Christmas Joy Is Upon Us
Thomas A. Droleskey
Christmas joy is upon us! Christ the Saviour is born for us in Bethlehem! Proclaim the news. A joy that is meant to last forever has entered the world in the Person of the Second Person of the Most Blessed Trinity made Man in the Virginal and Immaculate Womb of His Most Blessed Mother. Nurtured by His foster-father, our Good Saint Joseph, the Newborn Babe, Christ the King, extends His arms in a priestly embrace, mindful that we, His ungrateful creatures and subjects, would take those very arms and nail them to the wood of the Holy Cross on Good Friday.
The Newborn Baby King, however, has entered the world precisely to die on the wood of the Holy Cross so as to pay back in His own Sacred Humanity the debt of sin that was owed to Him in His Infinity as God. His death on the Tree of Life that is the Holy Cross made possible our salvation, made possible our access to the sacramental absolution in the Sacred Tribunal of Penance. Although we were not present in Bethlehem as Our Blessed Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ was born us in the cave as His Blessed Mother placed Him tenderly into a bed of straw that filled the manger from which the barn animals were fed, the Divine Child born for us on Christmas Day wants us to know Christmas joy at all times by persisting in a state of Sanctifying Grace, first introduced into our souls at Baptism and then regenerated anew every time we make a good, integral confession of our sins prior to receiving Him Body, Blood, Soul and Divinity in Holy Communion.
The true joy of Christmas, although felt in a particular way during this forty day season of celebration and thanksgiving, is meant to be felt in our souls at all times, yes, especially in times of trial and difficulty as this we are given the supreme privilege of being able to repay the debt that we have accumulate in our lifetimes for the sins that we have committed and to able to help the Poor Souls in Purgatory, especially those who have no one to pray for them.
It is simply a joy to be a Catholic! It is a joy to suffer. It is a joy to be humiliated and castigated and misunderstood. In bearing all hardships patiently and in a spirit of true joy and gratitude, we can help radiate the love of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus that beats for us with such unmatched fervor in the Most Blessed Sacrament of the Altar. We have not hear a permanent dwelling place. Our true home is Heaven, and it is the joy of Divine Redeemer's Nativity this day, Christmas Day, that reminds us that every Mass is a reminder of Bethlehem as God comes down to earth once more, this time under the form of bread and wine, so as to be offered in an unbloody manner by a true priest as His Sacrifice of Calvary is perpetuated, providing us with the foretaste of the Heavenly Jerusalem that awaits all of those who die in a state of Sanctifying Grace as a member of the Catholic Church.
Those who do not understand the joy of Christmas try to find their happiness elsewhere. They search in vain for this happiness in the latest motion picture, some of which debut on Christmas Eve every year as the devil's industry in Hollywood mocks the Nativity of the God-Man, or in various football, basketball or hockey games or in the variety of gadgets and gizmos that they receive (or have purchased for themselves). Make haste today, Christmas Eve, the Lord is nigh. Yes, make haste today for Our King, Christ the King, will come at Midnight in piercing cold in Bethlehem, born miraculously, passing like crystal through glass, of His Most Blessed Mother, the Blessed Virgin Mary, and placed in a manger that served as a feeding trough for the barn animals as His foster-father, Good Saint Joseph, prayed in wonder to see God's Holy Will unfold before his very eyes. They search in vain for this joy and happiness in the rush of elections in the farce that is our Judeo-Masonic system, premised as it is upon an abject indifference to the Incarnation, Nativity, Hidden Life, Public Ministry, Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension of the Divine Babe born for us today. All efforts to know happiness, peace and order is futile without submitting one's entire being to Christ the King and He has revealed Himself to us exclusively through His true Church, the Catholic Church, that He founded upon the Rock of Peter, the Pope.
Look at how all of the efforts to "build" a "democratic" Iraq have come to a crashing halt so soon after the departure of the last remaining American troops last year. Look at the mess in Afghanistan and Libya and Egypt. Mohammedanism is on the rise. All of the blood has been shed in vain. All of the money that has been spent has been wasted. This has occurred because American policy makers, steeped in the myths of American "exceptionalism" and the desire to make the Middle East "safe" and "stable" for the State of Israel, deluded themselves into thinking that is the the American Way that is needed for world peace and stability. No, we need the Catholic Way. We need Christ the King, born for us this every day!
Let us put aside the works of darkness and all petty grudges that we might bear towards others.
Let us put aside the errors of Modernity and those of Modernism in the conciliar church, whose "pope" refers to "believers" when referring to anyone who says he believes in God even if they deny the Sacred Divinity of the Child born for this day.
Let us pray for all men to be of truly good will as members of the Catholic Church, outside of which there is no salvation and without which there can be no true social order.
Let us pray that we will be maintained always in the state of joy that is with us during this holy season of Christmas.
As Dom Prosper Gueranger wrote in The Liturgical Year:
This God our Saviour hath at length appeared! and with such grace and mercy! He alone could deliver us from dead works, and restore us to life. At this very hour, he appeareth to all men, laid in his narrow Crib, and fastly wrapped, as a Babe, in swaddling-clothes. Yes, here we have the Blessed One, whose visit we had so longed hope for! Let us purify our hearts, that he may be pleased with us; for though he is the Infant Jesus, he is also, as the Apostle has just told us, the Great God, and the Son of the Eternal Father, born from all eternity. Let us unite with the Angels and the Church in this hymn to the Great God, Jesus of Bethlehem.
Our Lord is born for us! Rejoice as you pray the Joyful Mysteries today and every day during this holy season.
Rejoice! And keep close to Our Lady and Saint Joseph, begging them to help you to surround the Child Jesus with the love that they did on this day upon which God Himself was born so that we could have, and have to the full for all eternity.
Merry Christmas to you all!
Viva Cristo Rey! Vivat Christus Rex!
Immaculate Heart of Mary, triumph soon!
Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal, pray for us!
Saint Joseph, Patron of Departing Souls, pray for us.
Saints Peter and Paul, pray for us.
Saint John the Baptist, pray for us.
Saint John the Evangelist, pray for us.
Saint Michael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Gabriel the Archangel, pray for us.
Saint Raphael the Archangel, pray for us.
Saints Joachim and Anne, pray for us.
Saints Caspar, Melchior, and Balthasar, pray for us.
See also: A Litany of Saints
Isn't it time to pray a Rosary now?