Quote/s of the Day – 2 February – The Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin and the Presentation of the Lord
“And inspired by the Spirit he came into the temple
and when the parents brought in the child Jesus,
to do for him according to the custom of the law,
he took him up in his arms and blessed God ..…”
“We must be burning with love
and radiant with good deeds
and so take up Christ
in our hands with Simeon.
Could anyone hold up
a lighted candle in his hands
on this day, without at once
remembering that old man,
who on this same day,
took up in his arms Jesus, God’s Word,
clothed in flesh like a candle-flame clothed in wax
and affirmed Him to be
“the Light which would be a beacon for the Gentiles.”
Bl Guerric of Igny O.Cist (c 1080-1157)
“She, the holy Mother of God,
must go to the Temple like other Hebrew mothers,
as though she had lost something,
which needed restoring by a legal sacrifice.
He, that is the Son of God and Son of Man,
must be treated in all things,
as though He were a servant
and be ransomed in common.
with the poorest Jewish boy.
Mary adores the will of God
and embraces it with her whole heart.
… She was in the Temple of Jerusalem,
what she was in the house of Nazareth,
when she received the Archangel’s visit;
she was the Handmaid of the Lord.”
Servant of God Abbot Prosper Guéranger