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Wednesday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 14 December

Wednesday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 14 December

“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”

Daily Meditation:
I am the LORD, there is no other.
Turn to me and be safe.

We have heard the promises and we have begged for more hope.
Today we pray for His saving help and hear His personal invitation
to turn to Him, to find our safety in Him alone.

How might I yet place my trust in God’s love for me?
How might I yet surrender my independence?
How might my heart grow in anticipation and welcome
of the fullness of His coming to me this year?

Let justice descend, O heavens, like dew from above, like gentle rain let the skies drop it down.
Let the earth open and salvation bud forth; let justice also spring up! ISAIAH 45

Closing Prayer:
Dearest Lord,
Your invitation settles in my soul:
“Turn to me and be safe.”
Something lets go inside when I take those words into my heart.
They are an invitation for me to rest.

So many moments of my life are filled with my own needs.
“Turn to me and be safe,” You say to me again.
Give me the great grace to let go from the depths of my soul.
Help me to be released
from the demons I cling to with so much fear.

I hear Your invitation to ask for help
and I begin to list all the places in my life that need healing.
“Turn to me and be safe.”

You promise Your saving help
and I know it is the only thing that can heal me.
I feel Your presence in my life
and am aware of the growing joy I feel
as I anticipate celebrating the birth of Your son.

May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

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Thought for the Day – 14 December

Thought for the Day – 14 December

John, in his life and writings, has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!

“O you souls who wish to go on with so much safety and consolation, if you knew how pleasing to God is suffering and how much it helps in acquiring other good things, you would never seek consolation in anything;  but you would rather look upon it as a great happiness to bear the Cross of the Lord.” – Saint John of the Cross

St John of the Cross Pray for Us!

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Quotes of the Day – 14 December

Quotes of the Day – 14 December

“In giving us His Son, His only Word,
He spoke everything to us at once
in this sole Word – and He has no more to say…
because what He spoke before to the prophets in parts,
He has now spoken all at once by giving us
the ALL Who is His Son.”

“If a man wishes to be sure of the road
he treads on, he must close his eyes
and walk in the dark.”

“Those who trust in themselves
are worse than the devil!”

