Posted by: wordofthevine | December 26, 2017

How to Truly Celebrate Christmas All Year

Let us celebrate Christmas with an awareness of new possibilities. The Lord desires that our life acquire a new dimension this year. We are to become fruitful for others by living a new way of spiritual vitality. A special companion for me in understanding and living this call has been Venerable Concepcion Cabrera de Armida (Conchita), a wife, a mother of a large family and a mystic alive during the last century.

Her prolific writings, some 8000 pages in her spiritual diary, The Account of Conscience, show us that holiness is within the reach of all states of life. In fact, today, we are living in the age of the laity, where the world is awaiting a new advent of graces liberated into the World when the seemingly ordinary Christian begins to take their call to holiness of life seriously.  This Christmas, we celebrate that holiness is not just for priests and nuns but for all of us.

Father Luis Ruiz Vazquez, M.Sp.S., a priest in the Missionaries of the Holy Spirit, an order of priests inspired by the life of Venerable Concepcion Cabrera, writes “We reach this (holiness of mission) by learning how to confide in Jesus lovingly, by adorning Christ, by having a growing confidence in God and believing in God’s power(18)” in Priestly Oblation of Christ and Priestly Dimensions of Baptism in Concepcion Cabrera de Armida.

To learn how to live out these practical principles of holiness, join us for a weekly pick-me-up when we read and discuss this in my book, Awakening a Life-giving Heart: Insights for Women who Pray for the Church. Join us through Incarnate Institute facebook page. Incidentally, although the title of the book quotes, insights for women, the book benefits both women and men who desire to grow in contemplative life to live out the Spirituality of the Cross.


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