“At Christmas we celebrate the fulfillment of every word, gesture, and action of the prophets. We celebrate the path to solace and relief. The child born of the house of David has come to save us from our enemies and free us from the hands of all who hate us. Oh, come, let us adore him!”

 -from The Little Way of Advent


“Do you realize that Jesus is there in the tabernacle expressly for you – for you alone? He burns with the desire to come into your heart.”

— St. Therese of Lisieux


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“In that blessed night also Joseph became the patron, the vicar, and the patriarch of the whole Catholic Church. It is certain, St. Athanasius tells us, that the stable where Jesus was born is ‘a figure of the Church, whose altar is the manger, whose vicar is Joseph, whose ministers are the shepherds, whose priests are the angels, whose great High-Priest is Jesus Christ, and whose throne is the Blessed Virgin.'”

— Edward Healy Thompson