The Community-in-Formation wishes everyone a very Merry and Blessed Christmas! Please know that all of our family, friends, and benefactors will be remembered in our Masses tomorrow.
As we celebrate the birth of our salvation, may we all find consolation in the fact that God so loved the world that He sent His only Son, in order that we might have life, and have it more abundantly. May we reflect upon the meaning of this Feast Day by reading the great Christmas Day Sermon of St. Leo the Great.
“Our Savior, dearly-beloved, was born today: let us be glad. For there is no proper place for sadness, when we keep the birthday of the Life, which destroys the fear of mortality and brings to us the joy of promised eternity. No one is kept from sharing in this happiness. There is for all one common measure of joy, because as our Lord the destroyer of sinand death finds none free from charge, so is He come to free us all. Let the saint exult in that he draws near to victory. Let the sinner be glad in that he is invited to pardon. Let the gentile take courage in that he is called to life. For the Son of God in the fullness of time which the inscrutable depth of the Divine counsel has determined, has taken on him thenature of man, thereby to reconcile it to its Author: in order that the inventor of death, the devil, might be conquered through that (nature) which he had conquered. And in this conflict undertaken for us, the fight was fought on great and wondrous principles of fairness; for the Almighty Lord enters the lists with His savage foe not in His own majesty but in our humility, opposing him with the same form and the same nature, which shares indeed our mortality, though He is free from all sin.” – St. Leo the Great, Christmas Day Sermon