Saint Anthony of Padua and the Infant Jesus by Bartolome Esteban Murillo

Love of Jesus Christ – Ninth Day of January

Love of Jesus Christ.

If any man love not Our Lord Jesus Christ, let him be anathema.” — 1 Cor. 16:22.


A child is born: it is the Son of God, Who has become a child that you may become a perfect man. He has come upon earth that you may become an inhabitant of heaven. — St. Ambrose.

St. Francis, burning with love for the Infant Jesus, exclaims: “Let us love the Infant of Bethlehem, Who, to win our hearts, has given such proofs of His love. Shall we not love Him? Love for love, love without limit, for the infinite love He has had for us.”

Let us desire the love for the Infant Jesus which St. John had, who was sanctified by Jesus whilst both were yet in the womb; the love of the angels who sang songs of gladness to announce His birth; of the shepherds who hastened to Bethlehem to visit Him; of the Magi who came from afar to adore Him, to offer Him their gifts; of holy Simeon, who took Him in his arms and pressed Him to his heart. Let us beseech Mary to present us to her Adorable Son, to permit us to give Him our poor testimonials of love respect. Let us not cease to say to our dear Saviour, Be my Jesus.


Admirable Jesus! How can we live and not love Thee? Mercy, Jesus, mercy! I beg pardon for myself and all others. The more Thou hast humbled Thyself for me, the more dear Thou art to my heart.

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