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The Intellect, the Search for Light...


«But if You are everywhere, why do I not behold You as present? But surely You dwell in light inaccessible. Yet, where is light inaccessible? Or how shall I approach unto light inaccessible? Or who will lead me to and into this [light] so that in it I may behold You? Furthermore, by what signs, by what facial appearance shall I seek You? Never have I seen You, O Lord my God; I am not acquainted with Your face. [...]. O Lord, You are my God, and You are my Lord; yet, never have I seen You. You have created me and created me anew and have bestowed upon me whatever goods I have; but I am not yet acquainted with You. Indeed, I was made for seeing You; but not yet have I done that for which I was made. […]. Teach me to seek You, and reveal Yourself to me as I seek; for unless You teach [me] I cannot seek You, and unless You reveal Yourself I cannot find You. Let me seek You in desiring You; let me desire You in seeking You. Let me find [You] in loving [You]; let me love [You] in finding [You]. […] O Lord, I do not attempt to gain access to Your loftiness, because I do not at all consider my intellect to be equal to this [task]. But I yearn to understand some measure of Your truth, which my heart believes and loves. For I do not seek to understand in order to believe, but I believe in order to understand. For I believe even this: that unless I believe, I shall not understand.» [Saint Anselm, Proslogion, 1]

In the Catacombs of Priscilla, in Rome, we find, perhaps, the oldest representation of the mystery of Christmas; here the Magi are arriving into the presence of Mary and the Child, a representation of God's People Pilgrim on Earth, a celebration of Difference and Harmony, of Joy Redeemed and Sanctified Sorrow. May the contemplation of the Eternal Child bring renewed Hope and Joy into our hearts and the entire World.

felix dies Nativitatis  ميلاد مجيد 圣诞快乐  메리크리스마스  merry Christmas  joyeux Noël  frohe Weihnachten buon Natale  feliz Navidad  feliz Natal  חג מולד שמח Καλα Χριστούγεννα З Різдвом Христовим  с Рождеством Христовым Ukhisimusi omuhle.