Keep your eyes
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Second Week of Advent, 2017
(Mar 1:6-8) And
John was clothed camel's hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins:
and he ate locusts and wild honey. And he preached, saying: There
cometh after me one mightier than I, the latchet of whose shoes I am
not worthy to stoop down and loose. I have baptized you with water: but
he shall baptize you with the Holy Ghost.
"The Messiah can only be born from a chaste womb and come to life fully
only inside of a chaste heart. Christmas allows for no shortcuts".
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UNIVERSALIS: A sermon by St Bernard Let the word of the Lord come to us
We know that the coming of the Lord is threefold: the third coming is
between the other two and it is not visible in the way they are. At his
first coming the Lord was seen on earth and lived among men, who saw
him and hated him. At his last coming All flesh shall see the salvation
of our God, and They shall look on him whom they have pierced. In the
middle, the hidden coming, only the chosen see him, and they see him
within themselves; and so their souls are saved. The first coming was
in flesh and weakness, the middle coming is in spirit and power, and
the final coming will be in glory and majesty.
This middle coming is like a road that leads from the first coming to
the last. At the first, Christ was our redemption; at the last, he will
become manifest as our life; but in this middle way he is our rest and
If you think that I am inventing what I am saying about the middle
coming, listen to the Lord himself: If anyone loves me, he will keep my
words, and the Father will love him, and we shall come to him.
Elsewhere I have read: Whoever fears the Lord does good things. – but I
think that what was said about whoever loves him was more important:
that whoever loves him will keep his words. Where are these words to be
kept? In the heart certainly, as the Prophet says I have hidden your
sayings in my heart so that I do not sin against you. Keep the word of
God in that way: Blessed are those who keep it. Let it penetrate deep
into the core of your soul and then flow out again in your feelings and
the way you behave; because if you feed your soul well it will grow and
rejoice. Do not forget to eat your bread, or your heart will dry up.
Remember, and your soul will grow fat and sleek.
If you keep God’s word like this, there is no doubt that it will keep
you, for the Son will come to you with the Father: the great Prophet
will come, who will renew Jerusalem, and he is the one who makes all
things new. For this is what this coming will do: just as we have been
shaped in the earthly image, so will we be shaped in the heavenly
image. Just as the old Adam was poured into the whole man and took
possession of him, so in turn will our whole humanity be taken over by
Christ, who created all things, has redeemed all things, and will
glorify all things.
EXCERPT INSIDE THE VATICAN: “The light shineth in darkness” A meditation on Christmas, excerpted from the writing of Blessed John Henry Newman
Christ is still on earth. He said expressly that He would come
again. The Holy Ghost’s coming is so really His coming, that we might
as well say that He was not here in the days of His flesh, when He was
visibly in this world, as deny that He is here now, when He is here by
His Divine Spirit. This indeed is a mystery, how God the Son and
God the Holy Ghost, two Persons, can be one, how He can be in the
Spirit and the Spirit in Him; but so it is.
Next, if He is still on earth, yet is not visible (which cannot be
denied), it is plain that He keeps Himself still in the condition which
He chose in the days of His flesh. I mean, He is a hidden Saviour, and
may be approached (unless we are careful) without due reverence and
fear. I say, wherever He is (for that is a further question), still He
is here, and again He is secret; and whatever be the tokens of His
Presence, still they must be of a nature to admit of persons doubting
where it is. And if they will argue, and be sharpwitted and subtle,
they may perplex themselves and others, as the Jews did even in the
days of His flesh, till He seems to them nowhere present on earth now...
The Church is called “His Body”: what His material Body was when He was
visible on earth, such is the Church now. It is the instrument of His
Divine power; it is that which we must approach, to gain good from Him;
it is that which by insulting we awaken His anger. Now, what is
the Church but, as it were, a body of humiliation, almost provoking
insult and profaneness, when men do not live by faith? An earthen
vessel, far more so even than His body of flesh, for that was at least
pure from all sin, and the Church is defiled in all her members. We
know that her ministers at best are but imperfect and erring, and of
like passions with their brethren.
Yet of them He has said, speaking not to the Apostles merely but to all
the 70 disciples (to whom Christian ministers are in office surely
equal), “He that heareth you, heareth Me, and he that despiseth you,
despiseth Me, and he that despiseth Me, despiseth Him that sent Me.”...
In every age, then, Christ is both in the world, and yet not publicly so more than in the days of His flesh...
St. Paul, in his First Epistle to the Corinthians, shows both how easy
and how fearful it is to profane the Lord’s Supper, while he states how
great the excess of the Corinthians had been, yet also that it was a
want of “discerning the Lord’s Body.” When He was born into the world,
the world knew it not. He was laid in a rude manger, among
the cattle, but “all the Angels of God worshipped Him.” Now too He is
present upon a table, homely perhaps in make, and dishonoured in its
circumstances; and faith adores, but the world passes by. Let us then
pray Him ever to enlighten the eyes of our understanding, that we may
belong to the Heavenly Host, not to this world. As the carnal-minded
would not perceive Him even in Heaven, so the spiritual heart may
approach Him, possess Him, see Him, even upon earth.
LIVINGINTHEDIVINEWILL.COM: On St. Joseph
Did St. Joseph live in the Divine Will?
Was St. Joseph purified in the womb?
Was St. Joseph the first creature conceived in sin to Live in the Divine Will?
What is the difference between St. Joseph's acts in the Kingdom of the Divine Will and Luisa's acts in the Divine Will itself?
Did St. Joseph possess the kingdom of the Divine Will? Jesus says he did not; Luisa says he did.
DYNAMIC CATHOLIC: Best Advent Ever!
STEUBENVILLE FUEL: Project Advent
CREIGHTON UNIVERSITY'S ONLINE MINISTRIES: Praying Advent and Celebrating Christmas
of Divine Ascent excerpt: Step 20- "On bodily vigil"
7. The God-loving monk, when the trumpet sounds
for prayer, says 'Good, good!' The lazy one says: 'Woe, alas!'
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