You’ll shoot your eye out!

Writing from Florida (not a white Christmas) where the brain trust is trying to get my grandson Julius to use the talking potty-training toilet he got for Christmas.  My daughter-in-law is glowing, due to have a second son in May.  Julius touched my stomach yesterday and asked if I was having a baby too (why I oughta…).  I of course am suffering a hangover from too much zucchini casserole.  All the usual post-Christmas flotsam and jetsam, shared with family.

Hope all who read this had an equally joyous Christmas.  Allow me to leave you with some of the words of Father Gabriel of Mary Magdalen:

God is Love; everything He does, both in Himself and outside of Himself, is a work of love. Being the infinite good, He cannot love anything outside of Himself from the desire of increasing His happiness, as is the case with us; in Himself He possesses all. Therefore, in God, to love, and hence to will creatures, is simply to extend, outside of Himself, His infinite good, His perfections, and to communicate to others His own Being and felicity. Bonum diffusivum sui, St. Thomas says. Thus God loved man with an eternal love and, loving him, called him into existence, giving him both natural and supernatural life. Through love, God not only brought man out of nothing, but chose him and elevated him to the state of divine sonship, destining him to participate in His own intimate life, in His eternal beatitude. This was the first plan of the immense charity of God with regard to man. But when man fell into sin, God, who had created him by an act of love, willed to redeem him by an even greater act of love. See then, how the mystery of the Incarnation presents itself to us as the supreme manifestation of God’s exceeding charity toward man. “By this hath the charity of God appeared toward us, because God hath sent His only-begotten Son into the world, that we may live by Him. In this is charity … He hath first loved us, and sent His Son to be a propitiation for our sins” (1 John 4:9-10). After having given man natural life, after having destined him for the supernatural life, what more could He give him than to give Himself, His Word made flesh, for his salvation?

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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