RECEIVE THE GIFT OF HOPE

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GOOD ADVENT SUNDAY AFFIRMATION

“The Lord will come and not be slow

Truth from the earth, like to a flower look down on mortal men

This wicked earth redress, for you are he who shall by right the nations all possess,

Shall come to bow low before you, Lord, and glorify your name.”

–Hymn by John Milton

My joy today is to greet you with ardent Hope on this first Sunday of Advent.  May we watch together for Christ’s coming in every heart.

THE ‘FAITHFUL DEPARTED’

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POETRY

“The Seasons Are Signs of a Greater Change

“Blossoms are born to lace and leave,

making way for strong greens

that give shade of themselves once again.

How long the days, and then

that first chill of breeze

and gold brushing the trees.

Even the proudest branch bends, bends

and must let go its yellow and reds.

We sigh in the crackling fall,

knowing death takes it all!

But was life made for this?

Winter bends as earth has its place,

where sun kisses the leaves and the lace.

And, yes, even the seasons at long last

will give way to a spring that won’t pass.”

Paul Mariani and Rita A. Simmonds

What a beautiful expression for all of us becoming holy souls.  And as for the ‘faithful departed:’

“Let us pray for them who are being purified by the Love of God that tempers the Justice of God.  Purgatory is not a time of pain, but a space of hope to be totally purified to be with God in heaven.”

–Father Michael Payyapilly

MAKING EXTRA SPECIAL

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING

Apron at my waist, making the final preparations for dinner, I love to cook!

“Only for today, I will devote ten minutes of my time to some good reading, remembering that just as food is necessary to the life of the body, so good reading is necessary to the life of the soul.”

–The Decalogue, Pope John XXIII

Here’s sending you an affectionate hug today.

 

THEY HAVE BECOME OUR ANGELS

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AFFIRMATION

It is good to remember the dead.  O strong sting of death mourning those last breaths, our family and friends have now become our benefactors.  The loss of them this year is so great, but our sorrows will flee in good measured time.

“For if we live, we live to the Lord, and if we die, we die to the Lord.  So then, whether we live or whether we die, we are the Lord’s.”

–Romans 14:8