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Christmas is Here - The Gates of Pardon and Hope Are Open
By Prof. Plinio Corrêa de Oliveira
The secret of the proper organization of earthly life is found in the words the angels sang to the enraptured shepherds on Christmas night: “Glory to God in the highest and peace on earth to men of good will.”
When men recognize the plenitude of all perfections in God and glorify Him as a result, their hearts come to possess the good dispositions that make them men of good will. It is the birth of these dispositions in their souls that brings the reign of Christ’s peace to this earth.
We should think of this in these days when, no matter where we turn, we find confusion, discord, hatred, voluptuousness, immorality, dishonesty and all kinds of other evils multiplying among mankind.
If mankind would but turn to Christ, Our Lord, we would have a very different world.
Let us remember that Christmas night is a night of mercy and goodness, a night of forgiveness and hope. Next to the cradle of the Christ Child is Mary, whose supplications before her Divine Son are omnipotent. She has the heart of a mother who loves each one of us more than all the mothers of the world combined could love a single child, and is therefore disposed to obtain from her Son the forgiveness of our faults, the amendment of our errors and the firm resolution to follow the law of God in everything.
Thinking of these truths, we will realize that however great the evil, all the gateways of hope are open for us so long as we turn to the Child born in Bethlehem. That is the consoling hope that Christmas gives to us.
When the midnight bells announce that Christmas is here, when the faithful calmly head to church, when the families gather to pray before the Nativity scene, remember this great hope and, setting aside the afflictions of our days, seek to understand the words of St. Paul: “Jesus Christ, yesterday, today, and the same forever.”
This Child born in Bethlehem – the God-Child, the Second Person of the Holy Trinity made man – is the Alpha and the Omega. He is the first letter and the last, the beginning and the end of everything. Through Him, we receive all good.
Kneeling before the crèche, let us ask Him for everything we lack and need. Let us ask Him to take from us everything we have that we should not have. Let us ask Him, above all, that we will love Him, understand Him and be united to Him, so that when He calls us one day to render accounts of our lives, we may look to Him with confidence and see Him open His arms to admit us into eternal beatitude.
Cortesia de Gonzalo Guimaraens