Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day One – 16 December

Christmas Novena to the Christ Child – Day One – 16 December

God’s Love Revealed In His Becoming Man

Because our first parent Adam, had rebelled against God, he was driven out of paradise and brought on himself and all his descendants the punishment of eternal death. ,,But the son of God, seeing man thus lost and wishing to save him from death, offered to take upon Himself our human nature and to suffer death Himself, condemned as a criminal on a cross.

But, My Son,” we may imagine the eternal Father saying to Him, “think of what a life of humiliations and sufferings You wilt have to lead on earth. You wilL have to be born in a cold stable and laid in a manger, the feeding trough of beasts.
While still an infant, You wilL have to flee into Egypt, to escape the hands of Herod.
After Your return from Egypt, You will have to live and work in a shop as a lowly servant, poor and despised.
And finally, worn out with sufferings, You will have to give up Your life on a cross, put to shame and abandoned by everyone.

Father,” replies the Son, “all this matters not. I will gladly bear it all, if only I can save man.

What should we say if a prince, out of compassion for a dead worm, were to choose to become a worm himself and give his own life blood in order to restore the worm to life? But the eternal Word has done infinitely more than this for us. Although He is the Sovereign Lord of the world, He chose to become like us, who are immeasurably more beneath Him than a worm is beneath a prince and He was willing to die for us, in order to win back the life of divine grace that we had lost by sin.

When He saw, that all the other gifts which He had bestowed on us, were not sufficient, to induce us to repay His love with love, He became man Himself and gave all of Himself to us.

The Word was made flesh and dwelt among us;”
“He loved us and delivered Himself up for us.

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.


Thought for the Day – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent – The Roots of Faith

Thought for the Day – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

The Roots of Faith

Once again, O Lord of hosts;
look down from heaven and see;
Take care of this vine
and protect what your right hand has planted
the son of man, whom you yourself made strong.
Psalm 80:15-16

What does it mean to be a CATHOLIC?
Jesus gave the best definition of the term when He said:
“In my Father’s house there are many rooms.”
This is not a description of a certain geography of heaven
but a revelation of the breadth of God’s heart….

To belong to a Church is to be loyal to many things, not just one thing.
A healthy member of a church community does not pick, in an “either/or fashion”
between having boundaries or emphasising freedom,
between believing in defined doctrines or emphasising individual conscience,
between the gift of legitimate institutionalised authority or the importance of individual charisma,
between the role of ordained ministers and the priesthood of all people,
between the needs of the local community and the needs of the larger universal Church,
between what the gifted artist brings to the community and what the poorest of the poor brings,
between liberal and conservative,
between old and new,
or even between what is being said by those church members who are still alive
and those who have died but with whom we are still in communion.

To be a member of the Church, is not to choose among these.
Like our God in heaven, we too need a heart with many rooms.

Lord Jesus, give Your people hearts to embrace one another,
to embrace Your Holy Church and all its teachings, its works and its words
and to invite everyone in. Amen.

(Excerpted from Fr Ronald Rolheiser’s “Light for the World”)the roots of faith - sat of second week advent - 16 dec 2017



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Quote/s of the Day – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Quote/s of the Day – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

“If we wish to make any progress in the service of God
we must begin every day of our life with new eagerness.
We must keep ourselves in the presence of God
as much as possible and have no other view
or end in all our actions but the divine honour.”if we wish to make - st charles borromeo - 16 dec 2017

“We must meditate before,
during and after everything we do.
The prophet says:
“I will pray, and then I will understand.”
This is the way we can easily overcome
the countless difficulties we have to face
day after day, which, after all, are part of our work.
In meditation, we find the strength,
to bring Christ to birth in ourselves and in others.”

