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Midnight in Rome

 

From the National Catholic Register:

“Again and again,” the Pope said at midnight mass], “it astonishes us that God makes himself a child so that we may love him. [It] is as if God were saying: I know that my glory frightens you, and that you are trying to assert yourself in the face of my grandeur. So now I am coming to you as a child, so that you can accept me and love me.”

To everyone here at Ricochet, Merry Christmas.

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  1. Profile photo of smp16 Inactive

    Merry Christmas, Peter!

    • #1
    • December 25, 2012 at 1:28 am
  2. Profile photo of Aaron Miller Member

    Some relate to Jesus as a brotherly companion. I have always known Him foremost as my just and gracious King. Thus, to imagine my King as a small and helpless babe is like trying to imagine a star pulsing brightly from my back yard… like the height of glory in a cardboard box.

    To the think that my Creator once cried and ate and pooped and slept like any human being!

    Happy Birthday, little King!

    • #2
    • December 25, 2012 at 1:31 am
  3. Profile photo of Pseudodionysius Member

    Merry Christmas Peter. Thank you for the site and 1,000 other reasons.

    • #3
    • December 25, 2012 at 1:51 am
  4. Profile photo of SpinozaCarWash Inactive

    And the Word became flesh and dwelt among us, and we have seen His glory, glory as of the only Son from the Father, full of grace and truth.

    • #4
    • December 25, 2012 at 5:42 am
  5. Profile photo of Fricosis Guy Coolidge

    Don’t believe in miracles? The site didn’t keel over after Pseudo’s thousandth “The End of Ricochet” comment.

    • #5
    • December 25, 2012 at 6:07 am
  6. Profile photo of Pilli Member

    Merry Christmas to all my friends at Ricochet.

    • #6
    • December 25, 2012 at 7:30 am
  7. Profile photo of Nick Stuart Thatcher

    Recently Pope Benedict began twittering (@Pontifex). Sample:

    Pontifex.png

    If, like mine, your twitter feed runs the gamut from ephemeral political commentary to snarky drivel (with the two being sometimes indistinguishable) you might want to add the Holy Father. Every day or so a welcome reminder that there’s a larger purpose than the topic of the hour.

    With that, a blessed Christmas and joyous New Year to you and yours.

    • #7
    • December 25, 2012 at 7:59 am
  8. Profile photo of tabula rasa Member

    Beautiful message from Pope Benedict.

    Thanks, Peter. Happy Christmas one and all.

    • #8
    • December 25, 2012 at 9:40 am
  9. Profile photo of Cornelius Julius Sebastian Thatcher

    Beautiful! Merry Christmas to you and yours, good sir!

    • #9
    • December 25, 2012 at 10:01 am
  10. Profile photo of Crow's Nest Member

    Merry Christmas, Peter.

    • #10
    • December 25, 2012 at 10:24 am
  11. Profile photo of Frederick Key Inactive

    Merry Christmas, Peter. Benedict is one of the great Christian thinkers of modern times, no doubt about it. His exegesis of the temptations of Jesus in the desert was just about breathtaking. Here he does it again.

    • #11
    • December 25, 2012 at 10:36 am
  12. Profile photo of Nanda Panjandrum Inactive
    Nanda Panjandrum

    A blessed Christmas to you and yours, Mr. Robinson!

    • #12
    • December 25, 2012 at 10:43 am
  13. Profile photo of VooDoo Member

    Merry Christmas, Peter, and to everyone else on Ricochet.

    • #13
    • December 25, 2012 at 11:11 am
  14. Profile photo of Jimmy Carter Member

    Happy Holi…. nah, just kidding.

    Merry Christmas, Ricochet.

    • #14
    • December 25, 2012 at 11:19 am
  15. Profile photo of Tom Lindholtz Inactive

    A blessed Christmas to and your family, as well, Peter.

    • #15
    • December 25, 2012 at 12:59 pm
  16. Profile photo of Mike LaRoche Thatcher

    Merry Christmas to all Ricochetti!

    • #16
    • December 26, 2012 at 1:51 am
  17. Profile photo of Hartmann von Aue Member

    A blessed and merry Christmas Ricochettistas!

    • #17
    • December 26, 2012 at 4:28 am
  18. Profile photo of Western Chauvinist Member

    I’m always happy when my thinking is in sync with PBXVI. It feels like I’ve tuned into the right channel. 

    This is one of those times. I’ve been contemplating how great hope, salvation even(!), can be embodied in something so small and helpless as a newborn babe. That’s something, or I should say, Someone, to carry us through these times of grieving for the country. Keep looking out for the small, exceptionally hopeful signs — for God with us.

    Merry Christmas everyone!

    • #18
    • December 26, 2012 at 12:45 pm