Favorite Quotes and Prayers: Christmas

Favorite Quotes and Prayers: Christmas

El Greco's Nativity

El Greco's Nativity

Back in college, I decided to start copying all of my favorite quotes and prayers into one google document (or maybe it started as a Word document and then I transferred it to google...the memory is a bit hazy ten years later). Today, said document is 157 pages long. Yes, you read that correctly. If you're friends with me on FB and have ever wondered how it is that I always have a quote tailored to every feast day, liturgical season, or favorite author's birthday, now you know my secret. 

Anywho, I figured it would be nice to share some of my favorite Christmas-related quotes and prayers with y'all, in case you need a little inspiration/encouragement/beauty in your life as we approach the Solemnity of the Nativity of Our Lord. I hope your last week of Advent is blessed! 

My brother and my dad, last Christmas, being the men of God that they are. 

My brother and my dad, last Christmas, being the men of God that they are. 

“When we give each other our Christmas presents in his name, let us remember that he has given us the sun and the moon and the stars, the earth with its forests and mountains and oceans and all that lives and moves upon them...And to save us from our own foolishness and from all our sins, he came down to earth and gave himself.” --Sigrid Undset

"All the terrible events of world history seem to constitute a grave accusation against God. But when God appears before us, unarmed, with his love as his only might, all the frightening images of God lose their plausibility. The human existence of the Son is the glory of the Father. In the crib and on the Cross, the glory of God is raised aloft in this world. And wherever men follow this God, a new humanity begins, and peace on earth begins, even if only in a fragmentary fashion."--Benedict XVI, The Blessing of Christmas.


"The miracle of Christmas happened because Mary loved the Reality created by God more than her plans and ideas."-- Fr. Richard Veras

“[Jesus’] being a child gives direction, tells us how we can come to God, how we can come to divinization. It is in this respect that we are to understand his words: ‘Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ (Mt 18:3). Whoever has not understood the mystery of Christmas has not understood what is decisive in being Christian. Whoever has not accepted this cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.”--Joseph Ratzinger


Jesus is Love incarnate. He is not simply a teacher of wisdom, he is not an ideal for which we strive while knowing that we are hopelessly distant from it. He is the meaning of life and history, who has pitched his tent in our midst.--Pope Francis, Christmas homily, 2013

“[Jesus’] being a child gives direction, tells us how we can come to God, how we can come to divinization. It is in this respect that we are to understand his words: ‘Unless you turn and become like children, you will never enter the kingdom of heaven.’ (Mt 18:3). Whoever has not understood the mystery of Christmas has not understood what is decisive in being Christian. Whoever has not accepted this cannot enter into the kingdom of heaven.”--Joseph Ratzinger

"The mystery of the Holy Night, which historically happened two thousand years ago, must be lived as a spiritual event in the ‘today’ of the Liturgy. The Word who found a dwelling in Mary’s womb comes to knock on the heart of every person with singular intensity this Christmas."--St. John Paul II

"We consider Christmas as the encounter, the great encounter, the historical encounter, the decisive encounter, between God and mankind. He who has faith knows this truly; let him rejoice."--Pope Paul VI

“While Christ remained hidden in Mary, his rest was a tremendous activity; he was making her into himself, making himself from her. From her eyes he was making the eyes that would weep over Jerusalem, that would shine upon the wildflowers, that would close in death and open in the morning of the Resurrection. From her hands he was making the hands that would heal and raise the dead and be nailed to the cross. From her heart he was making the heart that would redeem the world.

The same thing happens when, allowing the Infant Christ to rest in us, we wait patiently on his own timing of his growth in us, and give him just what he asks, the extremely simple things that our ourselves—our hands and feet, our eyes and ears, our words, our thoughts, our love. Not only does he grow in us, but we are formed into him.”--Caryll Houselander, The Passion of the Infant Christ

"The helplessness of a child has become the most genuine expression of God’s almighty power, which employs no other force than the quiet might of truth and love. In the unprotected helplessness of a child we were to encounter GOd’s saving kindness first of all. And indeed: it is so very comforting, amid all the boasting of the worldly powers, to be aware of the quiet serenity of God and thus to experience the assurance of a power that in the end will prove stronger than all other powers and will outlast all the noisy triumphs of the world." --Joseph Ratzinger

Christmas Prayer

By Gerard Manley Hopkins

Moonless darkness stands between.

Past, the Past, no more be seen!

But the Bethlehem star may lead me

To the sight of Him who freed me

From the self that I have been.

Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;

Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly;

Now beginning, and always,

Now begin, on Christmas day.

Yes, my sister and I did get into the straw with baby Jesus last Christmas. 

Yes, my sister and I did get into the straw with baby Jesus last Christmas. 

 

 

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