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Tuesday, December 25, 2007

Nativity of Our Lord 2007

Let every soul, then, enter the stable and see that tender Infant, who is weeping as He lies in the manger on that miserable straw. See how beautiful He is; look at the light which He sends forth, and the love which He breathes; those eyes send out arrows which wound the hearts that desire HIm; the very stable, the very straw, cry out, says St Bernard, and tell you to love Him Who loves you; to love God, Who is infinite love; and Who came down from Heaven, and made Himself a little child, and became poor, to make you understand the love He bears you, and to gain your love by His sufferings.

[Our Holy Father St Alphonsus, The Incarnation, Birth and Infancy of Jesus Christ, Pg. 148]

The Fathers and Brothers of the

Transalpine Redemptorists,


the Golgotha Monastery Island,

Papa Stronsay extend to you their warmest greetings

and best wishes for this holy and joyful

season of Christmas.
We will remember you all in our Midnight Mass,

'On that most blessed, holy and silent night of Christmas,

- When the rod of Jesse flowered and brought forth that never fading and Divine Rosebud,

-When the bright morning star ushered in that refulgent and everlasting Sun whose radiance dispelled the blindness and darkness of the hearts of men

-When a Child was born to us, the desire of the everlasting hills and the yearning of the prophets,

-When the heavenly choirs roused the dozing shepherds with the jubilant notes of the first Gloria.

-When the Lily of the valley and the Flower of the fields

blossomed in that tiny stable of Bethlehem.'

May the Most Holy Virgin Mother and Her New-Born Christ-Child, the Infant Jesus, bless, protect and shower you with every grace in this coming year.


Br. Anthony, T.O.S.F. said...

God bless you all.

Merry Christmas!!!

Br. Anthony, T.O.S.F.

Patrick said...

Merry Christmas dear brothers and fathers!! I hope you are all doing well. May this season of Christmas bring many graces to this wonderful congregation! By the way, what is the picture with the silver star? God bless! Patrick S.

Fr Scott Bailey, C.Ss.R. said...

May the King of Heaven who comes from the stars to a cave in the cold and ice warm your hearts with His love. May the Divine Babe, trembling in the manger fill you with His light. And may the Ever-Virgin Mary keep you always in her maternal heart, this most Holy Night and in the year to come.

Let us always remember the words of our Holy Father Alphonsus to the Divine Infant: "Ah! Quanto ti costo l'avermi amato!" "Ah! How much it hast cost you to love me!" If we remember this we will always love Him.

Fr. Scott Bailey, C.Ss.R.

The Saint's said...

Thanks for your rememberance of us in your midnight Mass. I am very greatful. The pictures are very beautiful. I've seen some pictures of the spot where Our Blessed Lord was born, but the one you have in this blog entry is a lot better. I hope and pray you all have a blessed and merry Christmas! God bless!

Transalpine Redemptorists said...

Dear Patrick,
thank you for your good wishes. Silver star marks exact place where Our Lady gave birth to the Incarnate Word at the stable of Bethlehem - now grotto of the Nativity Basilica. This photo was taken by our confreres, who made there a pilgrimage last month.

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