Wednesday, January 6, 2021

Epiphany: setting out anew from Christ..

“The Magi set out because of a deep desire which prompted them to leave everything and begin a journey.  
It was as though they had always been waiting for that star.” 
Pope Benedict XVI

Solemnity of the Epiphany
Although the date of the Epiphany on the General Calendar of the Church 
is January 6th, in the USA and some other countries it is celebrated 
on the Sunday after January 1st so more Catholics may attend holy Mass. 
This year it was celebrated on January 3.

“No one, whether shepherd or wise man,
can approach God here below except 
by kneeling before the manger at Bethlehem 
and adoring him hidden 
in the weakness of a new-born child.”
- Catechism of the Catholic Church, 563

They were overjoyed at seeing the star, and on entering
the house they saw the child with Mary his mother.
They prostrated themselves and did him homage. - Matt 2:10-11

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 "Today we must make our own the happiness 
which filled the Wise Men on their journey to Christ... 
Above all, we must imitate them
as they place at the Child's feet not only three gifts,
but also their lives...

We need to 'set out anew from Christ,'
with the zeal of Pentecost, with renewed enthusiasm.

To set out from Him above all
in a daily commitment to holiness,

with an attitude of prayer
and of listening to His word.

To set out from Him
in order to testify to His love
by living a Christian life
marked by communion,
charity and witness before the world."

Saint John Paul II

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O, come let us adore Him -
Christ the LORD!

“In returning to their own land by another way
the Magi suggest something of great significance for us. 
Our true country is paradise.  

Having now come to the knowledge of Jesus, 
we are forbidden to return to it 
on the path by which we left it. 
For we left our land by the path of pride, of disobedience,
by following after wealth, by eating forbidden food.  

So we must now return another way:
by way of tears, by way of obedience, 
by contempt of the world, by restraining the 
desires of the flesh.” - St Gregory the Great

Photo Image above: Christ Our Life Conference, Des Moines, IA ~ USA (2014)


TODAY - also remembering... 

St. André Bessette
Canada ~ 1845-1937
Holy Cross Brother, porter
Miracle Man of Montreal
Great devotion to Eucharist and St Joseph
Feast Day - January 6
Painting above:  The Communion ~ Alphonse Legros


"I am only a man, just like you," time after time Br André Bessette reminded petitioners who came to him.  Known as a miracle worker of healing during his lifetime, this humble lay brother insisted on giving all the credit to God, the faith of those healed, and the intercession of St Joseph.  Quietly, he said, 'I will pray for you.'  Time after time, healing came. 

...."He spent his whole life speaking of others to God, and of God to others," said a friend of Br André. "It is difficult to say at what point in his life work began and ended, and at what point prayer started and ended: the two seemed to flow so naturally one into the other."

St. André Bessette, pray for us!

When Alfred (later to be Brother André) Bessette came to the Holy Cross Brothers in 1870, he carried with him a note from his pastor saying,
"I am sending you a saint." By his death, 
he was receiving 80,000 letters each year 
from the sick who sought his prayers and healing.  
He died in 1937, at age 91.  
A million people filed before his coffin.

“It is with the smallest brushes that the artist paints
the most exquisitely beautiful pictures,"- St André Bessette

"Put yourself in God's hands; He abandons no one." 
St André Bessette

"There is so little distance between heaven and earth 
that God always hears us. 
Nothing but a thin veil separates us from God."
St André Bessette

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