From St. Mary’s Hermitage in Canterbury and the Hermits of St. Bruno – Merry Christmas and Happy New Year 2019

To formulate our Christmas wishes, this year we were inspired by several speeches that St. John Paul II said on the occasion of Christmas, during his pontificate: this to feel still alive his presence and implore his help and his blessing .

For while gentle silence enveloped all things, and night in its swift course was now half 154531347714120038gone, your all-powerful word leaped from heaven, from the royal throne, we have seen His glory, glory of the Only Begotten from the Father. Sing to the Lord, bless his name, announce his salvation day by day. (Antif.monast.)

Christ was born for us, come, let us adore Him! Together we come to you, on this solemn day, sweet Child of Bethlehem, that when you were born you hid your divinity to share our fragile human nature. Illuminated by faith We recognise you as the true God incarnate for our love. You are the only Redeemer of mankind! It is our faith, is the energy that allows us to live and hope.

The Mystery of the night of Bethlehem lasts without interval. It fills the history of the world and stops at the threshold of every human heart. It even stops upon your heart! It ranks us among the seekers of Light. Every man, and citizen of Bethlehem that evening, would have able to look at Joseph and Mary and say: there is no room, I can not welcome you. And every man of every epoch can sadly repeat and and say to the Word, who became flesh: I cannot welcome you there is no room, my heart is sodden with things.

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The feast of Christmas gives a Christian sense to the succession of events and human feelings, projects, hopes, and it allows us to trace in this rhythmic and apparently mechanical flow of time, not only the course of mankind’s tendency to peregrinate, but also the signs, the trials and appeals of Providence and divine Goodness.

Therefore, we can transform and debase Christmas as a reckless waste of time, effort and finances, an event that can easily be characterised as consumerism: Christmas is the feast of humility, of poverty, of divesting oneself, the labefaction of the Son of God, who comes to bless us with his infinite Love.

Christmas is the feast of mankind. Man is born. One of the billions of men who are born, are born and will be born on earth. Man, an element of great statistics. No coincidence that Jesus came into the world during the time of a census; when Tiberius Caesar Divi Augusti filius Augustus the Roman emperor wanted to count how many subjects where  within his empire. Man, the object of this calculation, considered under the category of quantity; one among billions. And at the same time, one, unique and unrepeatable. If we so solemnly celebrate the birth of Jesus, we do so to testify that every person is someone, unique and unrepeatable. If our human statistics, human cataloguing, human political, economic and social systems, these simple human probabilities cannot assure mankind that he can be born, exist and operate as unique and distinctive individuals, then all this is assured by God Himself. For Him and before Him, man is always unique and distinctive; someone who is eternally conceived and chosen; someone called and named by their rightful name. Thus the Child of Bethlehem comes to give us back our true identity and dignity as children of God.

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Christmas is the feast for all the children of the world, of all, remembering that we are also the children of God, whom he loves unreservedly, for He sees is no difference in age, race, nationality, disability or ability, single or celibate, religious belief, gender or sexual orientation, language or origin. to Him we are just His children whom he Loves like any father. Christ was born in Bethlehem for the whole world without exception. Representing every individual person on or off this world (we have to consider those who work in space now). Together and with everyone He speaks of His first day on this earth; the first message of the Child of a poor Woman; of the Mother who, after the birth, “wrapped him in swaddling clothes and placed him in a manger, because there was no room for them at the Inn”.

*** These Words that are the fulfilment of Jesus Christ ***

“For to us a child is born, to us a son is given; and the government will be upon his shoulder, and his name will be called “Wonderful Counsellor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.” Of the increase of his government and of peace there will be no end, upon the throne of David, and over his kingdom, to establish it, and to uphold it with justice and with righteousness from this time forth and for evermore. The zeal of the Lord of hosts will do this.”

Today is the day of the Lord’s Christmas! The Father has given us his Son: for this ineffable gift we are full of joy.

Today, day of joy, the joyful proclamation of the birth of the Son of God resounds for the inhabitants of the whole world: Christmas is a mystery of grace to be contemplated; Christmas is an extraordinary event to share. The most beautiful gift is peace in the heart. Our wish for Christmas is that everyone can be happy today, tomorrow and always. Merry Christmas, may it be full of happiness and prosperity! Pass this happy festivity of the birth of our Lord in love and serenity.  We, The Hermits of Saint Bruno have been doing it for years now, whispering to everyone and to each of you from the cells of the Hermitage, our fraternal good wishes as we supplicate from the Son who is born, the most favoured blessings for each and every single human being in Anno Domini 2019.

– The Hermits of San Bruno, at St. Mary’s Hermitage nr. Canterbury in Kent –

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