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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

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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 … A Catholic Tradition

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.”

 

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A Rare Letter

It is rare today to find a Traditional Catholic who has not heard of Rev. Alban Butler, his writings of “The Lives of the Saints.”

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The photos here are that of two volumes dated 1833 that I possess. Butler

This beautiful letter I want so much to share now is seen printed at the beginning pages; a letter his mother wrote to him and his two brothers, just before her death. Guaranteed to bring a tear or two to the reader.
The grammar is just as she wrote it.

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My Dear Children,
Since it pleased Almighty God to take me out of this world, as no doubt wisely foreseeing I am no longer a useful parent to you, for no person ought to be thought necessary in this world when God thinks proper to take them out. I hope you will offer the loss of me with a resignation suitable to the religion you are of, and offer yourselves. He who makes you orphans so young, without a parent to take care of you, will take you into His protection and Fatherly care, if you do love and serve Him who is the Author of all goodness. Above all things, prepare yourselves while you are young to suffer patiently what afflictions He shall think proper to lay upon you; for it is by this He trieth His best servants. In the first place, give Him thanks for your education in the true faith, (which many thousands want;) and then I beg of you earnestly to petition His direction what state of life you shall undertake, whether it be for religion, or to get your livings in the world. No doubt but you may be saved either way if you do your duty to God, your neighbor, and yourselves. And I beg of you to make constant resolutions rather die a thousand times, if possible than quit your faith; and always have in your thoughts what you would think of were you as nigh death as I now think myself. There is no preparation for a good death but a good life. Do not omit your prayers, and to make an act of contrition and examen of conscience every night and frequent the Blessed Sacraments of the Church. I am so weak I can say no more to you, but I pray God bless and direct you, and your friends to take care of you. Lastly, I beg of you never to forget to pray for your poor father and mother when they are not capable of helping themselves: so I take leave of you, hoping to meet you in heaven, to be happy for all eternity.
“Your affectionate mother, “Ann Butler.”

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Thanksgiving

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While at the grocery store a few days ago, I stopped to look at the turkeys, along came a stranger poking around at the turkeys along the side of me, we chatted a little and departed after wishing each other a great Holiday. As I stepped away, I heard her say, “don’t forget what the Holiday is all about.” Yes, I thought the Holiday and what is the meaning?
We hear over and over and read on greeting cards, “count your blessings,” “give thanks to God for our food,” “let’s be grateful” however, at times depending on circumstances that can’t always be easy.
Some of us might be suffering this year.
What we can do is pray for each other, although strangers. Just as that woman in the grocery store was a stranger, yet she sent me a message, a reminder of what Thanksgiving is all about!
My prayer is that we all can, in our gentle way remind others to stop, take notice to realize what we have. Some of us might have less, some have more but those who have the Faith, the Holy, Traditional Catholic Faith have it ALL.
Getting back to that delicious turkey and if you are tired of mashed potatoes here is a delightful alternative. A recipe from Lithuania that my family always enjoys during the holiday season. Although this recipe is time-consuming; if you wash, peel and shred the potatoes. There is a shortcut! Purchase one 2 lb. Bags of Hash Brown shredded potatoes that eliminates washing, peeling and shredding the potatoes.
5 Lbs of potatoes or Hash Brown shredded potatoes (easier)
4 or 5 lightly beaten eggs
1 or 2 onion finely chopped
1 Lb. bacon cut in small pieces or more bacon if you like
2 or 3 cans evaporated milk
1/4 cup flour
salt and pepper to taste

In a large bowl, mix grated potatoes, eggs, flour, and evaporated milk. Add browned bacon and onions along with some of the melted bacon grease. Season to taste. Pour mixture into a greased baking dish, put into a hot oven 400 degrees and cook for about 1 hr. to 1.5 hours; test like a cake till center is done. (if Hash browns are used you might want to add a cup or two of chicken broth to your mix)   I like to open the oven after it has been cooking for about half an hour and stir it up, but that is not necessary.)
When cool you can top with sour cream if desired. Makes a tasty breakfast dish too!