A Creche: “School of Life”

crecheTraditionally in Rome on the 3rd Sunday of Advent people bring out their little baby Jesus’ from their creche’s to be blessed.  A few years ago Pope Benedict said the following:

“[A] crèche can be “a school of life, where we can learn the secret of true joy.” That secret, he said, is that Holy Family is “full of intimate joy because they love one another, they help one another and, above all, they are certain that God is at work in their story.” For the shepherds, he added, true joy comes from “feeling that our individual and community lives are touched by and filled with a great mystery, the mystery of the love of God..”

On this Gaudete Sunday where we rejoice because the coming of our Lord is near.


Do you reach out to those around you?  Do you only love those who love you or do you love even those that are difficult for you to love? Today, resolve to live this 3rd week of Advent with the joy of Jesus and bring kindness, mercy and joy into the lives of the people around you.


Your birthday is almost here Jesus –  a little over a week away.  I beg of you the grace to forget about myself and to give the gift of you to others through my thoughts, words and actions.

Collect: O God, who see how your people faithfully await the feast of the Lord’s Nativity, enable us, we pray, to attain the joys of so great a salvation and to celebrate them always with solemn worship and glad rejoicing. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.