Wednesday, December 7, 2022

Throw wide the gate of your heart...

 ADVENT assures us that Someone is coming
Who will fill our lives 
with everything we are looking for... 

The LORD is my light and my salvation - whom shall I fear? 
The LORD is the stronghold of my life - of whom shall I be afraid?
 Psalm 27:1-2

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"Let your door stand open to receive Him, unlock
your soul to Him, offer Him a welcome in your mind,
and then you will see the riches of simplicity,
the treasures of peacethe joy of grace.

Throw wide the gate of your heart,
stand before the sun of the everlasting light."

St Ambrose
Italy ~ 340-397
Father* and Doctor of the Church 
*One of four original Doctors of the Latin Church. 
He died on Holy Saturday (April 4) in the year 397 AD. 
His feast day in the Roman calendar is December 7, 
the day he was ordained bishop.
Spiritual father of St Augustine
Bishop of Milan
Model Bishop and eloquent preacher
Credited with composing the "Te Deum" hymn
Feast Day - December 7

"One day after he had celebrated Holy Mass, St Ambrose 
was approached by a woman afflicted with paralysis 
who wanted to kiss his hands.
The woman had great faith in those hands 
that had consecrated the Eucharist; 
and she was cured at once."

From Jesus Our Eucharistic Love
Fr Stephano M Manelli

Let us today make this our prayer too:
From a prayer of St Ambrose

"Most Sweet Bread, heal my heart, 
that I may taste the sweetness of Your love.
Heal it from all weakness, that I may
enjoy no sweetness but You."

St Ambrose, pray for us!

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