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A Christmas Eve Story about Jesus and St. Jerome

I will love to share this story from St. Jerome which reminds us the real reason why the Word became flesh and why Christmas is such a wonderful time of the year:

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Taken from  from Sister Mary Fidelis’ post at desertnuns.com:

After many years spent in Jerusalem translating the Word of God, Jerome finished his grand project just days before Christmas.  To celebrate his accomplishment, Jerome decided to spend Christmas Eve in nearby Bethlehem, in one of the many grottoes that dot the countryside. According to the ancient account, sometime around midnight Jesus appeared to him, saying “Jerome, what will you give me for my birthday?”

Immediately and enthusiastically, Jerome declared, “Lord, I give you my translation of your word.” But instead of congratulating him, Jesus simply replied, “No, Jerome, that is not what I want.”

Jerome was speechless. Then he began to complain and remonstrate with Jesus, asking why he had let him go on for forty years, far from home, laboring at something other than what God most wanted from him. But Jesus remained silent. Jerome started suggesting other ways of honoring Jesus’ birthday – fasting, becoming a hermit, giving his possessions to the poor. To each of these Jesus replied, “No. Jerome. That is not what I want most.”

Finally, Jerome protested, “Then you tell me, Lord. Tell me what would give you the most joy on your birthday, and you shall have it.

“Do you promise, Jerome?”
“Yes, Lord, anything at all.”
Jesus replied, “Give me your sins…


I wish everyone a Merry, Merry Christmas full of blessing and love.

God bless y’all!

Caleb

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Merry Christmas!!!

To all my fellow bloggers thank you for the encouragement, lively debates and support that I have received through this past year. It is wonderful to be able to share our thoughts and hopes with the world. My wishes for this Christmas is that the light of the world made flesh may bless you, give you wisdom and illuminate your life with his graces. As Catharine of Sienna once said: be who God meant you to be and you will set the world on fire!

Merry Christmas,

Caleb

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Adeste Fideles

O come all ye faithful, joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, o come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold him, born the king of angels.
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

God of God, light of light,
Lo! He abhors not the Virgin’s womb.
Very God, Begotten not created;
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

Yea, Lord, we greet Thee, born this happy morning,
Jesus, to thee be all glory given.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ, the Lord.

There shall we see him, his eternal Father’s
Everlasting brightness now veiled under flesh.
God shall we find there, a babe in infant clothing;
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.

Child, for us sinners, poor and in the manger,
WE would embrace thee, with love and awe.
Who would not love thee, loving us so dearly?
O come let us adore him, O come let us adore him,
O come let us adore him, Christ the Lord.


Historian Rod Bennett argues that although the earliest copies of Adeste fideles are dated to a period much later than the Arian heresy (an early heresy that denies the divinity of Christ and argues that Christ is a created being), there is good reason to believe that the original words were passed down from the time of the original Arian controversy.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year

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Yes we are still in Christmas Season! May everyone have a prosperous and blessed 2015!

It has been an amazing year full of challenges and many blessings. I cannot think of a better way to end 2014  with the Divine Office Prayer for today.

If you are wondering what is the divine office?  The divine office or liturgy of the hours are a set of prayers based on scriptures that the Catholic Church sets apart for each day. In doing so the whole Church prays to God for the good of all.

“From ancient times the Church has had the custom of celebrating each day the liturgy of the hours. In this way the Church fulfills the Lord’s precept to pray without ceasing, at once offering its praise to God the Father and interceding for the salvation of the world.”

Office of the Sacred Congregation for Divine Worship.

It is a beautiful meditation and form of worship!

Lord, open my lips.
– And my mouth will proclaim your praise.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Psalm 95

Come, let us sing to the Lord
and shout with joy to the Rock who saves us.
Let us approach him with praise and thanksgiving
and sing joyful songs to the Lord.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

The Lord is God, the mighty God,
the great king over all the gods.
He holds in his hands the depths of the earth
and the highest mountains as well
He made the sea; it belongs to him,
the dry land, too, for it was formed by his hands.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Come, then, let us bow down and worship,
bending the knee before the Lord, our maker,
For he is our God and we are his people,
the flock he shepherds.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Today, listen to the voice of the Lord:
Do not grow stubborn, as your fathers did in the wilderness,
when at Meriba and Massah they challenged me and provoked me,
Although they had seen all of my works.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Forty years I endured that generation.
I said, “They are a people whose hearts go astray
and they do not know my ways.”
So I swore in my anger,
“They shall not enter into my rest.”

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Glory to the Father, and to the Son,
and to the Holy Spirit:
as it was in the beginning, is now,
and will be for ever. Amen.

Ant. Christ is born for us; come, let us adore him.

Taken from http://divineoffice.org.

God Bless,

Caleb