Merry Christmas

The Nativity – Fra Bartolomeo

“In Christ, Born of the Virgin’s womb, the nature does not differ from ours, because His nativity is wonderful. For He Who is true God, is also true man, and there is no lie in either nature. ‘The Word became flesh’ by exaltation of the flesh, not by failure of the Godhead: which so tempered its power and goodness as to exalt our nature by taking it, and not to lose His own by imparting it. In this nativity of Christ, according to the prophecy of David, ‘truth sprang out of the earth, and righteousness looked down fro heaven.’ In this nativity also, Isaiah’s saying is fulfilled, ‘let the earth produce and bring forth salvation, and let righteousness spring up together.’ For the earth of human flesh, which in the first transgressor, was cursed, in this Offspring of the Blessed Virgin only produced a seed that was blessed and free from the fault of its stock. And each one is a partaker of this spiritual origin in regeneration; and to to every one when he is re-born, the water of baptism is like the Virgin’s womb; for the same Holy Spirit fills the font, Who filled the Virgin, that the sin, which that sacred conception overthrew, may be taken away by this mystical washing.” – Pope St. Leo I, Sermon on the Feast of the Nativity 

May your lives and your faith this day be strengthened as we celebrate the Incarnation of Jesus Christ on Christmas Day.

 Tom Perna

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Merry Christmas!

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“On this night, the ancient yet ever new proclamation of the Lord’s birth rings out. It rings out for those keeping watch, like the shepherds in Bethlehem two thousand years ago; it rings out for those who have responded to Advent’s call and who, waiting watchfully, are ready to welcome the joyful tidings which in the liturgy become our song: “Today is born our Saviour”.

The Christian people keep watch; the entire world keeps watch on this Christmas night…this proclamation, with its inexhaustible power to renew us, echoes once more on this holy night with special force: this is the Christmas of the Great Jubilee, a living remembrance of Christ’s two thousand years, of his wondrous birth, which marked the new beginning of history. Today “the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us” (Jn 1:14).

“Today”. On this night, time opens to eternity, because you, O Christ, are born among us, coming from on high. You came to birth from the womb of a Woman blessed among all women, you “the Son of the Most High”. Once and for all your holiness made all time holy: the days, the centuries, the millennia. By your birth, you have turned time into the “today” of salvation.” – Pope St. John Paul II, Midnight Mass Homily 2000 

May you and your loved ones have a Blessed and Joyous Christmas this year. Let us give praise and thanksgiving for the Birth of Our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.

Merry Christmas!

Merry Christmas from Tom Perna

Nativity - Eastern Icon “Let us rejoice, my brethren, let the nations exalt and be glad because, not the visible sun, but the invisible Creator of the sun has consecrated this day [Christmas] on which the Virgin, a true but inviolate Mother, gave birth to Him who became visible for our sake and by whom she herself was created.” – St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermons

BLESSED CHRISTMAS to you and your loved ones during this beautiful season where we celebrate the Coming of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Thank you to everyone who follows my blog, follows me on Twitter, and has liked my Facebook page. I appreciate the support and the prayers you give me.

MERRY CHRISTMAS! 

Quick Lessons from the Catechism: The Christmas Mystery

After four weeks of preparing for the coming of Jesus Christ through the season of Advent, we have arrived at Christmas. It’s during this season (not just one day as the secular culture celebrates it), that we celebrate the coming of the Incarnation in His Nativity. The Advent hymn, O Come O Come Emmanuel, has come to fruition since Emmanuel has arrived and God is With Us.

From the first day of the disaster, the Fall of Adam and Eve in the Garden, God promised to send us a Savior who would redeem us (Gen. 3:15). For centuries and throughout the Old Testament, in the patriarchs, in the kings, the prophets, the Psalms, Melchizedek, Joseph, and many other figures and events, we saw the coming of the Messiah. Now as we celebrate the great Christmas Mystery on December 25, the second person of the Holy Trinity becomes man, the Nativity of the Incarnation of Jesus Christ is here. He is God Incarnate!

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With that being said, let’s look very briefly at what the Catechism of the Catholic Church says on the subject of the Christmas Mystery. Just so you know, there is more on the Incarnation in other sections of the Catechism. During the Christmas Season, I will write on those as well in this series.

The Catechism says in paragraphs 525 and 526…

Jesus was born in a humble stable, into a poor family. Simple shepherds were the first witnesses to this event. In this poverty heaven’s glory was made manifest. The Church never tires of singing the glory of this night:

The Virgin today brings into the world the Eternal, And the earth offers a cave to the Inaccessible. The angels and shepherds praise him And the magi advance with the star, For you are born for us, Little Child, God eternal

To become a child in relation to God is the condition for entering the kingdom. For this, we must humble ourselves and become little. Even more: to become “children of God” we must be “born from above” or “born of God”. Only when Christ is formed in us will the mystery of Christmas be fulfilled in us. Christmas is the mystery of this “marvelous exchange”:

O marvelous exchange! Man’s Creator has become man, born of the Virgin. We have been made sharers in the divinity of Christ who humbled himself to share our humanity.

If you have a Nativity set in your home, now is the time to place Baby Jesus in the Nativity with his Mother Mary, St. Joseph, and the other figures that make-up the Nativity.

I wish you all you a very Merry and Blessed Christmas with your family and friends! May the love of Jesus Christ through His Nativity on Christmas, and through the Advocating role of his Blessed Mother, pierce your hearts and bring you ever closer to Him during this most beautiful season.

For more Quick Lessons from the Catechism, check them out here. If you are interested in learning more about the Blessed Virgin Mary, I would encourage you to check out my series – “Mondays with Mary.” 

Merry Christmas from Tom Perna

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O God, who have made this most sacred night radiant with the splendor of the true light, grant, we pray, that we, who have known the mysteries of his light on earth, may also delight in his gladness in heaven. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. – Collect, At the Mass during the Night 

Grant us, we pray, O Lord our God, that we, who are gladdened by participation in the feast of our Redeemer’s Nativity, may through an honorable way of life become worthy of union with him. Who lives and reigns for ever and ever. – Prayer After Communion, At the Mass during the Night

This year has been interesting to say the least. I have experienced more joy than I ever have before, but also endured much suffering and pain as well. I am very blessed to be working now at St. Mary Magdalene Catholic Church with great priests and a very joy-filled staff. As we celebrate the Nativity this year, let us remember the many blessings we have in our lives because of our faith in Jesus Christ.

Thank you to all my followers on here, on Twitter, and my Facebook. Thank you for finding my writings a little interesting and helping me spread the Gospel message of Jesus Christ and His Catholic Church.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

Merry Christmas from Tom Perna

Nativity - Eastern Icon “Let us rejoice, my brethren, let the nations exalt and be glad because, not the visible sun, but the invisible Creator of the sun has consecrated this day [Christmas] on which the Virgin, a true but inviolate Mother, gave birth to Him who became visible for our sake and by whom she herself was created.” – St. Augustine of Hippo, Sermons

BLESSED CHRISTMAS to you and your loved ones during this beautiful season where we celebrate the Coming of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ!

Thank you to everyone who follows my blog and follows me on Twitter. I appreciate the support, the few comments left and will pray for all of you during the Christmas Season.

It’s officially Christmas! Wish everyone you know Merry Christmas during this time. In the Peace of Christ!