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Merry Christmas!

December 25, 2010 by  
Filed under Dan Burke, Praying Through Art, Seasonal Meditations, Solemnity

Merry Christmas!


Blessed and Merry Christmas!

Christ is born for us!

Let us rejoice and be glad!


Dearly beloved, today our Savior is born; let us rejoice.  Sadness should have no place on the birthday of life. The fear of death has been swallowed up; life brings us joy with the promise of eternal happiness.

No one is shut out from this joy; all share the same reason for rejoicing. Our Lord, victor over sin and death, finding no man free from sin, came to free us all. Let the saint rejoice as he sees the palm of victory at hand. let the sinner be glad as he receives the offer of forgiveness. Let the pagan take courage as he is summoned to life.

In the fullness of time, chosen in the unfathomable depths of God's wisdom, the Son of Godtook for himself our common humanity in order to reconcile it with its creator. He came to overthrow the devil, the origin of death, in that very nature by which he had overthrown mankind.

And so at the birth of our Lord the angels sing in joy: ‘Glory to God in the highest', and they proclaim ‘peace to his people on earth' as they see the heavenly Jerusalem being built from all the nations of the world. When the angels on high are so exultant at this marvelous work of God's goodness, what joy should it not bring to the lowly hearts of men? (from the Second Reading of the Office of Readings, Liturgy of the Hours, for Christmas Day, from a sermon by Saint Leo the Great, Pope [Sermo 1 in Nativitate Domini, 1-3; PL 54, 190-193]).


Art: Song of the Angels, William-Adolphe Bouguereau, 1881, PD-US published before January 1, 1923, Wikimedia Commons.

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About Dan Burke

Dan is the President of the Avila Foundation, the parent organization of, the Avila Institute for Spiritual Formation, Divine Intimacy Radio and Divine Intimacy Radio - Resources Edition, Into the Deep Parish Programs, the Apostoli Viae (Apostles of the Way) Community, and the FireLight Student Leadership Formation Program, author of the award-winning book, Navigating the Interior Life - Spiritual Direction and the Journey to God, Finding God Through Meditation-St. Peter of Alcantara, 30 Days with Teresa of Avila, Into the Deep, Living the Mystery of Merciful Love: 30 Days with Thérèse of Lisieux, and his newest book The Contemplative Rosary with St. John Paul II and St. Teresa of Avila. Beyond his "contagious" love for Jesus and His Church, he is a grateful husband and father of four, the Executive Director of and writer for EWTN's National Catholic Register, a regular co-host on Register Radio, a writer and speaker who provides online spiritual formation and travels to share his conversion story and the great riches that the Church provides us through authentic Catholic spirituality. Dan has been featured on EWTN's Journey Home program and numerous radio programs.

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  • FrancesAnne

    Blessings and Merry Christmas, thank you for being here, this great source of learning and inspiration..Thank You and may the New Year of Our Lord bring more followers to Jesus to find true peace….FrancesAnne

  • A very Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • A very Merry Christmas to you as well!

  • LizEst

    Blessed Christmas to you and yours and all the visitors to this site. Thank you for serving God’s people.

    Today is born our Savior: Jesus Christ our Lord.

  • Frtrue

    I have a file devoted especially to your articles that I use daily for prayer and meditation. Thank you and God bless you in your work. Merry Christmas, and a blessed New Year to you all and to your families. Donald+

  • SL

    May I ask the source of the nativity image? I have not seen this before. It’s beautiful!
    Thank you for this site. Xmas blessings be with you and your team, and a grace-filled year ahead.

    • Dan here – The artists name is William-Adolphe Bouguereau. His paintings of the Madonna and Child are my favorite. If you search him, be forewarned that he has painted a great many nude paintings and those that are tasteful within an artistic framework but may be problematic for those who struggle with porn etc. The best way to safe search is via his last name and “madonna” or “mary” or “christ” or “angels” etc.

  • Guest

    What a beautiful Painting to come back to after my Christmas outing to my countryside home. God bless you Dan and all of you at the Catholic Spiritual Direction. You have a special place in my heart.

  • Damian Nanayakkara

    Happy Christmas and a peaceful new year. My prayers are assured to all for better loving and forgiving life. let us be united to go to God. God bless you all and be PEACE LOVERS.

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