JESUS calls himself the lily of the valley to show us that as he was born in such great humility, so it is only the humble who find him. Therefore the angel did not go and announce the birth of Jesus Christ to Caesar or to Herod, but to poor humble shepherds.
From Thoughts from St Alphonsus for Every Day
Compiled by Rev. C. McNeiry, C.SS.R.
Imprimatur: Joseph Hull, C.SS.R., Prov. Angl. Sup.
Nihil Obstat: Innocentlus Apap, O.P., S.T.M., Censor Deptutatus.
Imprimatur: Edm. Can. Surmont, Vicarius Generalis.
Westmonasterii, Die 9a Junii, 1927.
First published 1927