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Thought for the Day – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent – 5 December 2017

Thought for the Day – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent – 5 December 2017

St CYRIL OF JERUSALEM (313-386)  Father & Doctor of the Church

We do not preach only one coming of Christ but a second as well, much more glorious than the first.   The first coming was marked by patience;  the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.

In general, whatever relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects.   There is a birth from God before the ages and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time.   There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece and a coming before all eyes, still in the future.

At the first coming He was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger.   At His second coming He will be clothed in light as in a garment.   In the first coming He endured the cross, despising the shame;  in the second coming He will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels.

We look then beyond the first coming and await the second.   At the first coming we said: Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.   At the second we shall say it again;  we shall go out with the angels to meet the Lord and cry out in adoration:  Blessed is He who comes in the name of the Lord.

The Saviour will not come to be judged again but to judge those by whom He was judged. At His own judgement He was silent;  then He will address those who committed the outrages against Him when they crucified Him and will remind them:  You did these things and I was silent.

His first coming was to fulfil His plan of love, to teach men by gentle persuasion.   This time, whether men like it or not, they will be subjects of His kingdom by necessity.

The prophet Malachi speaks of the two comings.   And the Lord whom you seek will come suddenly to His temple: that is one coming.

Again he says of another coming:   Look, the Lord almighty will comeand who will endure the day of His entry, or who will stand in His sight?   Because He comes like a refiner’s fire, a fuller’s herb and He will sit refining and cleansing.

These two comings are also referred to by Paul in writing to Titus:   The grace of God the Saviour has appeared to all men, instructing us to put aside impiety and worldly desires and live temperately, uprightly and religiously in this present age, waiting for the joyful hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ.   Notice how he speaks of a first coming for which he gives thanks and a second, the one we still await.

That is why the faith we profess has been handed on to you in these words:  He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead and His kingdom will have no end.

Our Lord Jesus Christ will therefore come from heaven.   He will come at the end of the world, in glory, at the last day.   For there will be an end to this world and the created world will be made new.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”the twofold coming of christ - st cyril of jerusalem - 5 dec 2017

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Quote/s of the Day – 5 December – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Quote/s of the Day – 5 December – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

“Advent is here!
What a marvellous time in which to renew your desire,
your nostalgia, your real longing for Christ to come —
for Him to come every day to your soul in the Eucharist.
The Church encourages us: Ecce veniet! — He is about to arrive!”

St Josemaria Escriva (1902-1975) – The Forge, 548advent is here! - st josemaria - 5 dec 2017

“Into this world, this demented inn
in which there is absolutely no room for Him at all,
Christ comes uninvited.”

Thomas Merton  (1915-1968)into this world - thomas merton - advent - 5 dec 2017

“We need to find God and He cannot be found
in noise and restlessness.
God is the friend of silence.
See how nature – trees, flowers, grass- grows in silence;
see the stars, the moon and the sun, how they move in silence…
We need silence to be able to touch souls.”

St Mother Teresa  (1910-1997)we need to find god - 5 dec 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 5 December – The Memorial of Blessed Philip Rinaldi

One Minute Reflection – 5 December – The Memorial of Blessed Philip Rinaldi

A shoot shall sprout from the stump….Isaiah 11:1isaIAH 11 1

REFLECTION – “What must you do to have life? Before all else, the first thing you have to do is pray for courage every day to carry the cross the Lord has assigned you. Then let each of you do your own work really well, the work proper to your state, as God wants it and according to your condition.” – Blessed Philip Rinaldiwhat must you do to have life - bl philip rinaldi - 5 dec 2017

PRAYER – Give us the grace, Lord, to have courage to carry our crosses with Christ, Your Son, so that we may come in humility and purity of heart to celebrate His joy in eternal life. Blessed Philip Rinaldi, pray for us, amenbl philip rinaldi pray for us - 5 dec 2017


Our Morning Offering – 5 December – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 5 December – Tuesday of the First Week of Advent

An Advent Prayer
From the Book of Common Prayer

Almighty God,
give us grace,
that we may cast away
the works of darkness
and put upon us,
the armour of light,
now in the time of this mortal life,
in which Your Son, Jesus Christ,
came to visit us in great humility.
That in the last day when He shall come again
in His glorious majesty
to judge both the living and the dead,
we may rise to the life immortal,
through Him who lives and reigns with You
and the Holy Spirit,
now and forever, advent prayer - 5 dec 2017


Tuesday of the First Week of Advent – 5 December 2017

Tuesday of the First Week of Advent – 5 December 2017

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

Daily Meditation:
A shoot shall sprout from the stump.
Our God can transform our weakness, our sin, all conflict and all division.
From every life-less stump – where any future hope has been cut off
– a shoot of new life can sprout.
He shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land’s afflicted.

