Newsletter of the District
Mystery of the Nativity
St. Leo, Pope and Doctor
Savior, dearly Beloved, was born this day. Let us rejoice. Sadness
is not becoming upon the Birth Day of Life Itself, which, now that
the fear of death is ended, fills us with gladness, because of our
own promised immortality. No one is excluded from sharing in this
cheerfulness for the reason of our joy is common to all men. Our
Lord, the Conqueror of sin and death, since there was no one free
from servitude, came that He might bring deliverance to all.
him who is sanctified rejoice, for he draws nigh to the palm. Let
the sinner rejoice, since he is invited to grace. Let the Gentiles
exult, for they are called to life. For the Son of God, in the
fulness of time, has taken upon Himself the nature of our humanity,
as the unsearchable depths of the divine counsel hath decreed, in
order that the inventor of death, the devil, by that very nature
which he defeated, would be himself overcome.
in this contest that was undertaken for us, the battle was waged
in accordance with a great and wondrous law of justice. For the
Omnipotent God engaged in combat with His most bitter enemy, not
in the strength of His own Majesty, but in our human infirmity;
confronting him with our very form and nature, and sharing likewise
in our mortality; but free of all stain.
this Holy Nativity, is that of which we read of all men: No one
is there free from sin, not even the infant whose life upon the
earth is but a day (Job xiv. 4 (LXX)). But of the concupiscence
of the flesh, nothing has been transmitted in this unique generation;
nothing of the law of sin has descended. A royal Virgin of the
house of David is chosen as the bearer of the Sacred Fruit, who
had conceived her divine and human Offspring in her soul, before
she conceived Him in her body.
knowing not the divine purpose, and lest she be fearful at such
unheard of tidings, she learns from the angelic colloquy of that
which was to be wrought in her by the Holy Ghost; nor did she, who
was about to become the Mother of God, believe that this betokened
the loss of her virginity.
should she be fearful, to whom fruitfulness is promised through
the power of the Most High? The faith of the believer is confirmed
by the witness of the miracle that went before, when to Elizabeth
was given unlooked for fruitfulness; that it might not be doubted,
that He Who had given to the barren to conceive, would give it likewise
to the Virgin.
Word of God, therefore, God, the Son, Who in the beginning was with
God, by Whom all things were made, and without Whom was made nothing
that was made, became Man, that He might free man from eternal death;
bending down to the taking of our lowliness, without diminution
of His own Majesty, so that remaining what He was, and taking upon
Himself what He was not, He might join the form in which He is equal
to God the Father (Phil. ii. 6); and by such a bond so link both
natures, that this exaltation might not swallow up the lesser, nor
adoption lessen the Higher.
therefore, the substance of both natures, and uniting them in One
Person, lowliness is assumed by Majesty; infirmity, by Power; mortality,
by Immortality. And to pay the debt of our present state, an inviolable
Nature is united to our suffering one; and true God and true man
are welded into the unity of One Lord, so that, as was needed for
our healing, one and the same Mediator of God and men, might, by
the one, suffer death, and by the Other, rise again from the dead.
Rightly then, did this Birth of our salvation bring no taint of
corruption to the Virginal integrity; for the birth of Truth, was
the defense of virginity.
a birth, dearly Beloved, befitted Christ, the Power of God, and
the Wisdom of God; whereby He would be both joined to our lowliness,
yet remain far above us in His divinity. For unless he were true
God, He could bring us no aid; and were He not true man, He could
offer us no example. The exulting angels, therefore, sing to the
new born Lord, Glory to God in the Highest, and they announce
unto me peace on earth to men of good will. For they see
heavenly Jerusalem made up from all peoples of the earth. With
what joy may not the lowliness of mankind rejoice in this unspeakable
work of the divine compassion, when the angels in their glory so
us, therefore, give thanks, dearly Beloved, to God the Father, through
the Son, in the Holy Ghost; Who, because of the exceeding great
love, wherein He has loved us, has had compassion on us. And even
when we were dead in sins, hath quickened us together in Christ
(Eph. ii. 5), that in Him we might be a new creature, and a
new clay. Let us strip ourselves of the old man with his deeds;
for being made partakers of the Birth of Christ, let us renounce
the deeds of the flesh (Col. iii. 9).
O Christian, the dignity that is yours! Being made a partaker of
the divine nature, do not by an unworthy manner of living fall back
into your former abjectness of life. Be mindful of Whose Head,
and of Whose Body, you are a member. Remember, that wrested from
the powers of darkness, thou art now translated into the Light and
the Kingdom of God. By the sacrament of baptism you have become
the temple of the Holy Spirit. Do not, by evil deeds, drive out
from you such a One dwelling with thee, and submit yourself again
to the bondage of the devil. Because your price was the Blood of
Christ; because in strictness He shall judge you Who in mercy has
redeemed you, Who with the Father and the Holy Ghost, liveth and
reigneth, world without end.