Happy New Year!

It is that wonderful time when we can start planning our resolutions for the new year ahead. “But it is only November!”, I hear you say. I am of course referring to the Church year, you silly billies! The first Sunday of Advent is finally upon us. So, what form shall our resolutions take this year?

The following thoughts recently arrived in my mental inbox:

Though I do not believe in reincarnation, I do believe in the Incarnation. If one can master this Mystery, then all else follows. Let us review things:

Mary, the future Mother of God is conceived, without sin in the womb of St Anne by St Joachim. She is a descendant of Eve, and a descendant of David.

St Joachim, St Anne, and Our Lady

John the Baptist, the greatest of the prophets, is conceived by an aged woman. His coming has been foretold. His mission is to make straight the paths of the Lord.

A man clad in skins, eating locusts and honey

An Archangel visits Mary, and communicates God’s wish for her to conceive the Saviour of the world. MARY ACCEPTS. Christ is conceived in her blessed womb, and becomes present to all space and all time from this moment. The Saviour is Incarnated, even though He is only a single cell embryo!

The mighty Archangel kneels before the Mother of God

Mary hears of her cousin being with child, and goes to visit, while carrying the Saviour within her, about in the world. She meets her cousin, and John leaps in his mother’s womb at the proximity of the King of Kings. An innocent (unborn) babe shows no fear, only joy, at meeting the Lord of All.

The Visitation

After much enforced hardship, Mary and Joseph find their way to a stable in the ‘burbs of the Holy City, and there, hidden from the world’s media, the Word of God is presented to the world.

[I feel a terrible compunction to kneel at this point]

The birth of Our Lord

What the world needs is not reincarnation, but reinvigoration, rediscovery of the central fact of the universe. The CREATOR became CREATURE.

This is what should be the news headline every morning. It is the only really useful news we can ever hear. Why did He do this?

To draw every human being to Himself, to be their King, to establish the everlasting Kingdom of Heaven.

This Advent, we must remember the Immaculate Conception, St John the Baptist, the Annunciation, the Visitation, and the Nativity.

What starts well, will most likely, end well.

Happy New Year!

About Brother Burrito

A sinner who hopes in God's Mercy, and who cannot stop smiling since realizing that Christ IS the Way , the Truth and the Life. Alleluia!
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17 Responses to Happy New Year!

  1. bwr47 says:

    A lovely article to set us on the path through Advent to Christmas. These events should indeed make the headlines in every news bulletin every day of the year. (Toad may at this point wish to make any number of comments about the word “news” containing “new” and about the need to flog large amounts of paper each day …).

    There is, though, just one point that is troubling me theologically, as it were. This is when you say that “the CREATOR became CREATURE”. Our creed teaches us that Christ was “begotten, not made, of one Being with the Father”. Though like us in all things except sin, Christ was there “in the beginning” and I am therefore not at all sure that we can describe Him as a “Creature”.

    Maybe a friendly visiting priest or theologian can grapple in a more erudite manner with the mysteries of the Trinity and of the Incarnation to clarify this.

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  2. Brother Burrito says:

    Thanks bwr47,

    I am almost totally illiterate in the theology department, and it was not my intention to be deliberately heretical! Indeed, it would be fantastic if an expert would put us right on this. As I’ve probably written before, this blog used to just be Catholicism Pure, until I came along.

    I should take this opportunity to alert newer readers that this blog was set up by a random bunch of loving amateurs back in June, while we were on the run from aggressive atheist trolls at a.n. other UK “Catholic” blog. As such, we are a fruit of Providence and the full spectrum of fallen human nature. We are bound to mess up, but are always ready to be corrected, God willing.

    Having said that, we are always on the look out for new contributors, and if any of you out there humbly consider that you can do better, then PLEASE DO!!!

    Check out the “About this blog-Contact us” page up top, to discuss/submit copy. You really will be very welcome.

    God love you all.

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  3. bwr47 says:

    Thanks, Burrito and Teresa

    Let me first say that I am very ready to be corrected. I am not 100 per cent sure of my ground here. I raised the matter only to move towards clarity, not to stir any trouble!

    Second, though, I think the early Arian heresy got dangerously close to describing Christ as a creature. And I think we are in danger of sailing close to that viewpoint if we separate Christ’s two natures.

    I still feel it might be good to get a good Catholic theologian on board!

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  4. toadspittle says:

    “Mary, the future Mother of God is conceived, without sin in the womb of St Anne by St Joachim. She is a descendant of Eve, and a descendant of David.”

    Says Burro.

    “She is a descendant of Eve,”

    Who isn’t?

    Then Burro tells us..

    “After much enforced hardship, Mary and Joseph find their way to a stable in the ‘burbs of the Holy City…”

    Which reminds Toad of being asked by a friend, “Why was there no room at the Inn for the Holy Family?”
    “Because it was Christmas, of course.”

    If only we’d known earlier!
    All overbooked weeks before. We’ve all been there.

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  5. toadspittle says:

    “The Saviour is Incarnated, even though He is only a single cell embryo!”

    Toad would have thought He (the Saviour that is, not Toad) was incarnated EXACTLY BECAUSE he was a single cell embryo.
    What on earth else could He have been? (the ‘on earth’ bit here is very significant, Toad thinks.)A double cell embryo?
    Why not, indeed? Make theology even more complex, though, he also thinks.

    Oh, well. Happy New Year, anyway!

