Thursday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 15 December 2016
“Lord, open my lips, and my mouth shall declare your praise.”
“My love shall never leave you.
“Raise a glad cry …
“Break forth in jubilant song …
“Fear not …”
Our God loves us – with “enduring love.”
Our God is in a relationship with us that is faithful, forgiving, healing.
Let us accept it, surrender to its power and feel the joy
and freedom growing in our hearts.
I will praise you, Lord, for you have rescued me. Ps. 30
God of salvation,
You promise us strength and courage in our lives
if only I ask.
You forgive me and touch me with Your enduring love.
My past life does not matter for
I have begged for Your pity and You have forgiven me
and You love me with such tenderness.
As I ponder the blessings of the days ahead,
and am so grateful for Your forgiveness,
I ask to feel the jubilation and song
break out in my life today.
Rejoice! Rejoice! Emmanuel
Shall come to thee, O Israel!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Thought for the Day – 15 December
In her love of the crucified Christ, St Maria Crocifissa di Rosa, saw her mission in the suffering members of His Mystical Body. She made their suffering her own and became the servant of all. How often do we see Christ in others, especially those who are sick and suffering? Perhaps this Advent I may pray that my eyes be opened to the suffering around me.
St Maria di Rosa, Pray for us!
Quote of the Day – 15 December
“Those who refuse to be humble cannot be saved.”
~~~ St Bede
One Minute Reflection – 15 December
Live on in me, as I do in you………..Jn 15:4
REFLECTION – Unfurl the sails, and let God steer us where He will……………(For) All the ways of this world are as fickle and unstable as a sudden storm at sea……St Bede
PRAYER – Lord God, grant me the grace to see all human beings as potential persons in whom You dwell. And let me respect them because of You my God. Let me see the Face of Your Son in all. Teach me to follow Christ who is my Lord and Redeemer and see His presence in all, as St Maria di Rosa did, for love of You. St Maria di Rosa, Pray for us. Amen
Our Morning Offering – 15 December
Grant us Your light O Lord
so that the darkness of our hearts
ay wholly pass away
and we may come at last to the light of Christ.
For Christ is that Morning Star
who when the night of this world has passed
brings to His saints the promised light of life
and opens to them everlasting day.
by St Bede from “On the Apocalypse”
Saint of the Day – 15 December – St Mary Crocifissa di Rosa (1813-1855) – Also known as Maria Crocifissa/Mary Crucifixa/Paola di Rosa/Paula Frances Mary di Rosa – Religious/Foundress of the Handmaids of Charity/Sisters of Charity of whom she is the Patron
St. Maria Crocifissa di Rosa was born into a wealthy family in Brescia, Italy, on November 6, 1813. She was one of nine children in her family and educated by Visitandine nuns. St. Mary Di Rosa was 17 years old when her mother died, she soon left school to help manage her father‘s estate. She discerned religious life and rejected many suitors.
In the cholera epidemic of 1836, she became well-known as she directed a home for girls and another home for deaf and mute young women. In 1840, she established the Handmaids of Charity, also called the Servants of Charity, sisters who ministered to the wounded on northern Italian battlefields and in hospitals. Maria led the Order until her death 15 years later. She was beatified in 1940 by Pope Pius XXI and canonized in 1954 by the same pontiff.
St Adalbero of Metz
Bl Charles Steeb
St Christiana the Slave
St Florentius of Bangor
Bl Julia of Arezzo
Bl Marco of Jativa
St Margaret of Fontana
Bl Maria della Pace
St Mary Crocifissa di Rosa
St Maximinus of Micy
St Offa of Essex
Bl Pau Gracia Sánchez
St Paul of Latros
Bl Ramón Eirin Mayo
St Silvia of Constantinople
St Valerian of Abbenza
Bl Victoria Strata
St Virginia Centurione Bracelli
Martyrs of Drina – (5 beati)
Martyrs of North Africa – (7 saints)
Martyrs of Rome – (22 saints)