A meditation for Christmas by Br Charles, Charles de Foucauld

The Nativity. From Meditations of a Hermit

And she brought forth her first-born son and wrapped him in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger because there was no room for them in the inn. Luke 2.7

'I was born, born for you, born in a cave, in December, in the cold, on a wintry night, in poverty and in solitude, unknown even to the poorest. Why was I born in this way? So that you may believe in my love, since my love for you knows no limit. As I have loved you so much, put all your hope in me. I teach you to love me. Loving you with such tender love it was not enough for me to give myself to the world in the Incarnation. Ever since my birth I have shown myself to you and have put myself entirely into your hands. Ever since then you have been able to see me, hold me, hear me, serve me, console me. Love me, love me, for I am close to you. I give myself to you completely. In my great goodness I did not give myself to you just at my birth for a few days or years, but I gave myself into your hands for ever, till the end of time..

'I became this little child, so gentle and vulnerable, for you. Do not be afraid of me, come, take me in your arms and adore me, caress me as a child loves to be caressed. See, I hold out my arms to you. Be not afraid to caress me, a little tender babe. I am your God, but I am gentle and smiling. Be not afraid, but full of tenderness and love and confidence.'

Retreat at Nazareth. From Meditations of a Hermit

Jesus in his Incarnation and birth

November 6, 1897

'My God, all this happy day I shall meditate on you. Yes, my God, you are constant and faithful. The Incarnation sprang from the goodness of God. The humility contained in this mystery is amazing, marvellous, astonishing! It shines with a dazzling brilliance! God, the Essence, Infinite Perfection, Creator, All-Powerful, the Sovereign Lord of All, becomes man and takes the body and soul of one of us. He comes on earth as a man, and the humblest of men.