There is no other Christmas

There is no other Christmas


Following a beautiful and firmly rooted tradition, many families set up their crib immediately after the feast of the Immaculate Conception, as if to relive with Mary those days full of trepidation that preceded the birth of Jesus.


{…}The crib helps us contemplate the mystery of God’s love that was revealed in poverty and simplicity at the Bethlehem Grotto…


Indeed, the crib can help us understand the secret of the true Christmas, because it speaks of the humility and merciful goodness of Christ, who

“though He was rich, made Himself poor” for us.

(cf 2 Cor 8:9)


His poverty enriches those who embrace it, and Christmas brings joy and peace to those who, like the shepherds in Bethlehem, accept the angels words:


Let this be a sign to you:

in a manger you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes

(cf Lk 2:12)


This is still the sign for us too,

men and women of the third millennium.

There is no other Christmas.

—Pope Benedict XVI


No words can express how much I miss Pope Emeritus Benedict.




  • quote via ~ Magnificat vol. 16 p. 107


  1. Patricia
    Dec 10, 2014

    Caroline, we have been in flu world at my house, but I try to keep up with your beautiful posts. We have no decorations up yet because of being on bed rest, but I think I will put out our creche tomorrow. I had just been thinking about it.

    Oh, I cannot express how much I miss beloved Pope Benedict either. Everything was so different when we visited Rome this past fall. It is so crowded that the wait to enter St Peter’s is overwhelmingly long. I miss the light in the papal apartment at night. It’s empty now. Everytime I go to Mass, I am so grateful that Pope Benedict was there to incorporate the new translation. I hope he is doing well. Think of you so often xoxo

    • Caroline
      Dec 10, 2014

      Patricia..Ugh the flu. It’s that time of year where everything gets passed around..I hope you’re over it soon.
      It’s hard to even think of decorating when you don’t feel well.

      It must be so different in Rome without the light on in the papal apartment. I had a long talk with my spiritual director (a priest) who was a tremendous help to me, but acknowledges we may be in for a bumpy ride for a while. The new translation is such a gift to the us in the liturgy…so help me, if they try to touch that :-\ Every time they let us have a glimpse of him, I just want to cry.
      Keep well my friend and I too think of you often. xxoo +

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