“In the Christian world, the feast of Christmas assumed a distinct form in the fourth century when it took the place of the Roman feast of the ‘Sol invictus’, the sun unconquered. This highlighted the fact that the birth of Christ is the victory of the true light over the darkness of evil and sin. Yet the particular and intense spiritual atmosphere that now surrounds Christmas developed during the Middle Ages, thanks to St. Francis of Assisi who was profoundly enamoured of Jesus the man, of the God-with-us”.
“This particular devotion to the mystery of the Incarnation was the origin of the famous Christmas celebration in Greccio. … St. Francis with his nativity scene highlighted the defenceless love, humility and goodness of God, Who in the Incarnation of the Word shows Himself to mankind in order to teach them a new way to live and love”.
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May the child Jesus smile upon you and your loved ones as he smiled upon our holy Father Francis at Greccio.
Br. JR, OSF :christmastree1: