December 30, Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas
is your beatitude. The things of time are toys. You are eternity's child
and your eternity has already begun! There is a compelling urgency to
every day and every hour of the day. In it we are to witness to the
truth — that God greeted and gifted us at Christmas.
If you know what witness means, you understand why
God brings St. Stephen, St. John, and the Holy Innocents to the crib
in the cave as soon as Christ is born liturgically. To be a witness
is to be a martyr. Holy Mother Church wishes us to realize
that we were born in baptism to become Christ — He who
was the world's outstanding Martyr. — Love Does Such Things, by
Rev. M. Raymond, O.C.S.O.