may the prayers of the Virgin Mary protect us
and help us to reach Christ her Son
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
“For God made not death, neither hath he pleasure in the destruction of the living. For he created all things that they might be, and he made the nations of the earth for health: and there is no poison of destruction in them, nor kingdom of hell upon the earth. For justice is perpetual and immortal. For God created man incorruptible, and to the image of his own likeness he made him. But, by the envy of the devil, death came into the world, and they follow him that are of his side.” Wisdom 1: 13-15; 2: 23-24
Democracy put “man” on a pedestal; feminism put “woman” on a pedestal; but neither democracy nor feminism could live a generation unless a “Child” was first put an a pedestal, and such is the significance of Nazareth! Fulton Sheen, “Three To Get Married” (Appleton, 1951)
In the so-called “constantly changing world,” that seeks to make babies of us, one thing never changes — the need to be transformed in Christ.
“If anyone loves me, he will hold to my words, and my Father will love him; and we will come to him.” Jn 14:23
“But, when you pray, go to your private room and when you have shut your door, pray to your Father who is in that secret place, and your Father who sees all that is done in secret will reward you.” Mt 6:1-6;16-18
To be practitioners of Christianity (rather than a pretenders), we need to overcome ourselves in private prayer with the Lord, making Him the reference point.
Since the French Revolution, succeeding generations have sought to do away with paternal authority (fatherhood) — especially Heavenly Fatherhood. The result is a crisis of identity for many.
“Not like the bread our ancestors ate: they are dead, but anyone who eats this bread will live forever.” John 6: 51-58
you inspired the Virgin Mary, mother of your Son,
to visit Elizabeth and assist her in her need.
Keep us open to the working of you Spirit,
and with Mary may we praise you for ever.
“Free your minds, then, of encumbrances; control them, and put your trust in nothing but grace that will be given you when Jesus is revealed. Do not behave in the way that you liked to before you learnt the truth; make a habit of obedience; be holy in all you do, since it is the Holy One who has called you, and scripture says: Be holy, for I am holy.” 1 Peter 1:10:16
Come Holy Spirit,
fill the hearts of your faithful
and kindle in them the fire of your love
send forth your Spirit
and they shall be created
and you shall renew the face of the earth.
O, God who by the light of the Holy Spirit,
did instruct the hearts of the faithful
grant that by the same Holy Spirit
we may be truly wise and ever to enjoy His consolations
Through Christ Our Lord. Amen
“And now I am sending down to you what the Father has promised. Stay in the city then, until you are clothed with the power from on high.” Luke 24: 46-53
Putting on Christ is not about ornamentalism, but rather the old man being transformed into the new man.