Let us then joyfully celebrate …

Just settling down after a beautiful Midnight Mass, with Bishop Robert Hermann of the Archdiocese of St. Louis (and our former pastor!) as the celebrant. Quietly savoring the gift of our Lord, visible and made present in so many ways, through so many circumstances and people.

Christmas Eve began with some meaty readings in the liturgy of the hours. In particular, two short paragraphs from yesterday’s office of the readings really jumped out at me this year:

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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.

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 son of God?

These chewy chunks of wisdom come to us from the indomitable St. Augustine of Hippo, bishop and doctor of the Church.

Merry, joyful, awesome Christmas to you and your family!

– Bob

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Let us then joyfully celebrate …

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