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Pearls of Wisdom from the Virgin Mary

MAGNIFICAT
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord;
my spirit rejoices in God my savior.
For he has looked upon his handmaid’s lowliness;
behold, from now on will all ages call me blessed.
The Mighty One has done great things for me,
and holy is his name.
His mercy is from age to age
to those who fear him.
He has shown might with his arm,
dispersed the arrogant of mind and heart.
He has thrown down the rulers from their thrones
but lifted up the lowly.
The hungry he has filled with good things;
the rich he has sent away empty.
He has helped Israel his servant,
remembering his mercy,
according to his promise to our fathers,
to Abraham and to his descendants forever.
Luke 2:46-55

Pearls of Wisdom from Gabriel and Zechariah

The angel said to Zechariah, “I am Gabriel, who stand before God. I was sent to speak to you and to announce to you this good news:

Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John. And you will have joy and gladness, and many will rejoice at his birth, for he will be great in the sight of the Lord. He will drink neither wine nor strong drink. He will be filled with the holy Spirit even from his mother’s womb, and he will turn many of the children of Israel to the Lord their God.”

Zechariah said: Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, for he has visited and brought redemption to his people.

 

Pearls of Wisdom from Juan Diego

Our Lady of Guadalupe is the persona of the Virgin Mary who appeared in 1531 to a Mexican Indian named Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin on the hill of Tepeyac near what is now Mexico City. Hispanic Catholics don’t think about the appearance; they live in it.

 

December 11, 2017

Be strong, fear not!

Here is your God.

He comes to save you.

 

Christmas Parish Sacrament of Penance – Thursday, December 14th, 7:00 PM

Pearls of Wisdom from Aurelius Prudentius Clemens

Of the Father’s love begotten

ere the worlds began to be,

He is Alpha and Omega;

He the source, the ending He,

of the things that are, that have been,

and that future years shall see

evermore and evermore!

 

O that birth forever blessed,

when a virgin, full of grace,

by the Holy Ghost conceiving,

bore the Savior of our race;

and the Babe, the world’s Redeemer,

first revealed his sacred face,

evermore and evermore!

 

O ye heights of heaven adore Him,

angel hosts, His praises sing,

pow’ers, dominions, bow before Him,

and extol our God and King;

let no tongue on earth be silent,

ev’ery voice in concert ring

evermore and evermore!

 

Christ, to Thee with God the Father

and, O Holy Ghost, to Thee,

hymn and chant and high thanksgiving

and unwearied praises be:

honor, glory, and dominion,

and eternal victory

evermore and evermore!

Pearls of Wisdom from Saint Paul

God chose us in Christ Jesus before the world began and mercifully destined us to be his sons and daughters. This is why Christ’s coming at Christmas is the great reason for joy. His coming made us who we are.

Saint Paul put it very well.

Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ,
who has blessed us in Christ
with every spiritual blessing in the heavens,
as he chose us in him, before the foundation of the world,
to be holy and without blemish before him. 
In love he destined us for adoption to himself through Jesus Christ,
in accord with the favor of his will,
for the praise of the glory of his grace
that he granted us in the beloved.

Ephesians 1

Pearls of Wisdom from Saint Ambrose

If it is “daily bread,” why do you take it once a year? . . . Take daily what is to profit you daily. Live in such a way that you may deserve to receive it daily. He who does not deserve to receive it daily, does not deserve to receive it once a year. 

True repentance is to cease from sin. 

Except a man fear the Lord, he is unable to renounce sin.

Prayer is the wing wherewith the soul flies to heaven,

                  and meditation the eye wherewith we see God.

The Man Behind the Story of Father Christmas/Santa Claus

St. Nicholas was a Bishop who lived in the fourth century in a place called Myra in Asia Minor (now called Turkey). He was a very rich man because his parents died when he was young and left him a lot of money. He was also a very kind man and had a reputation for helping the poor and giving secret gifts to people who needed it. There are several legends about St. Nicholas, although we don’t know if any of them are true!

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