We need to really hear this “good news” so that our hearts can begin to be softened
to hear how profoundly our God desires to help us
and to make things right with all of creation.
Throughout the day today, we can lighten our spirits
as we turn to God and pray:
Let me rejoice at the coming of your Son, for me!

Justice shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace forever. Psalm 72

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To the eternal Word who became man
to reveal to us the new and living way.
Let us make our humble prayer:
Come, Lord, and save us!

God in whom we live and move and have our being,
– come teach us that You have made us Your own.

You are not far from each of us,
– show Yourself to all who search for You.

Father of the poor and consoler of the afflicted,
– set captives free, give joy to those who mourn.

You hate death and love life,
– free all mankind from eternal death.

Closing Prayer:
God of forgiveness,
I turn to You in my great weakness
and beg for Your help.
Let me feel the joy growing in my heart
as I anticipate Your coming.
I hear the message of the prophets of old
and know that the Messiah will bring
new life and new ways of living.
From the humbleness of my life,
help me to grow and bloom
and hear the words
that will change the world.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”Tuesday of the first week of advent - 5 dec 2017

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Saint of the Day – 5 December – Blessed Philip Rinaldi S.D.B. (1856-1931)

Saint of the Day – 5 December – Blessed Philip Rinaldi S.D.B. (1856-1931) Priest and Religious, Founder – (28 May 1856 at Lu, Monferrato, Piedmont, Italy – 5 December 1931 of natural causes in Turin, Italy).   Patronage – Wrocław.   Blessed Philip was an Italian priest and a professed member from the Salesians of Don Bosco;  he served as the third Rector Major for the order from 1922 until his death in 1931.   He founded the Secular Institute of Don Bosco Volunteers.   Rinaldi was close friends since his childhood to Saint John Bosco and Paolo Albera and it was Bosco who guided Rinaldi who was torn in his adolescence between the farming life and the religious life.   The order held him in high esteem from the outset and noted the potential within him as well as seeing the charism of Bosco encompassed in Rinaldi.   Blessed Philip died in mid-1931 in Turin and his remains were interred in Turin but later relocated in a Salesian-established basilica.   His order later received diocesan approval from the Cardinal Archbishop of Turin Michele Pellegrino on 31 January 1971 and received full pontifical approval from Pope Paul VI on 5 August 1978 right before the pontiff’s death.   Rinaldi’s beatification was celebrated under St Pope John Paul II in 1990.

bl philip rinaldi - header

Phillip Rinaldi was born on 28 May 1856 in Piedmont, Italy.   He met Don Bosco when he was just five years old and intuitively recognised that he was a man with a great mission.

At the age of 22, he entered the Salesian Order at the end of a tremendous vocational struggle and even before making his vows he was made assistant novice master and was placed in charge of those with late vocations.   He was ordained a priest in 1882.

He soon became the Salesian provincial superior in Spain, where he opened many new houses and then served as vicar-general of the Salesians before becoming the Rector Major in 1922, Don Bosco’s third successor.

His humble and quiet leadership of the order – he preferred to remain in the background of events, unnoticed in the crowd — combined with his tremendous saintly virtue and apostolic zeal and a miracle attributed to him, prompted his cause for beatification.    The miracle in question was the healing and regeneration of the jaw of Sister Maria Carla who was shot in the face on 20 April 1945 at the end of World War II during a conflict.

He died on December 5, 1931 in Turin, and was beatified on April 29, 1990 by Pope John Paul II.

All that is lacking to Father Rinaldi is Don Bosco’s voice:  he has everything else. – Father Francesia

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Memorials of the Saints – 5 December

St Abercius
St Anastasius
St Aper of Sens
St Bartholomew Fanti of Mantua
St Basilissa of Øhren
St Bassus of Lucera
St Bassus of Nice
St Cawrdaf of Fferreg
St Christina of Markyate
St Consolata of Genoa
St Crispina
St Cyrinus of Salerno
St Dalmatius of Pavia
St Firminus of Verdun
St Gerald of Braga
St Gerbold
St Gratus
St Joaquín Jovaní Marín
St John Almond
Bl Giovanni/John Gradenigo
St Justinian
St Martiniano of Pecco
Bl Narcyz Putz
St Nicetius of Trier
Bl Niels Stenson
St Pelinus of Confinium
Bl Philip Rinaldi
St Sabbas of Mar Saba
St Vicente Jovaní Ávila

Martyrs of Thagura – (12 saints): A group of twelve African Christians who were martyred together in the persecutions of Diocletian. The only details about them that have survived are five of their names – Crispin, Felix, Gratus, Juliua and Potamia.
302 in Thagura, Numidia

Martyred in the Spanish Civil War:
• Blessed Joaquín Jovaní Marín
• Blessed Vicente Jovaní Ávila