6th Day of Christmas 2015

This is from an older Christmas letter of Mons. Alfonso Carrasco Rouco, Bishop of Lugo in Galicia, Spain. Below the quote is my translation:

  • “En el Niño Jesús se nos hace visible el inmenso Amor divino que nos da el ser. Él nos desvela que cada uno de nosotros somos amados desde lo hondo del corazón de Dios, y que Él vencerá todo aquello que nos niega y nos destruye: la desconfianza, el desamor, la indiferencia, el odio y la violencia; y la muerte misma, que parece proclamar lo poco que valemos nosotros y nuestra vida, nuestros amores más verdaderos.”

  • “The Child Jesus makes visible to us the Divine Love that gives us being. He reveals that each of us is loved from the depths of God’s heart, and He will overcome all that would deny or destroy us: distrust, unlove**, indifference, hatred and violence; and death itself, which seems to proclaim how little we value ourselves, our lives, and our truest loves.”

** “Unlove” (desamor) is a real word in Spanish. Most of the time it’s translated as “indifference,” but it’s a more nuanced meaning.

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