Saturday, December 24, 2022

Our abiding Bethlehem...

   Behold, when the fullness of time had come,
God sent his Son into the world. – Gal 4:4

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"The Bethlehem of that night …
has never passed away.

…It lives a real, unbroken, unsuspended life, 
not in history only, 
or in art, or in poetry, or even in the energetic
fertile worship and fleshly hearts of the faithful, but 
in the worshipful reality of the Blessed Sacrament.

Round the Tabernacle, 
which is our abiding Bethlehem
goes on the same world of beautiful devotion 
 which surrounded the new-born Babe, 
real, out of real hearts, 
and realized by God’s acceptance." 

Fr Frederick W Faber

"The mystery of Bethlehem 
is renewed upon the altar,
and the cry goes forth:
'Christ is born to us.  Come, let us adore!' "

Fr Karl Adam

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