"Alleluia, alleluia. Tomorrow shall the iniquity of the earth be abolished: and the Savior of the world shall reign over us. Alleluia." - Alleluia from the Vigil of Christmas
The events of Christmas 1914 during the first world war are true and astounding! At that time, Pope Benedict XV called for a temporary cease fire for the feast of Christmas 1914. The parties at war did not officially declare this moment of peace but one night, a brave German stepped into no-man's-land and began singing Stille Nacht, Silent Night. His song was joined by many others from both sides of the fight. The French, the British and the Germans all began singing, greeting one another cordially, sharing food and drink and even helping one another to bury their dead. The fighting had ceased in the name of Jesus Christ, the newborn King.
Even though we are not currently participating in a world war, our souls still hang in the balance between time and eternity. This Advent, we have been making war on our passions, our attachments to the things of the world and to ourselves. Tonight at midnight, the King of Peace will come into our souls bringing with Him many graces and lights according to the dispositions of our souls. He calls for a cease fire in order to bring us the plenitude of His grace.
- by Jane Carver
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"The prudent man considers things afar off, in so far as they tend to be a help or a hindrance to that which has to be done at the present time." - St. Thomas Aquinas