As the season of Advent heralded the Birth of Christ, and Christmas joy leads to the anticipation of the coming of a New Year, I find myself counting my blessings. At this evening’s Holy Mass, celebrated on the Vigil of the Feast of the Holy Family, my prayer seemed a veritable grocery list of gratitude. I am grateful for the abundance of God’s grace – for my family, and for the multitude of blessings that God has bestowed upon each of us in His goodness. As I reflect upon each of these gifts, the common thread that unites them all is Christ’s Love: for His LOVE is truly all that fundamentally matters.
This morning my spiritual father phoned and read a prayer he had recently penned. His words touched me deeply, and thus, with his permission, I am sharing Father Cyril’s prayer:
Throughout the beautiful season of Advent,
I prayed for each and every one of you,
That the Newborn Christ might touch your heart,
and mind and soul,
with His tiny hands.
I prayed that He might open you to His own beauty and
That you might begin to realize
that He needs you in His Mystical Body.
I prayed that you might become more Christ-centered
and less self-centered.
Yes, this was my prayer for you-
That you might become Christ-centered, Love-centered.
It is truly a shame to find so many dedicated Christians, who have been chosen by His Love
And then make Christ wait to receive their love.
Yes, I prayed that during the New Year,
You would come to have a greater awareness
of His Love for you.
As you know, Love is the very essence
of our Religion and our Faith.
Fr. Cyril Guise, OCD December 28, 2013
Fr. Cyril mentioned that the ideal icon depicting this image was that of the Christ Child contained within the Blessed Virgin, the Most Holy Theotokos. For no other individual so perfectly lived Christ-centered Love. Our Lady was aware of His Love for Her, and in turn became a living conduit of Christ’s Love for all humanity. Thus, we too are called to become similar icons – placing Christ and His Love at our very center and essence, and living that love accordingly.
Striving to welcome the tiny hands of the Newborn Christ Child within my heart, mind, and soul. Wishing you and yours a Merry Christmas, Blessed Nativity, and Peaceful New Year,
Happy Feast of the Holy Family,
Ad Jesum per Mariam,