Monday, December 24, 2012

St. Ambrose of Milan on the Nativity

"He was a baby, He was a child,

so that you might be a perfect man;

He was wrapped in swaddling clothes,

that you might be loosed from the snares of death;

He was in a manger, so that you might be in the altar;

He on earth, that you might be in the stars.

He had no other place in the inn,

that you might have many mansions in the Heavens.

He, it says, being rich, became poor for your sakes,

that through His poverty you might be rich.

Therefore, His poverty is my inheritance,

and the Lord's weakness is my virtue.

He chose to lack for Himself,

that He might abound for all."

-- Saint Ambrose of Milan

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