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This is why I love Christmas Eve. From Cistercian Abbot Andre Louf about the beauty and joy of Christmas night:

That is the joyful message of the night of Christmas: if the little child who was born in Bethlehem is truly the Son of God, then from that moment on everything becomes possible. Then the outlook of the world will change, every hurt will have meaning because it will be healed, every cloud of darkness will be swept away by the light, and every sorrow turn into joy. For in this little child of Christmas God’s grace is revealed for the salvation of all. From this point on every human weakness will be clothed with the power of God’s Son, cherished and caressed by his love.

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