    (And, wouldn’t it be a pleasant surprise if nobody on earth was killed – in the name of some religion or other – during this happy new year?
    And, if that was the case, wouldn’t it be the first year in the entire history of the world when such a thing didn’t happen?)

    Happy New Year!

    Always something to look forward to, is there not!

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  6. toadspittle says:

    ¡ Coding bollixed agin!
    Hollin!

    ¡ Coding un-bollixed agin!
    Edited by a Raven

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  7. toadspittle says:

    Sorry.

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  8. bwr47 says:

    This is developing into an interesting discussion …! The quotations you have given, Teresa, are undoubtedly relevant but have not (yet) convinced me that it is correct to describe Jesus as a creature.

    The encyclical of Pope Pius XI on the Feast of Christ the King (Quas Primas) (see, eg, http://www.ewtn.com/faith/teachings/incac4.htm) states that “the Word of God, as consubstantial with the Father, has all things in common with him, and therefore has necessarily supreme and absolute dominion over all things created”.

    Does that not also demonstrate that it is wrong to describe Jesus as a creature? Jesus cannot at one time be a creature and have dominion over all things created. Or so it seems to me … 🙂

    I reiterate, here, that I think the original post is both lovely and inspiring. We are into very technical discussions here, none of which need to detract from the intentions and sentiments of Burrito’s post. I would personally, though, still maintain that “creature” is the wrong term and that it would be correct to say “the CREATOR became MAN” or “… ONE OF US”.

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  9. toadspittle says:

    “Crittur?”

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  10. toadspittle says:

    What has all this Creator/ Creature/ Crittur, stuff go to do with the price of fish?

    Or whether we are all going to have a Happy New Year, or not? (Not, thinks Toad.)

    It’s typical CP&S, God bless it, and I do ‘groove on it,’ as Burro would say.

    But… Crikey.

    Angels on a pinhead. Or pinheads on an angel.

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  11. omvendt says:

    “Crittur?”

    I haven’t seen anyone use such a term other than you, Toad.

    Another of your winsome “jokes”, I suspect.

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  12. omvendt says:

    Says Teresa:

    “P.S. the terminus technicus in this regard is “the hypostastic union”.”

    Which Father Peter Stravinskas tells us is: “The substantial unity of the divine and human natures in the one Person (hypostasis) of Jesus Christ. This doctrine was proclaimed at the Council of Chalcedon (A.D. 451), ruling out both Nestorianism (which denied the real unity of the natures of Christ) and Monophysitism (which denied the real distinction of the human and divine natures of Christ).

    Toad:

    Re my earlier post – I believe that you have a bright streak of decency running through you and that in your own ‘anural’ way you seek the truth.

    But every now and again you write something – and I just fly up in the air.

    Must try to develop the virtue of patience.

    And do a little work on charity too.

    Pax vobiscum.

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  13. joyfulpapist says:

    “It was a night unlike any other since the beginning of the world.
    A new born baby cried out in hunger –
    And the voice that pierced the darkness
    was the voice of the One who had spoken light itself into being.
    The tiny hand His mother stroked
    was the hand of the One who had filled up the seas
    and shaped the first man from the dust.
    That night, time gave birth to eternity;
    space gave a home to infinity.
    The potter climbed inside His clay.
    God Himself had come to earth.”

    By Paul Thigpen

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  14. toadspittle says:

    Splendid news to greet the New Year, we all agree!!!

    http://www.agreenchurch.com/

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  15. Brother Burrito says:

    (Through tears) AMEN!

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  16. citroen2cv says:

    Greetings!
    Love the site and thanks for an interesting and uplifting article.

    bwr47 does make an interesting point and I do not think it mere straw splitting to raise the question.

    Whilst it is true that the notable and holy theologian Fr. John Hardon S.J. and the great Fr. Trujilio (of EWTN fame) use the expression ‘The Creator became a Creature’ it does not seem quite precise enough. The Catechism limits itself to the clear expression of The Word becomes Flesh.

    I understand the sentiment Brother Burrito expresses and it sounds a nice thing to say but I think it more accurate to restrict ourselves to saying that Jesus Christ is God Incarnate to avoid confusion and misunderstanding. This would seem more necessary in an era which tries to reduce Christ to His humanity or drive a wedge between the so-called Jesus of History and the Christ of Faith. (Clearly you do not do this but countless others do).

    Many priests today talk about God becoming a ‘human being’… Again it is more accurate to say that He is a Divine Being with Two Natures – Divine and Human.

    Therefore He does allow Himself to experience what it is to be a creature and assumes human nature – receiving His human characteristics from Our Blessed Lady. However He is always also Divine and not Created in the sense of actually being a creature.

    The thing is He has to be totally Human and totally Divine – to say He became a creature would seem to suggest that He ceased to be God…

    Chalcedon says: We confess that one and the same Christ, Lord and only-begotten Son, is to be acknowledged in two natures without confusion, change, division or separation. The distinction between the natures was never abolished by their union, but rather the character proper to each of the two natures was preserved as they came together in one person and one hypostasis.

    This definition holds all the elements in balance and tension so to speak! I cannot say it clearer than that because I am only a Creature!!!

    A blessed Advent to you all.

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  17. Brother Burrito says:

    Thank you citroen2cv for your intelligent comments, which are helping me in my neocatechumen’s bewilderment.

    I posit that somebody has fitted a V12 engine under your bonnet/hood!

    Please call by again. We are always hiring.

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