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Friday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 16 December 2016

Friday of the Third/Gaudete Week of Advent – 16 December 2016

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

Daily Meditation:
The Lord is coming from heaven in splendour to visit his people,
and bring them peace and eternal life.

We ask to be guided by His love.
He comes to us in more and more ways
as our longing grows.
At the same time, we are being prepared to receive even more grace
that we might be faithful in our daily lives.

Jesus is the Light that shines in the midst of any darkness and witnesses to us that He is being sent to us by His heavenly Father.
May we open our hearts to His coming.

Behold the king will come, the Lord of earth: and he will set us free.

Closing Prayer:
Jesus, You shine a light into the darkness of my life.
I am like a plant in limited sun,
and I find my being turning toward You
longing to be closer,
wanting only to draw near.

Help me to be faithful
in the big decisions of my life
and in the smallest of ways I live out each day.

My goal is salvation, Lord,
and I am painfully aware I can’t do that myself.
Teach me to be patient, to be faithful.

I know there is so much more grace I need
and so much more You want to give me.
Help me to be open to it and to recognize
the many gifts You give me each day.

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.
Amen.

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Christmas Novena to the Christ Child

Christmas Novena to the Christ Child

DAY ONE
God’s Love Revealed In His Becoming Man.

O Great Son of God, You became man in order to make Yourself loved by men. But where is the love that men give You in return?
You gave Your life blood to save our souls. Why then are we so unappreciative that, instead of repaying You with love, we spurn You with ingratitude? And I, Lord, I myself more than others have ill treated You.
But Your Passion is my hope. For the sake of that love which led You to take upon Yourself human nature and to die for me on the cross, forgive me all the offenses I have committed against You.
I love You, O Word Incarnate; I love You, O infinite goodness. Out of love for You, that I could die of grief for these offenses.
Give me, O Jesus, Your love. Let me no longer live in ungrateful forgetfulness of the love You bear me.
I wish to love You always. Grant that I may always preserve in this holy desire.
O Mary, Mother of God and my Mother, pray for me that Your Son may give me the grace to love Him always, unto death.
Amen.

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Posted in MORNING Prayers, SAINT of the DAY

Thought for the Day – 16 December

Thought for the Day – 16 December

St Adelaide had to live in the world, with all the turmoil and violence of political life, yet managed to live totally for God in the midst of her many occupations.  She was wife, mother, queen and empress, noble in every way  She is proof that sanctity can be achieved anywhere and that every way of life can me made holy.  So we complain about the strife and evil around us, near to us, so let us be the light of God, let us shine forth His Face, let us strive for the virtue of the holy.

St Adelaide, Pray for us!

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One Minute Reflection – 16 December

One Minute Reflection – 16 December

Seek after integrity, piety, faith, love, steadfastness and a gentle spirit…………1 Tm 6:12

REFLECTION – Virtue is a very wonderful thing for us.  It is the good of life, the fruit of a clear conscience and the peace of the innocent………St Ambrose

PRAYER – Heavenly Father, help me to build up virtue in my life.  Let me realise that by cultivating all the virtues, I will attain happiness not only in heaven but also here on earth. Father, You gave us St Adelaide, as an example, who though an Empress, sought the virtues of piety, faith, charity and love.  May we imitate her.  St Adelaide of Burgundy Pray for us! Amen

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Our Morning Offering – 16 December

Our Morning Offering – 16 December

See, O merciful God, what return
I, Your thankless servant, have made
for the innumerable favours
and the wonderful love You have shown me!
What wrongs I have done, what good left undone!
Wash away, I beg You, these faults and stains
with Your precious blood, most kind Redeemer
and make up for my poverty by applying Your merits.
Give me the protection I need to amend my life.
I give and surrender myself wholly to You,
and offer You all I possess,
with the prayer that You bestow Your grace on me,
so that I may be able to devote and employ
all the thinking power of my mind
and the strength of my body in Your holy service,
who are God blessed for ever and ever. Amen

St Peter Canisius SJ

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Saint of the Day – 16 December

Saint of the Day – 16 December – St Adelaide of Burgundy/of Italy/of Seltz  (931-999) – Empress/Contemplative/Worker for Charity and Evangelisation – Patron of abuse victims; brides; empresses; exiles; in-law problems; parenthood; parents of large families; princesses; prisoners; second marriages; step-parents; widows

St Adelaide was possibly the most prominent European woman of the tenth century through her second marriage to Otto the Great of Germany, the Holy Roman Emperor, Adelaide was regent for some time and later became the foundress of many monasteries of monks and nuns.

The daughter of Rudulph II of Upper Burgundy, Adelaide was married at the age of sixteen to Lothair, who was then king of Italy. A daughter, Emma, was born of this marriage. Lothair was probably poisoned by his successor to the throne, Berengar. As part of Berengar’s attempt to keep his grip on power, he ordered Adelaide to marry his son; she refused, and he imprisoned her in a castle. But soon after the German king, Otto the Great, defeated Berengar, and freed Adelaide and proposed marriage, which she accepted.   On Christmas Day 951 she married Otto at Pavia. The marriage consolidated his authority in northern Italy, and in 962 they were crowned emperor and empress by Pope John XII in Rome. Otto died in 973 and for twenty years Adelaide’s life was a turmoil of family and political troubles. Her daughter-in-law, the Byzantine princess Theophano turned her son Otto II against her. Adelaide had to leave the court and live for a time with her brother in Burgundy. A reconciliation was effected, and in 983 just before he died Otto appointed her his viceroy in Italy.

Otto II died the same year and the new emperor, her grandson Otto III, still a minor, was entrusted to the joint regency of his mother and grandmother. Theophano was able once again to oust Adelaide from power and the court. When Theophano died in 991 the regency reverted to Adelaide alone.  The bishop of Mainz, St. Willigis, came to her aid. After Otto came of age in 995, Adelaide was able to devote herself to works of generosity to the poor, to help in evangelising the Slavs and in founding and restoring monasteries and convents. She was especially friendly with the monastery of Cluny, then the centre of a movement for reform and with its abbots St. Majolus and St. Odilo. The latter wrote a memoir of her, calling her ‘a marvel of beauty and goodness’.  When Otto III was old enough, Adelaide retired to the convent of Seltz near Cologne, a house she had built. She never became a nun but she spent the rest of her days there in prayer. Her feast is kept especially in many German dioceses.

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Saints for 16 December

St Adelaide of Burgundy
St Adelard of Cysoing
St Ado of Vienne
Bl Adolphus of Tunis
Bl Arnaldo of Tunis
St Albina of Caesarea
St Ananias
St Azarias
St Bean of Lough Derg
St Beoc
Bl Clemente Marchisio
St Dominic Dosso
Bl Elizabeth of Saint Francis
Bl Filip Siphong Onphithakt
St Irenion
Bl James of Tunis
Bl Jaume Mases Boncompte
St Jean Wauthier
St Macarius of Collesano
Bl Mary Fontanella
St Misael
St Nicholas Chrysoberges
Bl Raynald de Bar
Bl Sebastian Maggi

Martyred Women of North-West Africa
Martyrs of Ravenna – (4 saints)