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This Bethlehem crib is so beautiful

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This Bethlehem crib is so beautiful and so great.It contains the whole Christ, who is both God and man. It contains the workshop of Nazareth, the Passion and the Cross, and all the glory of the Resurrection and of heaven. That is how our God first appeared, and he wants to be contemplated and adored in this state not only by the lowly but also by the great. He accepted the adoration of both shepherds and wise men and he even led them by a star into the presence of this little baby without grandeur or majesty.
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A holiness which is human

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I would like to pass on to my little sisters the important ideal of a holiness which is human. I want them to fix their eyes and their heart on the life of Jesus which was so simple, so that they can get the taste for the extraordinary out of their minds forever, unless, of course, it's a taste for the extraordinarily simple. Then, onto this humanity, we must graft divine love, a love without measure.
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Open wide our hearts

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I believe more and more that we have not been created merely to achieve our own personal spiritual perfection. Neither have we been called to organise efficient, well-run communities. Our role is to prepare the ground and to sow the seed... The whole world is crying out to us. Faith is dying, the spark of love is fading, because there are not enough warm hearths of welcoming love in the world... I am sure that we must open wide our hearts and souls and the doors of our houses...
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True friendship can exist

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I want you to believe that true friendship and profound affection can exist between people who do not come from the same religion, nor from the same race, nor from the same social background.
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Your love must grow

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Your love must grow, become sensitive and respectful. It is easy to find people who love generously but people who love with sensitivity and respect for each individual person are rare. The Lord's own countenance is in every person.
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The poor will evangelize you

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You will not forget that it is very often the little and the poor who will evangelize you and reveal Jesus to you.
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