Day By Day


JOURNAL POSTINGS Monday 11 December 2017, Advent Feria. These words from Isaiah form part of our first Mass reading: 'The wilderness and the dry land shall be glad, the desert shall rejoice and blossom; like the crocus it shall blossom abundantly, and rejoice with joy and singing. The glory of Lebanon shall be given to it, the majesty of Carmel and Sharon. They shall see the glory of the Lord, the majesty of our God. 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."' 'Fear not': these words are also the words of the angel to our blessed Lady at the Annunciation, and they are said to each one of us. A promise is attached: 'He will come and save you'. As we look forward to His coming this Christmas, let us place all our trust in Him. May God bless you.

10 December 2017, Second Sunday of Advent. The moon is shown here, shining over the lights of central Birmingham. This is the context of our Advent journey. We may recall that of our Lady, as she journeyed with S Joseph from Nazareth to give birth to the Son of God. May she pray for us, and watch over all our Advent journeys in love and in peace. May God bless you this day.

Saturday 9 December 2017, Advent Feria. It is also the feast day of Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin to whom on this day in 1531 our blessed Lady appeared on the hill of Tepeyac in Mexico, of which more next week. Despite many trials, he remained faithful to our Lady. She said to him: 'Am I not here, I, who am your Mother? Are you not under my shadow and protection? Am I not the source of your joy? Are you not in the hollow of my mantle, in the crossing of my arms? Do you need anything more? Let nothing else worry you or disturb you'. These words we can make our own, for they apply in all seasons and circumstances. May S Juan Diego pray for us all, and may God bless you this day.


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