The following is taken from the Magnificat meditation for Christmas Eve. It was written by Erasmo Leiva-Merikakis, now Brother Simeon, a Cistercian monk in Spencer, MA. It fits in with Dr. Healy's post below.
The eternal Gob becomes what he most loves on earth—a child. But this is no mere sweet sentimentality on God's part: If he loves the childlike it is because they are empty enough to receive what he wants to give, a mystery Guerric of Igny expounds:
"If in the depths of your soul you were to keep a quiet silence, the all-powerful Word would flow from the Father's throne secretly into you. Happy then is the person who has so fled the world's tumult, who has so withdrawn into the solitude and secrecy of interior peace, that he can hear not only the Voice of the Word, but the Word himself: not John but Jesus."
The first effect of the advent of God's Word is thus to take away our own thoughts and words and fill us with the vision of God's own heart.