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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.
It is to CHOOSE THEM ALL!
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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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
things,
– help us to wait in joyful hope for the coming of Your
glory.

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

Closing Prayer:
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.”sat of the second week - 16 dec 2017