Quote/s of the Day – 6 December – “Thy sins are forgiven thee …Arise and walk.” – Luke 5:23

Quote/s of the Day – 6 December – Monday of the Second Week of Advent, Readings: Isaiah 35:1-10, Psalms 85:9 and 10, 11-12, 13-14, Luke 5:17-26

“Thy sins are forgiven thee …
Arise and walk.

Luke 5:23

“Rise, you who were lying fast asleep…
Rise and hurry to the Church:
here is the Father,
here is the Son,
here is the Holy Spirit.

St Ambrose (340-397)
Father and Doctor of the Church

“Then the righteous shall shine like the sun
in the kingdom of their Father.

Matthew 13:43

So from now on, run well (cf. Gal 5:7)
and may the devil not bewitch you (cf. Gal 3:1)
nor hinder you! …
May mercy, peace, charity,
freedom from envy,
from jealousy and ostentation
come upon you, docility, friendly speech,
solidarity, compassion
towards each other, humility.

St Theodore the Studite (759-826)

What are you afraid of, you men of little faith?
That He will not pardon your sins?
But with His own hands He has nailed them to the cross.
That you are used to soft living
and your tastes are fastidious?
But He knows the clay of which we are made (Gn 2:7).
That a prolonged habit of sinning binds you like a chain?
But the Lord loosens the shackles of prisoners.
Or perhaps that angered by the enormity
and frequency of your sins,
He is slow to extend a helping hand?
But where sin abounded,
grace became superabundant (Rom 5,20).
Are you worried about clothing
and food and other bodily necessities
so that you hesitate to give up your possessions?
But He knows that you need all these things (Mt 6,32).
What more can you wish?
What else is there to hold you back
from the way of salvation? ”

St Bernard (1091-1153)
Mellifluous Doctor of the Church

My Lord Jesus Christ,
You have made this journey
to die for me, with love unutterable
and I have so many times unworthily abandoned You
but now I love You with my whole heart
and because I love You,
I repent sincerely for having ever offended You.
Pardon me, my God
and permit me to accompany You on this journey.
You go to die for love of me,
I wish also, my beloved Redeemer,
to die for love of Thee.
My Jesus, I will live
and die always united to You.”

By St Alphonsus Mary Liguori (1696-1787)
Most Zealous Doctor of the Church

Posted in ADVENT, MORNING Prayers, The WORD

Monday of the Second Week of Advent – 11 December

Monday of the Second Week of Advent – 11 December

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

Daily Meditation:
Our God will come to save us!
What an incredible promise!
Each of these days uses images to help us
to imagine and become excited about the ways
our God has tried to prepare us, through the prophets
to be ready for the healing and restoration and love
that is offered us in Jesus.
For all in me that is feeble or weak or frightened
I can simply listen to these words:

Strengthen the hands that are feeble,
make firm the knees that are weak,
Say to those whose hearts are frightened:
Be strong, fear not!
Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
With divine recompense
he comes to save you…Isaiah 35:3-4

Which is easier, to say, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’
or to say, ‘Rise and walk’?…Luke 5:23

Today’s Daily Reflection – Intercessions:
To Christ our Redeemer, who will come again to free from
the power of death all those who return to Him, let
us humbly pray:
Come, Lord Jesus!

As we proclaim Your coming, Lord,
– cleanse our hearts of every vain desire.

Lord, may the Church which You founded,
– proclaim Your greatness to all peoples.

Your law is a light to our eyes,
– let it protect those who trust in you.

You allow the joys of Your coming to be foretold to us by
Your Church,
– may we receive You with eager devotion.

Closing Prayer:
God of Strength,
I need Your courage.
You offer to make firm the knees that are weak.
Only You know how frightened I so often am.
And You do offer me strength.
There is the promise of Your Son’s coming
and knowing that You will save me.
I can’t do this on my own
no matter how often I think I can.
Give me the humility to ask for Your help
and open heart to accept
Your healing and love in my life.
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.

“Maranatha, Come Lord Jesus.”monday of the second week of advent - 11 dec 2017