DAILY CATHOLIC     CHRISTMAS ISSUE     December 23-27, 1998     vol. 9, no. 248


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    Dear ones,

          As this holy time of the year when we await the blessed birth of Our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, I am praying that for all of us we will concentrate on the true meaning of Christmas.

          There is a prayer that my mother taught me when I was very young, a prayer that I would like to share with you. This prayer is one of hope, and that is my petition for all of you as we approach Christmas.


      "Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight, in Bethlehem in piercing cold. At that hour, vouchsafe, oh my God, to hear my prayer and grant my request. Amen"

          It is a prayer of praise, or adoration, of acknowledgment that Jesus is the Son of God. It acknowledges that we are to be as He was and is, a Just but Merciful God, who knows our every need and desire. We petition Him to help us, and we ask that, above all else, our soul may be a worthy manger for the Infant Jesus, Prince of Peace, to reign supreme in us not only on Christmas Day, but every day until we are with Him in Heaven.

          We do not know what the days and the months ahead hold for the world. But God knows, and He will be there for us, if we but allow ourselves to behave in the manner of the shepherds and the wisemen, who came and gave to Him their hearts. That's what Christmas is...giving God our hearts, and then repeating this act each and every day with a conscious act of our will.

          If we do this, then the coming days and year will cause us no fear, but rather hope, for God will never abandon us, even to the end of the world. Rejoice and be glad, for the Son of God, our Savior, is born to us!

Cyndi Cain

December 23-27, 1998       volume 9, no. 248


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