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Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

Advent and Christmas Wisdom with St Alphonsus Liguori (1696-1787)

26 December – The Second Day of the Christmas Octave

Jesus is born an infant

“Consider the first sign which the angel gave to the shepherds as they discovered the newborn Messiah, was that they would find Him as an infant.   The littleness of infants causes us to respond in love but consider that the infant Jesus, who is also the incomprehensible God, has made Himself an infant for our sake.   Adam came into the world as a fully-developed man, the eternal Word chose to appear to us as an infant, so that He might attract our hearts to Himself with great force.   He did not come into the world for any other reason, other than, to be loved!

How is it possible, that any person can reflect with faith about God, who became a little child and not love Him?   As St Francis of Assisi said “Let us love the child of Bethlehem, let us love the child of Bethlehem.” He is an infant, He does not speak,   He only cries but these cries are cries of love which invite us to love Him, cries that demand our hearts.

My beloved Jesus, my dearest infant, enchain me with Your love.   I love You and will always love You.   Permit me never to be separated from You.”

Scripture

And they went with haste and found Mary and Joseph and the babe lying in a manger.

Luke 2:16

Prayer

Glory to God, the angels cry
Earth hears the echo from on high.
Mankind’s true Shepherd and its Lord,
by shepherd hearts is first adored.
Almighty God,
Your incarnate Word fills us
with the new light He brought to men.
Let the light of faith in our hearts
shine through all that we do and say.
Amenand they went with haste luke 2 16 - let us love the child of bethlehem - 26 dec 2018

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One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11

One Minute Reflection – 27 November – Today’s Gospel: Luke 21:5–11, Tuesday of the Thirty Fourth week in Ordinary Time, Year B and the Memorial of St Leonard of Port Maurice OFM (1676-1751)

“As for these things which you see, the days will come when there shall not be left here one stone upon another that will not be thrown down.” …Luke 21:6

REFLECTION – ” Indeed, if each one of us is faithful to the Lord, when our death comes, as shall we say what St Francis said:  ‘sister death, come’.   It will not frighten us.   And even on the day of judgement, we will look to the Lord and we can say:  ‘Lord I have many sins but I tried to be faithful.’   And since the Lord is good, we will not be afraid.”…Pope Francis – Santa Marta, 22 November 2016luke 21 6 as for these things which you see the day will come - andevenonthedayofjudgment -pope francis - 26nov2018

PRAYER – True Light of the world, Lord Jesus Christ, as You enlighten all men for their salvation, give us grace, we pray, to herald Your coming, by preparing the ways of justice, love and peace.   Grant us the assistance of the intercession of St Leonard of Port Maurice, who so diligently worked to bring Your good news to all.   Let his example be an inspiration in our lives.   Lord Jesus Christ who live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, God, forever, amen.st leonard of port maurice pray for us - 27 nov 2018