Wednesday of the First Week of Advent

“Infinite love has at last overcome my hard heartedness,leaving me weak and powerless.He keeps pouring Himself completely into the vase of this creature….Because of the exultation of possessing Him in me,I cannot refrain from saying with the most holy Virgin:My spirit rejoiced in God my Savior”

~St.Padre Pio~

“For the Mighty One has done great things for me,and holy is his name”

~Luke 1:49

“One thing alone sustains me,and that is Holy Communion.From It I draw my Strength;in it is all my Strength;in it is all my comfort…Jesus concealed in the Host is everything to me.From the tabernacle I draw strength,power,courage and light.Here I seek consolation in time of anguish.I would not know how to give glory to God if I did not have the Eucharist in my heart.”

~St.Faustina~

“Though time is too precious to waste,it must never be thought that what was lost is irretrievable.Once the Divine is introduced,then comes the opportunity to make up for losses.God is the God of the second chance….Being “born again” means that all that went before is not held against us.”

~Venerable Fulton J Sheen~

“May he so strengthen your hearts in Holiness that you may be blameless before our Hod and Father at the coming of our Lord Jesus with all his saints”

~1 Thessalonians 3:13

“The essential meaning of the word adventus was: God is here, he has not withdrawn from the world, he has not deserted us. Even if we cannot see and touch him as we can tangible realities, he is here and comes to visit us in many ways. ”

~Pope Emeritus Benedict,Homily at First Vespers of Advent November 28, 2009

“He who for us is life itself descended here and endured our death and slew it by the abundance of his life…. First he came into the Virgin’s womb where the human creation was married to him, so that mortal flesh should not for ever be mortal…. He did not delay, but ran crying out loud by his words, deeds, death, life, descent, and ascent—calling us to return to him. And he has gone from our sight that we should “return to our heart” (Isaiah 46: 8) and find him there. He went away and behold, here he is.”

~St.Augustine~

Gentle and loving God, your Word broke into our world with its unholy noise and clamor, but eternal silence thundered above every distracting, seductive voice to call us to awareness of the gifted promise that is ours. We eagerly seek to turn our hearts and our steps into the pathways of peace and reconciliation, away from all that would stand in the way of our ascent with Christ along the highway that leads to you. Be with us on this Advent journey. Amen.

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Pray today for the gift of a discerning spirit so the ears of your heart may recognize the voice of the silent Word in Mary’s womb and respond to God’s call as his divine will is revealed to you.

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