“Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests” (Luke 2:14)
On This Date…
On December 25, 1121, Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the little chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. Saint Norbert asked his companions to live by the Rule of Saint Augustine. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule, on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”
On December 25, 1914, about 100,000 British and German soldiers along a 500 mile front observed a voluntary truce for Christmas; they shared food and drink, songs and games, and faith in Jesus, the Prince of Peace.
At Mass today we heard these words: “Glory to God in the highest, and on earth peace to those on whom God’s favor rests”. May God’s peace, which rested on Saint Norbert and his companions, and on the soldiers, rest on us this Christmas Day.
– Father McLaughlin