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Adoro te Devote: Prayer Without Ceasing

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Adoro te Devote: Prayer Without Ceasing

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4th Sunday of Advent – When we recognize the calamity of separation from God, the joyful promise of union with him becomes ever more intense- Fr. R

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

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Fr. George W. Rutler’s Weekly Letter from Church of Our Saviour, NYC
FROM THE PASTOR December 21, 2008
In his human nature, the infant Jesus in Bethlehem must have cried, as is natural for babies. They cry because of hunger or confusion about surroundings, but psychologists say that they are also learning the meaning of sound—and we know that they find a church’s acoustics particularly fascinating. Thirty-three years after Bethlehem, Our Lord would cry again as he looked at Jerusalem closing its doors and hearts to him.
Hell, which is the fourth mystery of Advent, is the endless closing of intellects and wills to God. The tears of Christ show that he desires that “none be lost and that all should be saved.” Human will, being free, can accept or reject that, and in that exercise is the potential for eternal glory with God or eternal sadness without Him. Presumption is sinful because it denies the risk of Hell, and despair is sinful because it denies the chance for Heaven. Both presumption and despair are symptoms of the primeval infection of pride, because if we make ourselves the sole reference for truth, we are living a lie, and by that lie we cannot objectively measure the power of evil or good. Pride focuses on what we want instead of what we need. When the self becomes selfish, absorbed in the self instead of in God, the path to Hell begins. Newman wrote: “I loved to choose and see my path, but now lead Thou me on! / I loved the garish day, and, spite of fears, / Pride ruled my will: remember not past years.” The Church warns of these perils because Christ has power to save us from them. “My grace is sufficient” (2 Corinthians 12:9). When we recognize the calamity of separation from God, the joyful promise of union with him becomes ever more intense. Our Lord gives us a foretaste of Heaven in the Eucharist, where the altar is the Christmas manger, the Good Friday cross, and the Easter tomb in one perfect unity. The Real Presence of Christ in his Church saves us from the Real Absence, which is Hell. God “infuses” us with the virtues of faith, hope, and love, as intimations of Heaven. To reject them, as Jerusalem was deaf to the cries of Christ, is to acclimate oneself to the temper of the opposite of Heaven, where there is no faith because the self trusts only the self, and no hope because the self cannot see beyond the self, and no love because the self desires only the self. Saint Bernard says we should love God for the help he gives us, but better yet for the delight he gives us, and best of all just because he is God. That third and highest love casts out all fear: “Fear not, I am the first and the last, and the living one; I died, and behold, I am alive for evermore, and I have the keys of Death and Hell” (Revelation 1:17-18).
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Vultus Christi
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My brothers toil instead of me,and I, I love for those who fight.- St. Therese

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Arwen & Aragorn Tribute – Siuil A Run – Celtic Woman

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Love!…that is what I ask…I know but one thing now – to love Thee, O Jesus! Glorious deeds are not for me, I cannot preach the Gospel, shed my blood…what does it matter? My brothers toil instead of me, and I, the little child, I keep quite close to the royal throne, I love for those who fight.
Story of A Soul, Chapter XI – St Therese of the Child Jesus and the Holy Face, Doctor of the Church

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2 Corinthians 2 >> New American Standard Bible

Reaffirm Your Love
1 But I determined this for my own sake, that I would not come to you in sorrow again. 2 For if I cause you sorrow, who then makes me glad but the one whom I made sorrowful? 3 This is the very thing I wrote you, so that when I came, I would not have sorrow from those who ought to make me rejoice; having confidence in you all that my joy would be the joy of you all. 4 For out of much affliction and anguish of heart I wrote to you with many tears; not so that you would be made sorrowful, but that you might know the love which I have especially for you. 5 But if any has caused sorrow, he has caused sorrow not to me, but in some degree—in order not to say too much—to all of you. 6 Sufficient for such a one is this punishment which was inflicted by the majority, 7 so that on the contrary you should rather forgive and comfort him, otherwise such a one might be overwhelmed by excessive sorrow. 8 Wherefore I urge you to reaffirm your love for him. 9 For to this end also I wrote, so that I might put you to the test, whether you are obedient in all things. 10 But one whom you forgive anything, I forgive also; for indeed what I have forgiven, if I have forgiven anything, I did it for your sakes in the presence of Christ, 11 so that no advantage would be taken of us by Satan, for we are not ignorant of his schemes. 12 Now when I came to Troas for the gospel of Christ and when a door was opened for me in the Lord, 13 I had no rest for my spirit, not finding Titus my brother; but taking my leave of them, I went on to Macedonia. 14 But thanks be to God, who always leads us in triumph in Christ, and manifests through us the sweet aroma of the knowledge of Him in every place. 15 For we are a fragrance of Christ to God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing; 16 to the one an aroma from death to death, to the other an aroma from life to life. And who is adequate for these things? 17 For we are not like many, peddling the word of God, but as from sincerity, but as from God, we speak in Christ in the sight of God.

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Raylene Rankin peforms Ave Maria

Posted on December 22, 2008. Filed under: Uncategorized |

Mary always helps 🙂

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