Keep your eyes
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Second Week of Advent, 2016
(Mat 3:1-3) And
in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.
And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand. For this
is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one
crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his
“With the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem, it is God himself who has come
to dwell among us, to free us from selfishness, from sin and
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FAITH MATTERS: The Season of Second Chances
Advent is a season of starting again, of once again focusing our lives
on what is truly important and letting go of the things that cloud and
distract us (and isn’t it so easy this time of year to get distracted).
One of the great things about God is the fact that He is the God of
second chances. And not only second chances but third, fourth, fifth
and seventy times seven chances (Mt. 18:22).
In God’s immense love and mercy, we are never stuck with our past
faults and failures. We can always come to Jesus, lay our struggles and
weaknesses at His feet and know that His forgiveness and grace will
always be ours, simply for the asking.
Jesus says to us in the Gospel, “Come to me all who are weary and heavy
burdened and I will give you rest” (Mt. 11:28). We all carry heavy
burdens; work, family, financial, and we also carry the burdens of our
past; choices we have made, poor relationships, selfish and
self-centered lifestyles. To all of this, Jesus promises rest if we but
come to Him.
Jesus said “I have come so that you may have my joy and have it to the
full” (Jn. 17:13). Jesus desires our true joy and knows that we can
only experience the true joy He came to bring when we allow Him to
remove our burdens and sins, our selfishness and conceit, when we come
to Him trusting in His promises of joy in this world and for all
Advent is a great opportunity to give up the futile struggle of trying
to carry the burdens of life all alone. Now is the time to come to
Jesus and let Him give us His rest. May we all make use of this
exciting and holy time to prepare well for the great celebration of
Christmas and to come to Jesus or if we have been away, to come back to
Jesus, and let Him give us His rest and joy.
EXCERPT FR. RON ROLHEISER, OMI: STAYING AWAKE
All of us know how difficult it is for us to be inside the present
moment, to not be asleep to the real riches inside our own lives. The
distractions and worries of daily life tend to so consume us that we
habitually take for granted what’s most precious to us: our health, the
miracle of our senses, the love and friendships that surround us, and
the gift of life itself. We are very much asleep, both to God and to
our own lives.
The distractions, cares, and pressures of everyday life will invariably
have their way with us and we will, in effect, fall asleep to what’s
deeper and more important inside of life. But it’s for this reason that
every major spiritual tradition has daily rituals designed precisely to
wake us from spiritual sleep, akin an alarm clock waking us from
It’s for this reason we need to begin each day with prayer. What
happens if we don’t pray on a given morning is not that we incur God’s
wrath, but rather that we tend to miss the morning, spending the hours
until noon trapped inside a certain dullness of heart. The same can be
said about praying before meals. We don’t displease God by not first
centering ourselves in gratitude before eating, but we miss out on the
richness of what we’re doing. Liturgical prayer and the Eucharist have
the same intent, among their other intentions. They’re meant to,
regularly, call us out of a certain sleep.
None of us lives each day of our lives as if it was his or her last
day. Our heartaches, headaches, distractions, and busyness invariably
lull us to sleep. That’s forgivable; it’s what it means to be human. So
we should ensure that we have regular spiritual rituals, spiritual
alarm clocks, to jolt us back awake – so that it doesn’t take a heart
attack, a stroke, cancer, or death to wake us up.
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SAINT BERNARD OF CLAIRVAUX:
"We know that there are three comings of the Lord. ... In His first
coming, our Lord came in our flesh and in our weakness; in this middle
coming, He comes in spirit and in power; in the final coming, He will
be seen in glory and majesty."
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 8- "On Freedom from Anger and on Meekness"
13. It is a mark of extreme meekness, even in the
presence of one's offender, to be peacefully and lovingly disposed towards
him in one's heart, then it is certainly a mark of hot temper when a person
continues to quarrel and rage against his offender, both by words and gestures,
even when by himself.
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