Acting on Christ’s Words
Seal up, O Christ, your words in my soul, that I may sin not against you: gather up the Blood you shed for me, and pour it into my heart; let my love be wholly yours as a return for all your sufferings for me. It was for me you did seek; for me you did fight; for me you did bear the mockings, and all that cost you so dear; let me be all yours, since you have ransomed me so dearly. God who is about to be born has no house, no cradle ready for him, so do you prepare your heart for his dwelling-place. Let it be warm with love, for the Babe is chilled; but still, if it be only tepid, the shivering Infant will bring it greater heat. The more he suffers from the cold for us, the more strongly does he prove his love, and so deserves our love still more. In the rigorous winter weather which he bore for us, he chose to wear no clothes to protect him; but naked was he born, and naked died upon the cross for us, because, both in his birth and death, he manifested the greatest excess of love. You must have ready a crib, then, in which to rock him to sleep, which symbolizes the repose of contemplation. See that you treat him well, for he is the Son of a mighty King and of a Virgin, and loves to dwell in the breasts of virgins, for the food that pleases him is mortified and crucified nature.
He has many poor brethren, and those who love him must love them too, for his sake. Give them you alms, for they are the brothers of your Creator.
When our Lord comes to be born in your soul, keep careful guard over him, and may he protect and save you for his mercy’s sake.