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Thought for the Day – 15 December – Friday in the Second Week of Advent – “The Golden Thread”

Thought for the Day – 15 December – Friday in the Second Week of Advent – “The Golden Thread”

The Golden Thread

All through the long ages that elapsed from the promise to the coming of the Redeemer, a golden thread of light from Heaven ran athwart their darkness.   In the chosen people of Israel, there ever prevailed a strong conviction of the coming of a Saviour, who was to deliver His people from all sin and evil. It was handed down from generation to generation and was again and again renewed by the inspired declarations of the Prophets of Israel.   Thus, God in His mercy never leaves Himself without a witness to reveal to men of goodwill the message of hope.

So through all the centuries that have passed since the coming of our Lord, the Catholic Church has been the golden thread of light amid the darkness of heresy and heathendom.   What a bright and glorious thread!   What a contrast to all around!   How it has, through God’s mercy, enlightened my life  ! How can I ever thank God sufficiently that, led by its Divine light, I am travelling on in peace and safety to the Heavenly Jerusalem!

So, too, there runs through the life of all those who are to attain at last to the eternal happiness of Heaven, a golden thread, which never wholly disappears, even though their steps may wander far from the right path.   Sometimes it is kindness to the poor; sometimes devotion to the holy souls; very often, it is a reverence to the Holy Mother of God that thus runs through the whole of life.   In my life, God has interwoven some such thread.   Do I follow it up with grateful perseverance?   (Fr Richard Clarke SJ)

Come Lord Jesus, my light, my life, I thank You!come lord jesus - 15 december 2017 - the golden thread

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Quote of the Day – 15 December – Friday in the Second Week of Advent

Quote of the Day – 15 December – Friday in the Second Week of Advent

“Now is the time to say to Jesus:
“Lord, I have let myself be deceived;
in a thousand ways I have shunned Your love,
yet here I am once more,
to renew my covenant with You.
I need you.
Save me once again, Lord,
take me once more into
Your redeeming embrace”.

Pope Francis – The Joy of the Gospelnow is the time to say to jesus - 15 dec 2017 - from the joy of the gospel

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One Minute Reflection – 15 December – Friday of the Second Week of Advent

One Minute Reflection – 15 December – Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Therefore, stay awake, for you know neither the day nor the hour...Matthew 25:13matthew 25 13 - 15 dec 2017

REFLECTION – “To prevent His disciples from asking the time of His coming, Christ said: About that hour no one knows, neither the angels nor the Son.   It is not for you to know times or moments.   He has kept those things hidden so that we may keep watch, each of us thinking that He will come in our own day. If He had revealed the time of His coming, His coming would have lost its savour:  it would no longer be an object of yearning for the nations and the age in which it will be revealed.   He promised that He would come but did not say when He would come and so, all generations and ages await Him eagerly.”…St Ephrem (306-373) Father & Doctor of the Churchhe promised that he would come - st ephrem - 15 dec 2017

PRAYER – Holy God, keep us ever alert and watchful, making straight the paths of Your Son, as we await His coming.   It is within our hearts that we need to straighten all things, for if all hearts are ready, our Lord will find His people waiting in hope, peace, joy and love.   Come, Lord Jesus, come. Amencome lord jesus - 15 dec 2017

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Our Morning Offering – 15 December – Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 15 December – Friday of the Second Week of Advent

Grant us Your light O Lord
By St Bede the Venerable (673-735) Doctor of the Church

Grant us Your light O Lord
so that the darkness of our hearts
may 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.
Amen

grant us your light o lord - st bede - 15 dec 2017

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Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Friday of the Second Week of Advent – 15 December

Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.

Daily Meditation:
I, the Lord, your God, teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go…Isaiah 48:17-18

In our self-reliant independence, we can easily forget that
our God really knows what is good for us and calls us to that goodness.
In our rebellion, we sometimes cling to our freedom
to be self-destructive or to simply keep our life on a shallow level.
Let’s let ourselves be drawn into the invitation to live our lives
touched by the grace of God-with-us.

Those who follow You, Lord, will have the light of life.  (John 8:12)

Wisdom is vindicated by her works

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer, who comes to save us from our
sins, let us cry out with joy:
Come, Lord Jesus!

