Meditation for Advent

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  •     "You shall find the Infant laid in a manger." - St. Luke 2: 16 The Holy Church, in contemplating this great mystery and prodigy of a God being born in a stable, exclaims, full of admiration, "O great mystery! O wonderful sacrament! For animals to behold the Lord lying in a manger." [...]
  • Quæ utilitas in sanguine meo, dum descendo in corruptionem? "What profit is there in My Blood, whilst I go down to corruption?"-----Ps. 29:10   Jesus Christ revealed to the Venerable Agatha of the Cross that whilst He was in his Mother's womb, that which afflicted Him more than any other sorrow wa[...]
  •   Baptismo haoeo baptizari; et quomodo coarctor usque dum perficiatur! "I have a Baptism wherewith I am to be Baptized: and how am I straitened until it be accomplished!-----St. Luke 12:50    Consider that Jesus suffered, even from the first moment of His life, and all for the love of us. Du[...]
  • Dolor meus in conspectu meo semper. "My sorrow is continually before me."-----Ps.  38:18    Consider that all the sufferings and ignominy that Jesus endured in His life and death, all were present to Him from the first moment of His life: My sorrow is continually before Me;and even from His chil[...]
  • lnquitates eorum ipse portabit. "He bore their iniquities."-----lsaiah 53:11   Consider that the Divine Word, in becoming man, chose not only to take the form of a sinner, but also to bear all the sins of men, and to satisfy for them as if they were His Own: He bore their iniquities. Father Corn[...]
  • Virum dolorum et scientem infirmitatem. "A man of sorrows, acquainted with infirmity."-----Isaiah 53:3 Thus does the prophet Isaias designate our Lord Jesus Christ "the man of sorrows;" yes, because this man was created on purpose to suffer, and from His infancy began to endure the greatest sorrow[...]
  • Creavit Dominus novum super terram “The Lord hath created a new thing upon the earth” –Jer.xxxi.22.   Before the coming of the Messias the world was buried in a dark night of ignorance and sins. The true God was hardly known, save in one single corner of the earth, that is to say, in Judea[...]
  •   Formam servi accipiens.   “Taking the form of a servant,”—Phil. ii.7. The eternal Word descends on earth to save man; and whence does he descend? His going out is from the end of heaven. (Ps. xviii.7.) He descends from the bosom of His Divine Father, where from eternity he was begotten in the [...]
  •   Ubi venit plenitudo temporis misit Deus Filium suum.   “When the fullness of time was come, God sent His Son.”- Gal. iv.4 Consider that God allowed four thousand years to pass, after the transgression of Adam, before He sent His Son upon earth to redeem the world. And in the mean time, oh, w[...]
  • The Love of God for Men Sic Deus dilexit mundum, ut Filium suum unigenitum daret.   “God so loved the world as to give His only-begotten Son”-St. John iii:16.        Consider that the eternal Father, in giving us His Son for a Redeemer, for victim and price of our ransom could not have given[...]
  •       Et verbum caro factum est.   “And the Word was made flesh”- St. John, i. 14.   Our Lord sent St. Augustine to write upon the heart of St. Mary Magdalene of Pazzi the words, And the Word was made flesh. Oh, let us also pray the Lord to enlighten our minds, and to mak[...]
  •        Goodness of God in the Work of the Redemption   "Et incarnatus est de Spiritu Sancto… Et homo factus est."  " And was incarnate of the Holy Ghost, and was made man."-Symbol. Const. Consider that God, having created the first man, in order that he might serve Him and love Him i[...]