“Recollect yourself with me, in silence and expectation. Forget every other preoccupation and enter into the quiet of prayer. Live together with me this precious moment, which precedes the birth of my Divine Child.
“This is the night of love and of light.
“Share in the joy of your heavenly Mother, who feels that the moment of her virginal motherhood has now come.
“For me, it is as though everything that surrounds me is far away: the fatigue of the journey to Bethlehem; the noise of the crowded caravan; the anxious search to find a place to spend the night; the sad surprise before each door as it is closed; the trusting confidence before a poor little cave which opens itself to us.
“The gentle and loving assistance of my most chaste spouse, Joseph, surrounds me like a caress. It is he who seeks to make the place more hospitable; who prepares the crib in a warmer manger; who looks about for a shield against the rigor of the cold; who stays close to me and joins in my great prayer; who sees the heavens open; who contemplates in wonder the prodigy, hears the song of the angels, and is conscious of the peace which comes down from heaven; who opens the door to the poor and the little ones and graciously accepts the simple gifts of the shepherds.
“As for myself, I am absorbed in a profound rapture: the face of the Father is revealed to me, and I contemplate the divine mystery of His merciful love; the Word, who has taken human form in my virginal womb, becomes present in my motherly arms as a newborn Babe, and I cover Him with kisses and tears; the Holy Spirit looks with pleasure on the fruit (of His overshadowing).
May the light of Jesus shine within us and illumine the lives of those around us. May we experience the goodness of God’s grace reborn in every kind word and every helping hand, not just today, but every day. May the light, the hope, the joy of Christmas remain with us always.
(Adapted from the messages of Our Lady given to Don Stefano Gobbi, an Italian priest. Compiled and collected in the book ‘Our Lady Speaks to Her Beloved Priests’.)
A HAPPY, BLESSED AND JOYOUS CHRISTMAS
from the Rector and Guardians of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
CHRIST OUR SAVIOUR IS BORN