Tuesday, December 27, 2016

Following the Apostle of Charity...

The Word became flesh and made his dwelling among us, 
and from his fullness we have all received - Jn 1:14,16

(Today's Communion Antiphon)

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"The presence of Jesus in the tabernacle 
must be a kind of magnetic pole attracting
an ever greater number of souls enamoured of Him,
ready to wait patiently to hear His voice
and, as it were, to sense the beating of His heart.
“O taste and see that the Lord is good!” (Ps 34:8)."  

Mane Nobiscum Domine (Stay With Us Lord)
Apostolic Letter, 10/07/04, Pope St John Paul II

St John the Beloved Disciple
who sensed the beating of His Heart...
Apostle and Evangelist
Son of Zebedee, brother of James
Asia Minor, Galilee (6-115 AD)
Apostle of Charity
Patron of Asia Minor, Theologians
Feast Day - December 27

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"It is a long way from being eager to sit on a throne of power
or to call down fire from heaven to becoming the man who could write: 
“The way we came to know love was that He laid down His life for us;
so we ought to lay down our lives for our brothers” (1 John 3:16). 
Through John we know how we are to participate
as our destiny in the life of Christ."~ St Teresa Benedicta (Edith Stein)

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O most Sacred, most loving Heart of Jesus, 
Thou art concealed in the Holy Eucharist, and Thou
beatest for us still… I worship Thee with all my best love and awe, 
with my fervent affection, with my most subdued, most resolved will.
O my God, when Thou dost condescend
to suffer me to receive Thee, to eat and drink Thee, and Thou for
a while takest up Thy abode within me, O make my heart beat with Thy Heart. 
Purify it of all that is earthly, all that is proud and sensual, all that is 
hard and cruel, of all perversity, of all disorder, of all deadness. 
So fill it with Thee, that neither the events of the day
nor the circumstances of the time may have power to ruffle it,
but that in Thy love and Thy fear it may have peace. Amen.

Bl John Henry Newman, Meditations and Devotions 
Part III [XVI] para. 3

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The eagle, believed to look directly into the light of the sun, is the symbol of St. John.  This bird was used because in his Gospel St. John dwells particularly upon the Divinity of the Redeemer and contemplates with the unflinching eye of an eagle the highest truths.

St John, pray for us!

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