Let Christ Be Formed In You
“As God was physically formed in Mary,so he wills to be spiritually formed in You.If you knew he was seeing through your eyes,you would see in everyone a child of God.If you knew that he worked through your hands,they would bless all the day through….if you knew that he wants to use your mind,your will,your fingers,and your heart,how different you would be.If half the world did this,there would be no war!
~Venerable Fulton J.Sheen~
“I seem to be searching….for something I cannot find,and…although I don’t know what this good is that my heart seeks so badly,I seem to know one thing for certain,that this good is inexhaustible and not circumscribed by limits and that my heart will never be able to contain its entirety,for in my ignorance I feel that this is a very great good,an immense good,an infinite good.Is This Jesus?If not,then who is it?
~St.Padre Pio,Letter to Padre Agostino,May 6,1913
Lord, our God, we praise You for Your Son, Jesus Christ, for He is Emmanuel, the Hope of all people.
He is the Wisdom that teaches and guides us.
He is the Savior of us all.
let your blessing come upon us as we light the first (purple) candle of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light be a sign of Christ’s promise of salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this in His holy name. Amen.
We light a advent candle today, a small dim light against a world that often seems forbidding and dark. But we light it because we are a people of hope, a people whose faith is marked by an expectation that we should always be ready for the coming of the Master. The joy and anticipation of this season is captured beautifully in the antiphons of hope from the monastic liturgies:
See! The ruler of the earth shall come, the Lord who will take from us the heavy burden of our exile
The Lord will come soon, will not delay.
The Lord will make the darkest places bright.
We must capture that urgency today in the small flame of our candle. We light the candle because we know that the coming of Christ is tied to our building of the kingdom. Lighting the flame, feeding the hungry, comforting the sick, reconciling the divided, praying for the repentant, greeting the lonely and forgotten – doing all these works hastens His coming.