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Great Paraclete, to Thee we cry,
Thou in Thy sevenfold gifts art known;
Our senses kindle from above,
Drive far from us the foe we dread,
0, may Thy grace on us bestow
All glory, while the ages run,
The Acts of Faith, Hope, Charity, and Contrition which are in the Catechism ought to be perfectly known and constantly used.
THE STABLE AT BETHLEHEM.
Grace to ask for : Humility.
See a comfortless stable, partly shed and partly cave, hollowed in the side of a rock.
A poor place indeed. The keen breeze finds its way in freely.
In that stable lies a BABE.
His only cradle is a manger from which cattle feed. He lies there on the rough straw-- a new-born Babe.
His little limbs are wrapped around with swathing bands like the babes of the poorest.
It is JESUS, the great God of heaven, who has come to live and suffer as a little Child, that we might see how much He loves us and how He longs to be with us.