Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 10 December 2018, Advent Feria. From today's Old Testament reading, from Isaiah: 'Strengthen the weak hands, and make firm the feeble knees. Say to those who are of a fearful heart, "Be strong, fear not! Behold, your God will come with vengeance, with the recompense of God. He will come and save you."' Pope S John Paul II said, at the Inauguration Mass for the beginning of his pontificate in 1978, said, 'Do not be afraid. Open wide the doors for Christ!' May we indeed do this as we wait in expectation for the coming of the Lord this Christmas. May God bless you.

9 December 2018, Second Sunday of Advent. The image opposite shows some of the liturgical texts for today. Our Old Testament reading is from Baruch and here is an extract: 'Take off the garment of your sorrow and affliction, O Jerusalem, and put on for ever the beauty of the glory from God. Put on the robe of the righteousness from God; put on your head the diadem of the glory of the Everlasting. For God will show your splendour everywhere under heaven. For your name will for ever be called by God, "Peace of righteousness and glory of godliness."' Beauty and joy are the keynotes of this text, and of the Advent liturgy generally. The language is that of hope, of holy longing. May your heart be filled with joyful Advent expectation, and may God bless you.

Saturday 8 December 2018, The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Solemnity. This image, from a fresco in Santa Croce in Florence, shows the meeting of SS Anne and Joachim at the Golden Gate in Jerusalem. Tradition holds that it was after this event that our Lady was immaculately conceived. This year, precisely on this day, nineteen martyrs of Algeria (including their Bishop, Pierre Claverie) are to be beatified at the Shrine of our Lady of Oran, Algeria. The martyrs include the seven monks of Tibhirine as well as religious men and women, and we pray for that event. Also, today, we pray for Archbishop Bernard Longley of Birmingham, on the anniversary of his Episcopal Ordination. May our Lady watch over all, and bring us much joy in her Son. May God bless you.


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