The prophets of old foretold Your birth among us,
– now make virtue come to life in us.

We proclaim Your saving work,
– now grant us your salvation.

You came to heal the contrite,
– heal the weakness of Your people.

You came and saw fit to reconcile the world,
– when You come again in judgement, free us from the
torments of punishment.

Closing Prayer:
Lord Jesus,
in the darkness of these Advent nights
let me be guided by the light of Your word.
Give me the humility to be led by You
and the wisdom to learn from You.
I feel Your light in my life
and in the world.
I am grateful for the Saviour who awaits us,
and eagerly await the time of rejoicing.
Let me look forward in hope
and turn to You with great trust,
knowing You will guide my steps
along the unknown path of this day.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
Amen.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”friday of second week - 15 dec 2017

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Saint of the Day – 15 December – St Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587-1651)

Saint of the Day – 15 December – St Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587-1651) Widow, Religious, Founder, Apostle of Charity.   (2 April 1587 in Genoa, Italy – 15 December 1651 in Genoa, Italy of natural causes).   Patronage – Sisters of Our Lady of Refuge in Mount Cavalry.   St Virginia was Cabonised on 18 May 2003 by St Pope John Paul II at Vatican Basilica.   Her body is incorrupt.

Virginia_Centurione_Bracelli3

She was born in 1587 in Genoa to a family of nobles.   She was the daughter of Giorgio Centurione (who was the Doge of Genoa from 1621 to 1623) and Lelia Spinola.   Though she felt a calling to dedicate her life to prayer and service in a religious community, she was given in marriage to a well-known and wealthy young man, Gaspare.

The couple had two daughters, but Gaspare’s attention was divided by pursuits of pleasure.   Living harshly shortened his life and Virginia found herself a widow by the time she was 20.   Her father tried to arrange a second marriage,but she refused and made a vow of chastity.

While she remained obedient to her father in other matters and never disregarded the care of her own children, she began to share her available time and resources with those in need.   She felt called to serve God through the poor and dedicated half of her wealth to those who lacked what they needed for a dignified life.

When her daughters had grown and accepted marriages, Virginia turned her full attention to helping orphans, the elderly and the sick.   War, epidemics and famine all brought many suffering people to her doorstep.   She began to go a step further, traveling to disreputable areas of the city to seek out those in danger, especially women.

An empty convent stood near the town and she was given permission to rent it to care for children who were orphaned and suffering from a plague and famine.   Other women came to join her in service.   Within three years, some 300 were receiving care there and the centre was recognised as a hospital.  She organised the women who came to help her into a community and spent the rest of her life supporting their work to serve God through the poor.

Nobles and government officials called upon her to help mediate differences and she gathered people to find ways to fight systems of inequality in the region.   Despite all of these engagements, she never lost sight of the poor—she always had time and assistance to offer them and continued to seek them out.   She died on this date in 1651 and was canonised by St Pope John Paul II in 2003.

St. Virginia Centurione Bracelli, you served God through the poor, pray for us!Virgina_Centurione_Pittura

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Memorials of the Saints – 15 December

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 Urbicus
St Valerian of Abbenza
Bl Victoria Strata
St Virginia Centurione Bracelli (1587-1651)

Martyrs of Drina – (5 beati): Also known as
• Daughters of Divine Charity of Drina
• Drina Martyrs
Five members of the Daughters of Divine Charity who were martyred while fighting off Chetnik rapists. They were –
Jozefa Bojanc
Jozefa Fabjan
Karoline Anna Leidenix
Kata Ivanisevic
Terezija Banja
Their martyrdom occured in December 1941 in Gorazde, Bosansko-Podrinjski, Bosnia-Herzegovina
They were Beatified on 24 September 2011 by Pope Benedict XVI.

Martyrs of North Africa – (7 saints): A group of Christians martyred together for their faith in North Africa. The only details about them that survive are their names – Caelian, Candidus, Faustinus, Fortunatus, Januarius, Lucius and Mark.

Martyrs of Rome – (22 saints): A group of 22 Christians martyred together in the persecutions of Valerian. The only details we have are five of their names – Antonius, Irenaeus, Saturnin, Theodorus and Victor. c 258 in Rome, Italy.