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Excerpt from Sacerdotal Meditations, Vol. 2: Sancta Maria, Intercede Pro CleroAh, priest of God, the solemnity of Christmas is more for you than a pious reminder of ages gone by. Every morning the mystery of Bethlehem is renewed on the altar of yourMoreExcerpt from Sacerdotal Meditations, Vol. 2: Sancta Maria, Intercede Pro CleroAh, priest of God, the solemnity of Christmas is more for you than a pious reminder of ages gone by. Every morning the mystery of Bethlehem is renewed on the altar of your ministration... As often as you offer up the holy sacrifice of the Mass, you give to the world the same God who was born of the purest of virgins. Your lips, says Tertullian, bring Him forth, parturiente lingua. Your hands and your heart are the manger, and the sacramental species are the swaddling clothes... Bow down in adoration of the loving God born in your hands... Welcome Him, and let your heart be filled with transports of joy and a firm hope. By holy communion, He comes to work in your soul the same wonders which He wrought at His coming among men, namely, to drive away darkness, to curb evil inclinations, and infuse into the souls of His priests holiness and joy... Ah, He comes to you with more favors than you could ever dream of.2d Point. Spiritual coming of Christ into souls in order to sanctify and save men. It would profit us very little to know that Christ came eighteen hundred years ago to visit mankind, through the bowels of His mercy, if we did not know that He has since that time been coming incessantly, that He might impart to each and every one that spiritual life which He alone can give with abundance. Behold the mystery which should move all hearts. The Redeemer, well aware that no man is accepted by the Father unless he be made conformable to the Son, in Whom He is well pleased, comes to us- He changes us into Himself so that we live no longer, but Christ lives in us, and the Father addresses us as his own Son: This is My beloved son. Where is fallen man?... Since God became man, man is become, as it were, God... Yes, this is done in the Church- this is the noble task she pursues through the ministry of her priesthood- hence we may easily see that the priest is, by nature of his office, the greatest benefactor of his fellow-men.During the four weeks of Advent, Jesus knocks at the door of the hearts of men in a more pressing manner- if they only consent He will deign to enter- He only craves for a place.About the PublisherForgotten Books publishes hundreds of thousands of rare and classic books. Find more at www.forgottenbooks.comThis book is a reproduction of an important historical work. Forgotten Books uses state-of-the-art technology to digitally reconstruct the work, preserving the original format whilst repairing imperfections present in the aged copy. In rare cases, an imperfection in the original, such as a blemish or missing page, may be replicated in our edition. We do, however, repair the vast majority of imperfections successfully- any imperfections that remain are intentionally left to preserve the state of such historical works.