Monday, December 22, 2014

Child of the Dove ... Come!

Veni, Veni, Emmanuel!
 
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Advent antiphons 
 
From Mary's sweet silence
Come, Word mutely spoken!
 
Pledge of our real life,
Come, Bread yet unbroken!

Seed of the Golden Wheat,
In us be sown.
 
Fullness of true Light,
Through us be known.
 
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Secret held tenderly,
Guarded with Love,
 
Cradled in purity,
Child of the Dove,
 
COME!
 
Sr M Charlita, I.H.M
 
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Sunday, December 21, 2014

Fourth Sunday of Advent: Love

Fourth Sunday of ADVENT
Love
 
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"Hail full of grace! The Lord is with you." - Luke 1:28



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 “The modern world’s feverish struggle for unbridled,
often unlicensed, freedom is answered by the bound,
enclosed helplessness and dependence of Christ:

Christ in the womb,
Christ in the Host,
Christ in the tomb."
           

Caryll Houselander
The Reed of God

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 Allegory of the Eucharist ~ Alexander Coosemans 


Saturday, December 20, 2014

Passing beyond oneself...

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace
as you trust in him, so that you may overflow
with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. - Romans 15:13
 
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 "He who enters 
into the secret place of his own soul
passes beyond himself,
and does in very truth ascend to God.
 
Banish, therefore, from thy heart 
the distractions of earth
and turn thine eyes to spiritual joys,
that thou mayest learn at last
to repose in the light
of the contemplation of God."

St. Albert the Great

Friday, December 19, 2014

The sight of FAITH

 ...it is fitting for the upright to praise him.  - Psalm 33:1b

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"Words cannot express the perfection of his adoration. If Saint John leaped in the womb at the approach of Mary, what feelings must have coursed through Joseph during those six months when he had at his side and under his very eyes the hidden God!

If the father of Origin used to kiss his child during the night and adore the Holy Spirit living within him, can we doubt that Joseph must often have adored Jesus hidden in the pure tabernacle of Mary? How fervent that adoration must have been: My Lord and my God, behold your servant!

No one can describe the adoration of this noble soul. He saw nothing, yet he believed; his faith had to pierce the virginal veil of Mary. So likewise with you! Under the veil of the Sacred Species your faith must see our Lord.

Ask St. Joseph for his lively, constant faith."

St. Peter Julian Eymard

Thursday, December 18, 2014

His life: an Advent!

"The life of a priest is an Advent
bringing forth 
the Incarnation of souls."- Bl Elizabeth of the Trinity

  

PRAYER FOR HOLY PRIESTS
(St Charles Borromeo)
O Holy Mother of God, 
pray for the priests
your Son has chosen to serve the Church.
Help them, by your intercession,
to be holy, zealous and chaste.
Make them models of virtue
in the service of God’s people.
Help them to be prayerful in meditations,
efficacious in preaching,
and zealous in the daily offering of
the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.
Help them administer the sacraments with joy.

Amen 
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Let us generously remember our priests in daily prayer -
especially in this holy Advent season.