Off to Bethlehem

Editor’s Corner
by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX

Our pilgrimage continues. Let us follow Mary and Joseph in spirit to Bethlehem. They walked 3 – 4 days with little provision and comfort. They had planned for Jesus’ birth at Nazareth. But, Divine Providence thwarted their preparations. How did they react? How would we react? Man proposes; God disposes. So, let us receive God’s intervention in our lives. He destroys, to make improvements. He allows sins to become our Savior. But, are we willing to be saved? “He came unto His own, and His own received Him not.” (Jn. 1:11) We would have thought that He spared His own family from the troubles and perils of a long journey. Yet, the closer we are to Jesus, the heavier our part of His cross – for He is born to be our sacrifice; the ransom for our sins.

Despite its difficulties, like Mary and Joseph, let us be grateful for the year 2016. However, let us not forget that a pilgrim who carries a heavy knapsack is obliged to walk slowly, or to make many stop-overs. In either case, he would arrive late, or would give up his journey completely. As we contemplate the Baby Jesus in the manger, let us detach our minds and hearts from the riches and pleasures of this world, in order to attach them to Him alone. For “as many as received Him, He gave them power to be made the sons of God.” (Jn. 1:12)

Wishing you all a holy and happy Christmas!

An exception that confirms the rule

Editor’s Corner
by Fr. Carlo Magno Saa, FSSPX

When a source is infected, everything that comes from it is corrupted. Adam was the source of human nature; when he sinned, our human nature was corrupted in him. Such was our pitiable state until a Savior was promised to us. Yet, that Savior would not come as a grown-up man. No, he will come as a baby, a son of Adam. So, a worthy mother is needed for him. Therefore, in the one and same eternal decree of the Incarnation was contained the Immaculate Conception.

All the children of Adam inherited his corrupted nature. Yet between God and sin there is a complete and total contradiction. Foreseeing the merits of her Son, God the Father prevented her from inheriting Adam’s guilt. Although conceived like the rest of us, God the Son applied to her first, the fruits of His redemption. God the Holy Ghost made her His purest temple and fruitful spouse. All of that is implied in the very first prophecy of the Bible: “I will put enmities between thee and the woman, and thy seed and her seed: she shall crush thy head, and thou shalt lie in wait for her heel.” (Gen 3:15)

The angel Gabriel who commanded Zachary, has to bow down and greet Mary: “Hail, full of grace, the Lord is with thee.” (Lk 1:28) Meaning, before she conceived Christ in her womb, she already conceived Him in her Immaculate Heart. Truly, her Immaculate Conception is greater than the Original Justice lost by Adam. So, whenever God thinks of a pure and perfect creature, He thinks of Mary!