"You must look at the Child in the manger""He is our Love. Look at him, realizing that the whole thing is a mystery. We need to accept this mystery on faith and use our faith to explore it very deeply." (Excerpt from the homily: "Christ Triumphs Through Humility" 12-24-1963).
"The Lord is born to us”“This day shall light shine upon us; for the Lord is born to us.” This is the great announcement which moves Christians today. Through them it is addressed to all mankind." (Christ is Passing By, 12).
"Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus occupy a special place in our hearts""At Christmas our thoughts turn to the different events and circumstances surrounding the birth of the Son of God. As we contemplate the stable in Bethlehem or the home of the holy family in Nazareth, Mary, Joseph and the child Jesus occupy a special place in our hearts. What does the simple, admirable life of the holy family tell us? What can we learn from it?" (Holy Rosary, 3).
"Christ tells you and me that he needs us"Every time Christmas comes around, I love to look at representations of the child Jesus. Statues and pictures which show a God who lowered himself remind me that God is calling us. The Almighty wants us to know that he is defenceless, that he needs men’s help. From the cradle at Bethlehem, Christ tells you and me that he needs us. He urges us to live a christian life to the full — a life of self-sacrifice, work and joy. (Christ is Passing By, 18, 1).
"God is here""'This day shall light shine upon us; for the Lord is born to us.' This is the great announcement which moves Christians today. Through them it is addressed to all mankind. God is here." (Christ Is Passing By 12, 1).
“Each year that ends is a step that takes us nearer to Heaven”When you look back on your life, which seems to have been marked by no great efforts or achievements, think how much time you have wasted, and how you can recover it with penance and greater self-giving. (Furrow, 996).
“The humility of Jesus: in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, on Calvary…”The humility of Jesus: in Bethlehem, in Nazareth, on Calvary. But more humiliation and more self-abasement still in the Sacred Host: more than in the stable, more than in Nazareth, more than on the Cross. That is why I must love the Mass so much ('Our' Mass, Jesus...) (The Way, 533).
“Before God, you are a child”Before God, who is eternal, you are much more a child than, before you, the tiniest toddler. And besides being a child, you are a child of God.--Don't forget it. (The Way, 860).
“Give yourself to the service of our Lord in the world”Just think, there are so many men and women on earth, and the Master does not fail to call every single one. He calls them to a Christian life, to a life of holiness, to a chosen life, to life eternal. (The Forge, 13).
“Jesus is still looking for shelter”Jesus was born in a cave in Bethlehem because, Sacred Scripture tells us, ``there was no room for them in the inn.'' I am not departing from theological truth when I say that Jesus is still looking for shelter in your heart. (The Forge, 274).