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That Void Within Us

The holy season of Christmas is upon us, but first, there is Advent.
Advent a time for preparation; think of it as parents preparing for their new baby, the Christ Child, our Child. The world slept and was unaware of His miraculous birth of the much waited Redeemer so long ago, but today we know! We realize who He Is and was born that first Christmas Day? Therefore we have more of an obligation to prepare this Advent. We read in the Gospel of Luke 12; 47-48 “And that servant who knew the will of his lord, and prepared not himself, and did not according to his will, shall be beaten with many stripes. [48] But he that knew not, and did things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few stripes. And unto whomsoever much is given, of him much shall be required: and to whom they have committed much, of him they will demand the more.”

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Let’s begin! Let’s Stop, Look and Listen! Stop and look into our soul, do you feel that void? We all have that void something is missing! Now listen, hear that whisper. Listen it’s your guardian angel.

Stop again and think about the purpose of life a lesson today, forgotten. Knowing, Loving and Serving God is our purpose of our life and the key to once and all fill that empty void.

How to Know Him; just pick up and hold that crucifix into your hands, feel the suffering and you will begin to Know Him.
This precious Baby born to us, is now dying on the Cross and for what reason? Ask yourself, why did the Second person (the Word) who was perfectly happy with The First and Third Persons in heaven take Flesh, consent to being born in poverty, on that first Christmas that we are about to remember?

He didn’t have to suffer for us, He could have just willed the gates of heaven to open, and by His, Will could have saved us, but would we appreciate that! No! But, wait! Do we today understand His passion realizing there isn’t any cross that you have endued that He did not take up Himself. Think of this and you will Love Him.

Serve Him this Christmas, make a proper preparation for the newborn King, make Him the King of your family. Teach your children it is NOT all about the presents, but it is all about His PRESENCE.

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The Perfect Way

Worship

Is it wrong to enjoy a cup of coffee while praying or is it better to pray while drinking that coffee? Either way, praying is talking to God and the time is always right. “Pray without ceasing.” (1Thess 5;17) We adore God when we pray to Him.

When we pray the Mass, it is a perfect way to adore Him for heaven and earth will be joined together. It is one of those times just too beautiful, a mystery upon An Altar. The Mass prayed reverently is God’s will.

Did you know? There is this little book titled “My Mass Explained and Illustrated” by Confraternity of the Precious Blood, 1958. One can still find it on the Internet to purchase.

During the Mass, in the beginning, the Latin words “In Nomine Patris” express our belief in the Trinity. The words, “In the name,” show that there is one God. This little booklet reminds us also of the timeless unity of the Church. During the Kyrie Eleison, a cry for mercy is as old as mankind itself. As the Mass continues to move forward; the Missal is transferred by the server from the Epistle to the Gospel side of the altar to symbolize that the divine favor was taken away from the unfaithful Jews and given to the Gentiles.
Moving now to the Gospel side of the altar, the priest reads the word of God from the New Testament.

Along with the priest, we sign our forehead, lips, and heart, praying that we accept God’s word with our mind, lips, and heart.

Just a few mysteries to consider next time you are privileged to a pray again at the altar of God. Remembering always “And the Word was made Flesh and dwelt among us.”

 

 

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The New Arc

 

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The Arc, sanctified (II Paralipomenon 8:11), the making of the Arc with instructions to Moses by God Himself. The Arc of the Covenant, according to the Bible was constructed by precious materials, with gold rings. The Arc was a sign of God’s presence and protection; it contained two tables of stone, which Moses put there, the rod of Aaron and a golden dish of Manna. “Arise, O Lord, into thy resting place: thou and the ark, which thou hast sanctified.” (Psalms 131;8)

The Arc was a prelude to the Church which would keep the law of God, the Eucharist where Christ would live among His faithful feeding them again (Manna) on their journey to heaven.

The Litany of the Blessed Virgin, are several invocational prayers, one of which we pray “Arc of the Covenant, pray for us,” because she is the Ark of the New Covenant and who, like the old ark, is now worthy of honor.

All the parts of the material temple, in which the ark was placed were said by God to be purified. What then should He not do for Mary by spiritually enriching her, whose chaste womb was to be His living tabernacle from whose pure flesh He was to derive His own most Holy Body, and of whom He would Himself be born! God most wonderfully prepared and fitted both her body and soul, that she would be a worthy dwelling for Himself.

Almighty God, therefore, was pleased to preserve this holy Virgin from contracting any stain of sin, whether original or actual. Without the privilege of an extraordinary grace, the greatest saints daily fall into venial sins of oversight, through a neglect of watchfulness over all the secret motions of their hearts in the course of living each day. But Mary was distinguished by this rare privilege, and by the aid of an extraordinary grace; she never suffered the least remission or relaxation of her soul.

Because she was created to carry Our Lord she was without any stain, she was sanctified and freed from original sin in other words brought forth into this world in a state of perfect sanctity. This is why we honor Mary, as God so honored her.
“For behold from henceforth all generations shall call me blessed.”
[Luke 1:48]

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REMINDER

Beginning on St. Andrew the Apostle’s feast day, November 30, the
“Hail and blessed be prayer” is to be recited fifteen times a day until Christmas.
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment In which the Son of God was born of the purest Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires,
[here mention your request]
Through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.

ABOUT ST. ANDREW

St. Andrew was a native of Bethsaida, a town in
Galilee, upon the banks of the Lake of Genesareth. He was the son of Jonas, a fisherman of that town, and brother to Simon Peter. He became a disciple of St. John the Baptist. One day while with St. John the Baptist and seeing Jesus pass by after St. Andrew was baptized he heard the words: “Behold the Lamb of God!” (John 1:36)
By it he clearly learned that Jesus was the Messias and the redeemer of the world, and resolved from that moment to follow Him: St. Andrew was the first of His disciples, and therefore is styled by the Greeks the Protoclet, or First Called. St. Andrew then brought his brother then Simon to Christ.

It is agreed that later after serving his Master, St. Andrew laid down his life for Christ at Patrae in Achaia. According to this vintage writing of the Lives of the Saints, he was crucified on an Olive Tree. It is also said that he cried out; “Hail precious cross, that hast been consecrated by the body of my Lord, and adorned with His limbs as with rich jewels. – I come to Thee exulting and glad; receive me with joy into Thy arms. O good cross, that hast received beauty from our Lord’s limbs; I have ardently loved Thee. Long have I desired and sought Thee: now Thou art found by me, and art made ready for my longing soul: receive me into Thy arms, taking me from among men, and present me to my Master; that He who redeemed me on Thee, may receive me by Thee.”