In this Advent-time, many remark on the strangeness of this Christmas – (NOTE: orig. in 2020) similar to Christmas in war-time, such uncertainty looming over us all – the heaviness of the atmosphere portending worse to come. Worse in what way? There are so many! As we look to the birth of our dear Savior, made small and helpless for our salvation, born in Bethlehem, “House of Bread”, House of Battle”, we are reminded that this battle is over our Emmanuel, our God with us, made little and helpless to abide with us always in the Eucharist, His sacrament of love which is also our food for the battle now raging. Food which is denied to many at present due to the craven cowardice of our own shepherds; false shepherds who have abandoned their sheep.
And yet, Lucifer’s dark power is no match for the Woman clothed with the Sun. For in the City of David was born of this pure Virgin, flesh of her pure flesh, God of true God and Food of everlasting life, the Conqueror of Darkness, of sin and of death. Christ our Lord. As we will see, even as this darkness increases, the way is prepared for the dawn of our salvation and it will come through the Immaculata, Gate of Dawn, through which the Sun of Justice will return.
For satan rules through pride and self-love, lust and gluttony, greed and revenge, while the Immaculata teaches her children to grow strong in purity of spirit, poverty, self-denial, and above all, love of God and all He has provided for us, including our enemies, for it is by persecution that the spirit grows stronger. And we in this brief time left to us turn to our Blessed Mother in renewed reparation to prepare us for the hard battle ahead.