. " In the same way Teresa of Lisieux lives her agony in communion with that of Jesus, verifying in herself precisely the same paradox of happy and anguished Jesus: “Our Lord in the garden of Olives enjoyed all the joys of the Trinity, however his agony was no less cruel. It's a mystery, but I assure you that, from what I prove myself, I understand something “. It is a very clear testimony.
On the other hand, the same narration of the evangelists gives rise to this ecclesial perception of the conscience of Christ when he remembers that, even in his deep pain, he dies imploring forgiveness for his executioners (cf Lk 23:34) and expressing Father his extreme filial abandonment: “Father, into your hands I commend my spirit”. (Lk 23:46) "(Novo Milenio Inneunte 26-27)
Secondly, from the first moment of his conception in the womb of Mary, Jesus knew and experienced the sufferings that he would suffer later, including the pains of the Passion. What we see as something that happened only at the end of the historical journey of Jesus on earth, was in reality always present in the Heart of the Child Jesus. Saint Alphonsus never ceases to refer to this profound mystery that can only be understood by meditating on it - and since it will be the subject of our meditations throughout our Advent journey, I will leave it here for now.
I invite you to keep in mind these themes so that, meditating on their innermost reality, we can obtain from them an outpouring of love, infinite gratitude and unwavering loyalty to the Child Jesus.
Tomorrow you will receive an email in which I will suggest a method to use for the Meditations of the Saint Alphonsus. From there, we'll begin for real!
God bless you,
November 30th • St. Alphonsus' Meditations • How To Best Use The Meditations • Prayer Method
I am sending you one last communication before you begin to receive the Meditations of Saint Alphonsus. I want to propose a way for you to use these reflections during the days of Advent and Christmas. Take them as a suggestion to help you to pray the texts that we are going to share with you.The meditations are not very long, approximately one page each. I suggest that you plan to spend at least 15 minutes every day with them. Give the Lord that little bit of time and you will see a great benefit.
For your daily meditation, I recommend the following steps:
Silence and recollection "When you pray, go to your inner room and close the door." (Mt 6:6) Before beginning to pray, silence your heart. If you are going to devote 15 minutes a day to this exercise of piety, give the Lord quality time.
We need to take ourselves away from the noise of the world to be open to the action of God. Remember that the main attitude of the one who prays is to listen and receive the Word, the message of the Lord. You will find the silence you need in the adoration chapel, in the church, perhaps in your room, or in the park ... Do not pray in a hurry or absentmindedly while doing other things. The world is not going to end because you withdraw from it for 15 minutes. During that time ... it is only God and you.
Awareness of God's Presence "Pray to your Father in secret, and your Father, who sees in secret, will repay you" (Mt 6: 6) We begin praying! We start with the Sign of the Cross that rekindles our awareness that God is with us in this moment.
Before beginning the meditation, take a few moments to settle into the company of the Lord who will take the clay of your heart in his hands to mold, teach, love and transform you. God is here, with you, in you ... and you are in him because "He who remains in love remains in God, and God in him" (1 Jn 4:16).
Meditation "When I found your words, I devoured them ..." (Jer 15:16) This is the most important part of your meditation, the moment of conversation with God. Live it with intensity and let the words of the Lord be your joy, the joy of your heart.
At this point you will move to the text of Saint Alphonsus. You will see two parts: the first one is entitled "Meditation" and this is the one that I invite you to read now. Each day Saint Alphonsus centers the reflection around a verse of the Holy Scripture that he applies to the Mystery of the Incarnation and Christmas. The Word of God can also be found in the body of the meditation.
I invite you to read the entire text of the meditation without stopping, but without hurry. It is a peaceful reading which is meant to be read slowly, without worrying as much about reaching the end as enjoying the path that is being taken. If your heart is properly disposed, it will be open, and if it is open, it will be led by the Holy Spirit to the phrase or word that needs to be heard that day. What do you want to tell me today, Lord? Possibly, you will find "something" in the meditation and you will feel that the Lord has touched your soul (a delicate touch, says Saint John of the Cross) in a special way. Having read the entire mediation, you can return to that “something” and spend time with it.
If, on the other hand, there is no affirmation that catches your attention more than others, I, Fr. Sergio, have highlighted in bold a couple of ideas from each meditation. I invite you to reflect on them or others during the whole time of meditation.
Do not run away from prayer! Remember 15 minutes. Sometimes, it will be easier for you. Other times, you will feel dry and without desire. There will be days when you would like to meditate for many more minutes. The important thing is not to lose those 15 minutes of quality time daily. If you are faithful to them, at the end of Advent you have been promised a great Light ...
Let me tell you what the Catechism says about meditation: “To meditate on what we read helps us to make it our own by confronting it with ourselves. Here, another book is opened: the book of life. We pass from thoughts to reality. To the extent that we are humble and faithful, we discover in meditation the movements that stir the heart and we are able to discern them. It is a question of acting truthfully in order to come into the light: ‘Lord, what do you want me to do?’" (CCC 2706)
This is to say that what Saint Alphonsus proposes to you must apply to your own life. What is the Lord saying or asking me in light of what I am meditating on for my life here and now? Any change? Any decision? Any resolution? Maybe a particular pain of your sins? Or to especially enjoy how much God loves you? It can be an idea, an affection, a movement of the soul, a memory ...
Affections and Prayers “For, it is not knowing much, but realizing and relishing things interiorly, that contents and satisfies the soul.” Saint Ignatius of Loyola, Spiritual Exercises.
The purpose of this time is not reflection, but to draw out the love in the meditation; and so, at the conclusion of the reflection, Saint Alphonsus always includes a final part that he calls "Affections and Prayers", a last prayer that gathers the graces of your meditation. Saint Alphonsus directly addresses this prayer to God and to Mary. Join the prayer of Saint Alphonsus: let yourself be raised by it, and make it your own as you end this time with the Lord. You can also add your own personal prayer; you can contemplate what the Lord has told you that day. You are coming to the close of the meditation.
Final ,"When you pray, say: Our Father ..." Mt 6:9). In the last seconds of your meditation, pray, slowly, a good Lord's Prayer. It is the prayer that Jesus taught us and it contains everything we can ask of God. If you like, you can add a Hail Mary and close your prayer with a second Sign of the Cross.
That is all. I thank you for having so much patience with these preparatory emails. They are the longest and the most tiring. The good ones begin tomorrow!
I ask God, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and Saint Alphonsus, that this work may be useful, so that in the contemplation of the Mystery of Christmas, of the love for the Lord who becomes a Child for us, that we may find the grace that we all need to be born again and live only for God and for others.
God bless you,