Secularism, paganism, sensuality, materialism, agnosticism, atheism–words that describe the modern stray of society. That being the bag, how easy it really is to forget the true meaning of Christmas? Much more than a feast, characterized by buying and selling, ingesting and boozing, revelling and sinning, it is the celebration of a Person, the greatest Person who ever came to earth, His Birthday and for our recovery. The reason for the season is the Person of Jesus Christ.
Jesus makes “Saviour”, as the angel announced to Mary –” He will save the people of their sins .” The magnitude of His saving power is infinite. He came to save us from sadness, sin, demise, hopelessness, and from the eternal loss of our spirit. He came in the flesh so many years ago and yet He lives on and will live on in the hearts of those who love Him until the end of experiences. And thus He said,” I will be with you until the end of the world countries .”
Therefore confronted with so many obstacles in the contemporary world, what can we do to prepare ourselves to celebrate His Birthday? We would like to offer you ten lanes that you can keep your mind on Christ this Christmas.
Cultivate silence in the degrees of your heart. God undoubtedly longs to communicate with you but can only communicate when, like Mary, you have a silent, pensive and receptive nature. Hosea sums it up!” I will make her to the desert and speak to her mettle !” Now, the desert entails stillnes; where we retreat in order for soul to speak to heart. In this direction, we can most easily see the “Silent Night” when Christ was born.
Advent and Lent are key instants in the Liturgical year and must be characterized by more frequent and devout petition. Prayer transforms our middles! St Peter of Alcantara said of the transforming strength of devotion,
” In mental petition the mind is refined from its sins , nourished with kindnes, confirmed in faith, and strengthened in hope; the thought expands, the inclinations dilate, the heart is purified, truth becomes evident; desire is conquered; sadness allayed; the smells are renewed; the droop powers revive; tepidity halts; the mildew of immoralities disappear ….”
With these powerful and encouraging terms of one of the saints that spiritually directed St. Teresa of Avila, prayer should be essential for our lives, especially as we prepare for the birth for Jesus.
Clean the interior stable so that Jesus can be born! The Child Jesus told St. Jerome that the talent He required most were the blasphemies of St Jerome so that he could purify them and renew his nerve! In these day of judgement of Advent, why not seek out the Sacrament of Confession and celebrate the birthday of Jesus with a clean-living conscience?
Make peace with your brothers and sisters that you have marred due to pride and sin. Christmas and peacefulnes go together! Pride and sin close the doors to the entrance of the Child Jesus into your heart.
5. Charity towards the Poor
Look around you and investigate who is poor and in need and then extend your hands and open your heart to them. As Jesus would remind us, our good works that we do for the poor we are also doing for Jesus. Remember: Jesus is truly in your brother and sister, specially the one most disadvantaged!
6. Order the Disordered
St. Ignatius and the Exercises challenge us to say “peoples lives”. Why not conducted an investigation into your nature now and cast out anything that is causing disorder and commotion? What is keeping you agitated as we get closer to the Nativity of Christ?
In instants of tension, weariness, and overtaking work responsibilities, the desire is to snap out and be aim. A aim command is like a hornet’s sting and is not readily forgotten. Nonetheless, a kind word is soothing, strengthening and source of relief. As Francis de Sales clearly stated:” You can save more feelings with a teaspoon of honey than a cask of vinegar .”
8. Christmas Light: Your Light
Shine brightly by a life of holiness! Jesus said that he is the Light of the world but also,” You are the light of the world !” May the Christmas glowings motivate you to be a human light, casting out the darkness of guilt and pointing to Jesus, the dawn of the world.
9. Communion and Christmas
The word “Christmas” refers to the Mass of Christ and there is no better way to prepare for Christmas then to receive Jesus, the Bread of Life, into your “Bethlehem” — literally, a room of Bread. True Christmas joy is discovered in receiving Jesus with great faith, enjoy and ardor in Holy sacrament.” O come let us adore Him, Christ the Lord.”
10. Mary and Christmas
Advent is a very Marian season. The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, the Fete day of Our Lady of Guadalupe, and Christmas day itself–Mary is truly present. The delight of the mother is the birth of her child, and what an immense joy, undoubtedly! The charm of Mary, the Mother of God, the Mother of the Church, and our father, is the birth of Jesus the Lord and Savior. May Mary’s joy be our rapture!
True joy and merriment is exclusively found in the Lord. Mary’s Magnificat says it all:” My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my atmosphere rejoices in God my Savior .” May that is something that the most delightful Christmas in your life because Jesus is the center, centres, ands soul of this day–His Nativity. He was born on earth, so that one day you will be born forever in heaven.
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