The coming of God's Son to earth is an event of such immensity that God willed to prepare for it over centuries. He makes everything converge on Christ: all the rituals and sacrifices, figures and symbols of the "First Covenant". He announces him through the mouths of the prophets who succeeded one another in Israel. Moreover, he awakens in the hearts of the pagans a dim expectation of this coming.
St. John the Baptist is the Lord's immediate precursor or forerunner, sent to prepare his way. "Prophet of the Most High", John surpasses all the prophets, of whom he is the last. He inaugurates the Gospel, already from his mother's womb welcomes the coming of Christ, and rejoices in being "the friend of the bridegroom", whom he points out as "the Lamb of God, who takes away the sin of the world". Going before Jesus "in the spirit and power of Elijah", John bears witness to Christ in his preaching, by his Baptism of conversion, and through his martyrdom.
When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior's first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor's birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: "He must increase, but I must decrease."
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MEMORARE, o purissime Sponse Virginis Mariae, o dulcis Protector mi, sancte Ioseph, non esse auditum a saeculo, quemquem ad tua implorantem auxilia, tua petentem suffragia, esse derelictum. Ego tali animatus confidentia ad te venio, tibique fervide me commendo. Noli, quaeso, o Pater putative Redemptoris, verba mea despicere, sed audi propitius. Amen.
AGAINST THE CO-EDUCATION OF WOMEN
"It is evident that women are capable of higher education, and it seems to me equally that she is entitled to it. My opposition is not to the HIGHER EDUCATION of women, but to the CO-EDUCATION of women. While I most cordially agree to the proposition that there is no education too high or too good for woman, I am not all convinced that she can best obtain this education side by side with man in the great universities of our country. Coeducation and higher education are two totally different questions, and the interests of women no less than the interests of truth suffer by confusing them.
Education implies the growth and development of all the faculties of mind and heart, but this surely does not mean the molding of unlike natures into a superficial resemblance of each other. The higher education of woman can by no possibility mean the molding of her mental and moral life into the likeness of the mental and moral life of a man. Even if this end were desirable, it does not follow that it could be attained by subjecting man and woman to the same discipline."
(Shields Thomas Edwards, "Education of Our Girls)
The Consecration of California to Our Blessed Mother! What a beautiful and meaningful event, thank you @libuttiangelo for organizing everything! Thank you to the @kofc_official for leading the procession, to all the amazing speakers, and all the priests and laypeople that came out 😇🙏🕊❤️🇻🇦
“Let us live as the Blessed Virgin lived: loving God only, desiring God only, trying to please God only in all that we do.” -St. John Vianney
“…If we do what we have always done, what our fathers did before us, we cannot go wrong. Satan wants to destroy this prayer, but in this he will never succeed. The Rosary is the prayer of those who triumph over everything and everyone. It was Our Lady who taught us this prayer, just as it was Jesus who taught us the Our Father.” -St. Padre Pio
Caption this! Pope Francis received this portrait today from a delegation of the Order of the Blessed Virgin Mary of Mercy - also known as Mercedarians.
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We who are familiar with the Gospels may suffer, at times, from a certain indifference to the sufferings of Christ. We hear the story read each year, have seen many images of the Passion, and as a result of this familiarity, we can fail to allow it to have the proper effect on our lives. But the Passion is real, it happened, and we should give it our full attention. Though it may not be pleasant, on one level, it is an act of love so mysterious that it requires much grace to enable us to penetrate its meaning and significance in our lives. Every scourge, ridicule, nail and thorn wounded not only our Lord’s body, but it caused excruciating pain to His soul. But every pain that He endured He took into His Heart and redeemed it, offering it to the Father for the salvation of all. We must see this great mystery of our faith and gaze upon it in awe and holy wonder.
Have you gazed upon the suffering Jesus? Have you allowed yourself to see His pain and His suffering? Have you seen Him endure all in silence and acceptance? Reflect upon this incredible mystery of our faith this day and allow yourself to grow in love and compassion for Him who endured so much for you. Know that His suffering destroyed the effects of sin and transformed suffering itself into the instrument of His Divine Mercy.
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