“At the end of your life,
you will be judged by your love.”

~~~ ST JOHN OF THE CROSS (Saint of the Day)

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One Minute Reflection – 14 December

One Minute Reflection – 14 December

Lead a life worthy of the Lord
and pleasing to him in every way….
Multiply good works of every sort…..
.Col 1:10

REFLECTION – Strive uneasingly to be pleasing to God and ask Him to accomplish His will in you.
Love Him with all your might; you owe Him a great deal!………….St John of the Cross (Saint of the Day)

PRAYER – God of power and might, let me do always the things that are pleasing to You. For You are my Greatest Benefactor and my Sole Good. St John of the Cross Pray for us that we may achieve total commitment and love for God. Amen

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Christ of Saint John of the Cross

Christ of Saint John of the Cross – Salvidor Dali (1951)

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is a painting by Salvador Dalí made in 1951. It depicts Jesus Christ on the cross in a darkened sky floating over a body of water complete with a boat and fishermen. Although it is a depiction of the crucifixion, it is devoid of nails, blood, and a crown of thorns, because, according to Dalí, he was convinced by a dream that these features would mar his depiction of Christ. Also in a dream, the importance of depicting Christ in the extreme angle evident in the painting was revealed to him.

It is known by it’s Title because its design is based on a drawing by the 16th-century Spanish friar John of the Cross. The composition of Christ is also based on a triangle and circle (the triangle is formed by Christ’s arms; the circle is formed by Christ’s head). The triangle, since it has three sides, can be seen as a reference to the Trinity and the  circle represents Unity.  Below is the drawing by St John of the Cross.

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On the bottom of his studies for the painting, Dalí explained its inspiration: “In the first place, in 1950, I had a ‘cosmic dream’ in which I saw this image in colour and which in my dream represented the ‘nucleus of the atom.’ This nucleus later took on a metaphysical sense; I considered it ‘the very unity of the universe,’ the Christ!”
In order to create the figure of Christ, Dalí had Hollywood stuntman Russell Saunders suspended from an overhead gantry, so he could see how the body would appear from the desired angle and also envisage the pull of gravity on the human body. The depicted body of water is the bay of Port Lligat, Dalí’s residence at the time of the painting.

 

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Saint of the Day – 14 December

Saint of the Day – 14 December – St John of the Cross (1542-1591 aged 49) Priest, Founder, Doctor of the Church – Patron of Contemplative life; contemplatives; mystical theology; mystics; Spanish poets, various cities and towns

John’s father had been disowned by his wealthy Spanish family when he married a poor weaver rather than a woman of equal economic status. Living in poverty proved to be too much for him, and he died shortly after John was born. John spent much of his youth in an orphanage, where he was clothed, fed and given an elementary education. At the age of 17, he found a job in a hospital and was accepted into a Jesuit college. In 1563 he entered the Carmelite Order. Eventually he enrolled in another university, where he did so well that he was asked to teach a class and to help settle disputes.

Ordained a Carmelite priest in 1567 at age 25, John met Teresa of Avila and, like her, vowed himself to the primitive Rule of the Carmelites. As partner with Teresa and in his own right, John engaged in the work of reform and came to experience the price of reform: increasing opposition, misunderstanding, persecution, imprisonment.  John was caught up in a misunderstanding and imprisoned at Toledo, Spain. During those months of darkness in that little cell, John could have become bitter, revengeful, or filled with despair. But instead, he kept himself open to God’s action, for no prison could separate him from God’s all-embracing love. During this time he had many beautiful experiences and encounters with God in prayer.   He came to know the cross acutely—to experience the dying of Jesus—as he sat month after month in his dark, damp, narrow cell with only his God.

Yet, the paradox! In this dying of imprisonment John came to life, uttering poetry. In the darkness of the dungeon, John’s spirit came into the Light. There are many mystics, many poets; John is unique as mystic-poet, expressing in his prison-cross the ecstasy of mystical union with God in the Spiritual Canticle.

But as agony leads to ecstasy, so John had his Ascent to Mt. Carmel, as he named it in his prose masterpiece. As man-Christian-Carmelite, he experienced in himself this purifying ascent; as spiritual director, he sensed it in others; as psychologist-theologian, he described and analyzed it in his prose writings. His prose works are outstanding in underscoring the cost of discipleship, the path of union with God: rigorous discipline, abandonment, purification. Uniquely and strongly John underlines the gospel paradox: The cross leads to resurrection, agony to ecstasy, darkness to light, abandonment to possession, denial to self to union with God. If you want to save your life, you must lose it. John is truly “of the Cross.” He died at 49—a life short, but full.  AND his reforms of the “Discalced” Carmelites revitalized the Order. He was proclaimed a Doctor of the Church by Pope Pius XI on 24 August 1926.

Video – https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yvKzLCYrEfE

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Diego de Sanabria – Saint John of the Cross

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Image above – El Greco‘s landscape of Toledo depicts the priory in which John was held captive, just below the old Muslim alcázar and perched on the banks of the Tajo on high cliffs

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Saints for 14 December

St John of the Cross (Memorial)

St Abundius of Spain
St Agnellus of Naples
Bl Buenaventura Bonaccorsi
St Folcuino of Therouanne
Bl Joan Lambertini
St John Pan y Agua (Bread-and-Water)
Bl John Discalceat
St Justus of Spain
Bl Mary Frances Schervier
St Matronianus of Milan
St Pompeius of Pavia
BL Protasi Cubells Minguell
St Venantius Fortunatus
St Viator of Bergamo
St Yusuf Jurj Kassab al-Hardini
bL William de Rovira

Martyrs of Alexandria – 4 saints
Martyrs of Apollonia – 7 saints
Martyrs of Ashkelon – 3 saints
Martyrs of Hayle – 2+ saints
Martyrs of Rheims – 4 saints
Martyrs of Syria – 3 saints