Blessed Eternity

Today’s Word:

“Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart” (Psalm 97:11)


On This Date…

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

Ruins of Chapel of Saint John the Baptist

On December 25, 1121 Saint Norbert and about forty companions professed religious vows in the chapel of Saint John the Baptist in Premontre, France, and so was born the Norbertine Order. According to a biography of Saint Norbert, “By the profession of this Rule (of Saint Augustine), on Christmas Day, one by one they voluntarily enrolled themselves into that city of blessed eternity.”

On December 25, 2016 the Jewish People observe the first day of Hanukkah, the Festival of Lights, lighting a candle on each of the eight days of the celebration, recalling the re-dedication of the Jewish Temple in Jerusalem in December 164 BC.

The last time Hanukkah began on Christmas was in 1978 and the next time will be in 2027. At Mass today we prayed from the Hebrew Scriptures, “Light dawns for the just; and gladness, for the upright of heart”. The Feasts of Hanukkah and Christmas bring us light and joy and the promise of “blessed eternity.”

Glory to God

Today’s Word:

“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

 

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