03 January 2018

The Tenth Day of Christmas

The terrible abyss which sin had produced between God and man has been filled up by the Child who opens His arms to us from the manger. All that sin had spoiled and destroyed is now, by the will of God, saved, "re-established in Christ" (c.f. Eph 1, 10). Oh! how spontaneous is the need to praise and adore when the Child Jesus is contemplated in this light! Here, tenderness and admiration are one!

The grace which Adam had received directly from God, we now receive only through Jesus, our Mediator; our whole supernatural life always comes through Him. If we wish to be united to God, we have no other means than to attach ourselves to Jesus, to pass through Him, our Mediator, our Bridge, our Way. Jesus has said, "I am the way" (Jn 14, 6); "I am the door. By Me, if any man enter in, he shall be saved" (ibid. 10,9). Behold the only condition, the only way of salvation, of sanctity.

--from Divine Intimacy, by Father Gabriel of Saint Mary Magdalen, O.C.D.

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