St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584)we must meditate - st charles borromeo - 16 dec 2017

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One Minute Reflection – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

One Minute Reflection – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Near indeed is his salvation to those who fear him,
glory dwelling in our land.…Psalm 85:10

REFLECTION – “The Church asks us to understand that Christ, who came once in the flesh, is prepared to come again. When we remove all obstacles to His presence He will come, at any hour and moment, to dwell spiritually in our hearts, bringing with Him the riches of His grace.”….St Charles Borromeo (1538-1584) (from a Pastoral letter to his Diocese),the church asks us to understand - st charles borromeo - 16 dec 2017

PRAYER – Almighty God, let the splendour of Your glory dawn in our hearts. May the coming of Your only Son dispel all darkness and reveal that we are children of light. Through Jesus Christ our Lord, in union with the Holy Spirit, one God forever and ever, amen.





Our Morning Offering – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

Our Morning Offering – 16 December – Saturday of the Second Week of Advent

A 10th Century Catholic Advent Prayer

Unknown Author

You are our eternal salvation,
The unfailing light of the world.
Light everlasting,
You are truly our redemption.
Grieving that the human race was perishing
through the tempter’s power,
without leaving the heights
You came to the depths
in Your loving kindness.
Readily taking our humanity
by Your gracious will,
You saved all earthly creatures,
long since lost,
Restoring joy to the world.
Redeem our souls and bodies, O Christ,
and so possess us as Your shining dwellings.
By Your first coming, make us righteous;
At Your second coming, set us free:
So that, when the world is filled with light
and You judge all things,
We may be clad in spotless robes
and follow in Your steps, O King,
Into the heavenly hall.   Amen10th cent advent prayer - you are our eternal salvation - 16 dec 2017


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Saturday of the Second Week of Advent – 16 December

Saturday of the Second Week of Advent – 16 December
“Let us adore the Lord, the King who is to come.”

Daily Meditation:
Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.

God seems to like to prepare the way for our salvation.
We can experience prophets, even Elijah’s on fire with God’s word.
What are the messages, the stirrings, the signs of fire
that are preparing the way for the Lord to enter my life these days?
Can we make friends with these preparations for the Lord?

Blessed is he who shall have seen you
and who falls asleep in your friendship...Sirach 48:11

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Jesus Christ, our Redeemer, who will come again in
glory with great power, let us make our humble prayer:
Come, Lord Jesus!

Lord Jesus, You will come with great power,
– look on our lowliness and make us worthy of Your gifts.

You came to be the good news for mankind,
– may we always proclaim Your saving work.

You are worthy of praises, for You have life and rule all
– help us to wait in joyful hope for the coming of Your

We long for the grace of Your coming,
– console us with the gift of Your own divine life.

Closing Prayer:
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.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”sat of the second week - 16 dec 2017


Saint of the Day – 16 December – St Adelaide of Italy/Burgundy (c 931-999)

Saint of the Day – 16 December – St Adelaide of Italy/Burgundy – Holy Roman Empress, widow, Foundress of monasteries and Apostle of Charity (c 931-999) (c 931 at Burgundy, France – 999 at the monastery of Selta (Seltz), Alsace of natural causes).   Patronages – • abuse victims• against in-law problems• brides• empresses• exiles• parenthood• parents of large families• princesses• prisoners• second marriages• step-parents• widows.   Attributes – • empress dispensing alms and food to the poor, often beside a ship• escaping from prison in a boat• holding a church• veil.   St Adelaide was a Holy Roman Empress by marriage to Holy Roman Emperor Otto the Great; she was crowned as the Holy Roman Empress with him by Pope John XII in Rome on 2 February 962. She was regent of the Holy Roman Empire as the guardian of her grandson in 991-995.

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.Santa Adelaide, estátua em Seltz, Alsacia

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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Memorials of the Saints – 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: A large group of women martyred in the persecutions of Hunneric, Arian King of the Vandals. 482 in North-West Africa.

Martyrs of Ravenna – (4 saints): A group of Christians martyred together. Four names and no other information has survived – Agricola, Concordius, Navalis and Valentine. c 305 at Ravenna, Italy.