Love is unreasonable

December 14, 2013

The non-Scriptural reading in the Office of Readings for Thursday of the Second Week of Advent is an excerpt from a sermon by St Peter Chrysologus (+450).  He briefly explains the manner in which God formed a relationship of love with Noah, Abraham, Jacob and Moses.  Then, reminiscent of St Paul’s teaching on love in 1 Corinthians 13, St Peter reveals some aspects of love which are worth our reflection:

…the law of love is not concerned with what will be, what ought to be, what can be.  Love does not reflect; it is unreasonable and knows no moderation.  Love refuses to be consoled when its goal proves impossible, despises all hindrances to the attainment of it’s object.  Love destroys the lover if he cannot obtain what he loves; love follows its own promptings, and does not think of right and wrong.  Love inflames desire which impels it toward things that are forbidden.


2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

December 11, 2013

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In a little more than five weeks the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity will begin.  This year’s prayer resources were developed by Canadians, as explained in this article and in this short video:

The theme for the 2014 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity is “Has Christ Been Divided?”  This is from 1 Corinthians 1:13.  A detailed presentation of the background and resources for prayer services has been published here by the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity.


December General Gathering

December 9, 2013

Here are the music and word gifts from our Community General Gathering on December 8th:

Music:

  • O Come O Come Emmanuel
  • Make Way
  • Exodus XV (I shall Prepare Him my heart)
  • Draw Me Closer
  • Glory
  • Forever Grateful

Luke 11:33-36  “One who lights a lamp does not put it in the cellar or under a bushel basket, but rather on a lamp stand, so that they who come in may see the light.  The eye is the lamp of your body.  When your eyesight is sound, your whole body is lighted up, but when your eyesight is bad, your body is in darkness.  If your whole body is lighted up and not partly in darkness it will be as fully illuminated as when a lamp shines brightly for you.”

“Love is the answer.  I have shared it with you and I want it to penetrate into you more.  Don’t seek other ways and other things.  Seek only my will.  Be filled more with my love.  Don’t be satisfied with being lamp stands, but be beacons of my overflowing light.”

II Corinthians 7:1  “Since we have these promises, beloved let us purify ourselves from every defilement of flesh and spirit, and in the fear of God strive to fulfill our consecration perfectly.”

Isaiah 49:1-6  “Hear me O coastlands, listen O distant peoples.  The Lord called me from birth, from my mother’s womb he gave me my name.  He made me a sharp edged sword and concealed me in the shadow of His arm.  He made me a polished arrow, in His quiver He hid me.  You are my servant He said to me, Israel, through whom I show my glory.  Though I thought I had toiled in vein, and for nothing, uselessly, spent my strength.  Yet my reward is with the Lord, my recompense is with my God.  For now the Lord has spoken who formed me as His servant from the womb, that Jacob may be brought back to Him and Israel gathered to Him; and I am made glorious in the sight of the Lord, and my God is now my strength!  It is too little He says for you to be my servant, to raise up the tribes of Jacob, and restore the survivors of Israel; I will make you a light to the nations, and that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth.”

Jeremiah 1:5-7  “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you.  Before you were born I dedicated you, a prophet to the nations I appointed you.  ‘Ah, Lord God,’ I said.  ‘I know not how to speak, I am too young.’  But the Lord answered me, ‘Say not I am too young.  To whomever I send you, you shall go; whatever I command you, you shall speak.”

Psalm 119:105   “Thy Word is a lamp unto my feet and a light unto my path.”

“Walk in glory as opposed to what may appear as walking with good plans.  My signs and wonders will make you glorious in the sight of the Lord.”

 

“Be part of the light.  Work in the light, work for the light.   Make truth your aim in all circumstances.  Recognize the source of darkness.   When darkness appears and you don’t know the source, such as fire or water or wind, gather together and prepare for danger, physical storm.  Simplify your lives.  Prepare for fight or flight.  Make ready your mind your heart and your body.  Think always of my ways, my inclinations, my effect for your lives and others.  You must be a strong light for the Church of Jesus.  Pray and work on your faults so nothing may hamper your beacon of light.” 

Closing song: “O Come Let Us Adore Him.”


Penance during Advent

December 2, 2013

We can deduce from Canon 1250 that Advent is not ‘officially’ a penitential season:

The penitential days and times in the universal Church are every Friday of the whole year and the season of Lent.

However, since we are sinners, it is appropriate for us to engage in works of penance as a part of our repentance and ongoing conversion.  In this 5-minute video, Dr Scott Hahn explains how penitential practices can help us better prepare to celebrate the coming of Jesus: