Sunday, December 15, 2019

Third Sunday of Advent: Rejoice!...

Third Sunday of ADVENT 
Gaudete Sunday

There is a shift from adoring “The Lord Who is to come”,
to worshiping with joy "The Lord Who is now nigh and close at hand ”.


The name GAUDETE derives from the first word of this Sunday’s
Introit of the Mass from Phil 4:4-5 ... At the heart, it is a command...
Gaudete in Domino semper ~ Rejoice in the Lord always



"Draw near to Christ, present among us
in His Word and in the Eucharist, and...
rejoice
in the knowledge that He remains with us 
at every moment of our lives 
and throughout history."

Pope Benedict XVI
12/09/09, General Audience


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Saturday, December 14, 2019

The heavens and the earth drink there...

 For the Lamb at the center of the throne will be their shepherd;
He will lead them to springs of living water. - Rev 7:17


"That eternal Spring is hidden
    yet I know well where it flows...
   I know that there can be
   nothing else so beautiful
   and that the heavens and the earth drink there...

   I know well that its bottom cannot be found
   and that no one can penetrate its depths...
   Its clarity is never muddied,
   and I know that every light has come from it...
   Well do I know how vast, how mighty is the flow
   of the stream born in this Fount...

     This eternal Spring is hidden
    in this living Bread to give us life...
    It is here calling to creatures
    and from its water they quench their thirst...
    This living Fount that I long for
    I see in this Bread of Life..."


St John of the Cross
Doctor (mystical theology) of the Church
Spain ~ 1542 - 1591
Carmelite priest and reformer
Co-founder Discalced Carmelites
w/St Teresa of Ávila
FEAST DAY - Dec 14

Worship of the Lamb of God – Central detail Ghent altarpiece ~ Flemish VanEyck brothers (1432)

 

"Where there is no love, pour love in --
and you will draw love out."- St John of the Cross

“In the evening of life, we will be judged 
on love alone.” St John of the Cross

 St John of the Cross, pray for us!

Friday, December 13, 2019

Temples of the Holy Spirit...

   (Jesus) said, "I am the light of the world.  Whoever follows me 
will never walk in darkness, but will have the light of life." - John 8:12

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 First Communion ~Alfred Guillou

 "Those whose hearts are pure are
temples of the Holy Spirit."

St Lucy (Santa Lucia)
In Italian, Lucia means "light"
Virgin, Martyr
Sicily ~ 283-304
Patron of blindness and eye problems
Feast Day - December 13

Happy Day, Happy Anniversary to Pope Francis 
50 years a priest today!
Happy Day, Happy Anniversary to
Jeff, Fr Spencer and the Johnsons - 
18 years in the Catholic Church!


 Sentenced to be defiled in a brothel, Lucy asserted:

"No one's body is polluted so as to endanger the soul if it has not pleased the mind. If you were to lift my hand to your idol and so make me offer against my will, I would still be guiltless in the sight of the true God, who judges according to the will and knows all things. If now, against my will, you cause me to be polluted, a twofold purity will be gloriously imputed to me. You cannot bend my will to your purpose; whatever you do to my body, that cannot happen to me."
St Lucy, pray for us!