Words of the Saints to Ponder While Journeying Toward Bethlehem
St. Padre Pio (May 25, 1887 – Sept. 23, 1968)
Franciscan Priest, Stigmatist, Mystic, and Confessor
Feast Day: Sept. 23rd
Patron Saint of: Pietrelcina, Italy, Civil Defense Volunteers, Adolescents, Stress Relief, and January Blues.
“May the Heavenly Child let your heart feel all those holy emotions that he allowed me to experience that blessed night when he was laid in that little hovel. Goodness, I could hardly express what I felt in my heart on that most happy night. My heart was overflowing with holy love towards God made man.”
“There is nothing to be hears but the birthcries and weeping of the God baby and with these birth cries and with these tears He offers to divine justice the first ransom for our reconciliation.”
May the Child Jesus fill you with His divine charisms, make you experience the joys of the shepherds and the angels and fully bestow on you all the fire of that love for which He made Himself the least among us, and make you become a child full of amiability, simplicity, love.
“Jesus calls the poor and simple shepherds by the angels to show Himself to them. He calls the wise by their own wisdom. And all, moved by the inner influence of His grace, hasten to Him to adore Him. He calls all of us through divine inspirations and communicates Himself to us by His grace.”
Dear Lord Jesus, You called the marginal of society, down trodden, and the lowly. Those who are unseen and easily forgotten. Help me to search them out as You did and ask what I can do to help make their life here on Earth easier. Beloved Christmas Miracle, save me, I wait and long for your coming.
Lo! He Comes, An Infant Stranger
Lo! he comes, an infant stranger, of a lowly mother born,
Swathed and cradled in a manger, of his pristine glory shorn!
Hallelujah! hallelujah! hallelujah! Praise the incarnate Word of God!