Any time any one of us recites the Apostle’s Creed we assert (among so many other things) our belief in the Communion of Saints. As we progress along the path of discipleship, this belief of ours gradually expands beyond an acknowledgement, merely, of the existence of such a communion until it reaches the confident assurance that membership in this communion is our destiny, as it is God’s will for each and every one of us.
For this reason, we’re never wasting time when reflect upon the saints. After all, the development of a devotion to one particular saint, or to a number of saints, can only serve to intensify our desire to follow in the footsteps of the Master. Besides, the very purpose of communion is love and love can only be discovered in the midst of relationship.
Allow me to propose that a discussion of any saint, and certainly any discussion of today’s saint should both begin and end with love. Read More…
The teachings we refer to as “The Mysteries of the Church” are, at their core, revelations. God wants us to know Him as He is. Our joy is to know Him, and self-expression is His gift to us. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts, it’s not possible to fully grasp the gospel simply by taking time out to read the Bible by yourself. We can only come to know Jesus in the context of being a member of Christ’s Church.
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The Octave Day of Christmas
Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary,
the Mother of God
Hail, holy Queen enthroned above,
Hail, Queen of mercy and of love,
Our life, our sweetness, here below,
Our hope in sorrow and in woe, O Maria!
To thee we cry, poor sons of Eve,
To thee we sigh, we mourn, we grieve,
Turn then most gracious Advocate,
Toward us thine eyes compassionate, O Maria!
Triumph, all ye cherubim, Sing with us, ye seraphim,
Heaven and earth resound the hymn:
Salve, salve, salve Regina!