Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

“God,who wishes to dwell in us,can always be evicted by a single word of dismissal.And so it is important to consider the way to respond to God’s invitation —-which we cannot prevent,but can cut short.The first necessity of our cooperation with God is the consciousness that he who is present;the will to know him causes our recognition of his presence.If we lack this readiness to know him,we are like those who smell and perceive no fragrance,taste and know no sweetness,touch and enjoy no ecstasy.

~Venerable Archbishop Fulton Sheen~

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,because he has anointed me to bring good news to the poor”.

~Luke 4:18~

“Let us pray to the Lord that He may never permit us to shut the ears of our heart to His voice that he is speaking to us today”.

~St.Padre Pio~

“Then Mary said,”Here am I,the servant of the Lord;let it be with me according to your word”

~Luke 1:38~

“Jesus,Friend of a lonely heart,You are my haven,You are my peace….You are everything to a lonely soul.You understand the soul even though it remains silent.You know our weaknesses,and like a good physician,You comfort and heal,sparing us sufferings —expert that you are”

~Prayer of St.Faustina

“The spirit of the LORD shall rest upon him:a spirit of wisdom and of understanding.A spirit of counsel and of strength,a spirit of knowledge and of the fear of the Lord,and his delight shall be the fear of the LORD.Not by appearance shall he judge,nor by hearsay shall he decide,But he shall judge the poor with justice,and decide fairly for the land’s afflicted”

~Isaiah 11:2-4~

Dear God, if there is anything I know about you, it is that you are love. You never cease to surround us with love—love that is eternal, gentle, faithful, and true. You ask only that we love you in return. Because this is beyond the limits of our human hearts, you have given us your beloved Son to love you for us. With Christ, I can say that I love you. Let me sing it with my whole being! Amen.

Ask God today to let you see how you fail to love someone with whom you are in daily contact. Ask for the grace to learn to love that person.

Spiritual Crib ~ Cobwebs

Clean the cobwebs from your spiritual crib.

Diligently remove from your heart every inordinate desire of being praised.

Renew this intention at least three times today.

My Jesus I want to please Thee in all I do today.

To be taken with love for a soul, God does not look on its greatness, but the greatness of its humility.

~St John of the Cross, OCD

“There is something in humility which strangely exalts the heart.”

~Saint Augustine

“It was pride that changed angels into devils; it is humility that makes men as angels.”

~St.Augustine

Monday of the First Week of Advent

Desiring to Love

“God does not come in the thunder,but in the April breeze.Because he does not shout but only whispers,the soul must be careful not to neglect this visitation…To the eyes of faith,only two classes of people exist:those who say yes to God and those who say no”

~Venerable Fulton J.Sheen~

“Take these graces;…encourage the souls with whom you have come in contact to trust in my infinite mercy.O how I love those souls who have complete confidence in Me.I will do everything for them.”

~St.Faustina~

“The Lord created human beings from the earth, and makes them return to earth again. A limited number of days he gave them, but granted them authority over everything on earth. He endowed them with strength like his own, and made them in his image. He put fear of them in all flesh, and gave them dominion over beasts and birds. Discernment, tongues, and eyes, ears, and a mind for thinking he gave them. With knowledge and understanding he filled them; good and evil he showed them. He put fear of him into their hearts to show them the grandeur of his works, that they might describe the wonders of his deeds and praise his holy name…. All their works are clear as the sun to him, and his eyes are ever upon their ways…. Later he will rise up and repay them”

~SIRACH 17: 1–10, 19, 23

“Christ, the Son of God brings to the dark, cold and unredeemed world into which he is born a new hope and a new splendor. If man lets himself be moved and enlightened by the splendor of the living truth that is Christ, he will feel inner peace in his heart and will become a peacemaker in a society that so longs for reconciliation and redemption. ”

~Pope Emeritus Benedict ,Address to pilgrims from Lower Austria December 12, 2008

Prayer

Loving Creator, in the Incarnation of your eternal word you have revealed the mystery of your divine fatherhood and your adoption of us as your daughters and sons. Through Christ and with Christ, in the power of your Spirit, may we be faithful to your call and give glory to your name during the days of this blessed season. Amen.

Take time today, in gratitude for the gift of life and the grace of life in Christ, to pray for your parents and for the priest who baptized you.