Thursday, December 21, 2006
A blessed Christmas to all!
Like many Christians, my dream has always been to walk and pray atop the rich soil in which our Blessed Lord trod: to see Nazareth, nestled in the mountains of Galilee; to see where the Virgin of Galilee and men of Galilee followed the Anointed Christus, the Galilean. Then Bethlehem, now located in the empire of Mahomet. Today, the Holy Land remains a synonym for the land of the birth of Christ and it is there that our hearts turn during this season.
God willing, I will be in the silent grotto of Bethlehem for the Christmas celebration (cf. Isa. 7:14; Matt. 1:23) for the Mass at midnight to be celebrated by His Beatitude, the Patriach of the Latins, in the Church of the Nativity of Our Lord (yes, I promise to blog his cappa magna).
May God bless you all during this season. I carry your intentions in my heart to the poverty of Bethlehem and I pray your untiring zeal to be ever coupled and emblazoned by the power of the Holy Ghost!
Datum Romae, apud S. Petrum, die XXI decembris a.D. MMVI, Pontificatus Nostri anno secundo.