Share the love of God with the priests of Newtown, CT

We have become used to the news of another shooting somewhere in the world: for some people they are almost hardened to the news. Others are lucky, more innocent, but when something happens in their town, they lose this innocence.

I came across the post linked below this morning, and ask that, of your charity, you read it.

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O radix Jesse — ‘to you all nations shall have recourse’

O Root of Jesse, you stand as a sign for the peoples; before you kings shall keep silence and to you all nations shall have recourse.  Come, save us, and do not delay.1

We remember the words of Isaiah,

Behold my servant shall understand, he shall be exalted, and extolled, and shall be exceeding…2

He shall sprinkle many nations, kings shall shut their mouth at him:…3

And he shall grow up as a tender plant before him, and as a root out of a thirsty ground:…4

who prophesied a restoration of the throne of King David — this is the ‘tender plant’. Indeed our blessed Lord whose coming we are now waiting for expectantly is the root of Jesse in, not one sense, but two. He is the descendant of David, the youngest son of Jesse; and He inherited the Throne.

This is He who we believe is the ‘God of Love sitting on a Throne of Grace’, this is Jesus, son of the Blessed Virgin Mary, for as the angel said to Our Lady:

… and the Lord God shall give unto him the throne of David his father; and he shall reign in the house of Jacob for ever. And of his kingdom there shall be no end.5

As we come closer and closer to the great Feast of the Nativity of our Lord, we come closer and closer to His reign on earth at the second coming. Of course, as Catholics we believe that He reigns now, we have only a few weeks ago celebrated the Feast of Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe, and today we remember that again, but in a more urgent, expectant, way.

For me, this is a reminder of our mission in the world, taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ among the people, letting them see and hear Him through us. I pray that I may be a worthy instrument of that Gospel.

Notes
1. Antiphons of Advent
2. Is. 52.13
3. Is. 52.15
4. Is. 53.2
5. Lk 1.32–33
6. All Scriptural references are from the Douai-Rheims translation.

O Sapientia — ‘the way of prudence’

The first of the Great O Antiphons1 today gives us the sign that in Advent we are drawing closer to Christmas.

Looking at today’s Antiphon, O Wisdom, we find a translation

O Wisdom, you came forth from the mouth of the Most High and, reaching from beginning to end, you ordered all things mightily and sweetly.  Come, and teach us the way of prudence.2

Prudence is not something we hear about very often, it’s not a word that I encounter on the streets of the city. Yet it is one that would be useful for us all to remember. Prudence is ‘the ability to govern and discipline oneself by the use of reason.’

I pray that we all will use the reasoning that our God gave us, as we discern our paths in life.

Notes

1.  Fr William Saunders gives some background to them in his article reproduced on Catholic Education Resource Center.

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Advent: a time of refreshing the spiritual and material workflow

You know how it is, there’s always more paperwork to be done, more letters and email to be read, and what is the next action that needs doing. Well yesterday, today, and tomorrow have been blocked out of my diary to sort collect all that is going on in my life, and then decide how to proceed. The simple way can be shown by questions below

  • Is it actionable?
    • No?
      • Trash
      • Someday
      • Reference
    • Yes
      • What’s the next action?
        • if under 2 minutes to do it, then do it.
        • if over 2 minutes,
          • delegate
          • defer to calendar
          • next actions list
English: Logo of Ikea.

Thanks to IKEA I have a number of large boxes which are going to the dump full of trash. 

But to get to the beginning, it is necessary to collect everything, so I have been going through the mountain of paperwork in stages and doing the above process rather than doing it all at once. Yesterday I was really only able to the first sort – Is it actionable, Yes or No, and if no, is it trash or not? One very large IKEA box of rubbish is heading to the dump today.

Of course, it is not just our material lives that need to have a clear out and a new way of working, we need to do that with our spiritual lives as well. We need to factor that in when planning our work schedule. Making sure that we have time to examine our consciences at the end of each day is important. The Sacrament of Penance is where we can right ourselves with the community of Faith and with God. Talking over what we are doing with our lives with a priest is always useful.

Often people take Spring as the time to clean out their houses, but for me, Advent is a bit like Spring but in the Church’s year, it is the first season, so for me it is the perfect time to make new liturgical year resolutions. One for me has been to take the time each day to pray the Divine Office without hurry. Being able to commit to this involves working a better way of working for everything else… which is why it is back to ‘Is it actionable?’ for me now.

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