From the editor: December 19, 2014

At the Gates

by Anthony Esolen

The Adoration of the Magi
The Adoration of the Magi (detail) by Rembrandt

The night of the Lord's nativity, a night of sounds and silences. In the stable hewn out of the rock, where no babe had been born before, the holy Child is given to us, and no one but the mother and father yet knows it. And the dumb animals look on with their large sad eyes, the first of God's creation to behold their Creator in the flesh. Travelers are milling about the inn nearby, and the muffled sound of human voices reaches the mother and father and the animals. They hear a random word now and again, before it falls, unmeaning, into silence. From the hills comes the occasional soft bleat of a sheep, and something like far thunder, something like a voice. In Jerusalem the world bustles on with all its clatter. Herod drinks and the flatterers cheer. In the east, an old man narrows his eyes to look upon something in the sky....

Read the rest of Anthony Esolen's Christmas Message here.

Each year, Tony has written a Christmas message for our donors and friends, which I like to share with as many readers as possible. As we approach the Holy Child of Bethlehem, born in a lowly stable, placed in a manger, and adored by shepherds, we are reminded that God so loved the world that He gave His only begotten Son. People today ask, "Where is God?" He was here, among us, Emmanuel, God With Us. He lives and is with us still, Jesus, the Everlasting Man, the Son of God our Savior.

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May the blessings of Christmas be with you always.

Yours for Christ, Creed & Culture,
—James M. Kushiner
Executive Director, The Fellowship of St. James

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