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31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Twenty

18 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

20th Day: THE MOTHER OF OUR KING

IMM CONCEPT LitaniesThere are very few great and illustrious men whose greatness is not in some way derived from, or connected with, the great and noble qualities of their mothers. Let us see how far this is the case with Jesus Christ our King.

The Mother of our King was the only human being who never once swerved by one hair’s breadth from the will of God. Of all the millions who have trod the earth, she alone was entirely exempt from sin; she only earned to the full the blessing pronounced by her Son–“Whoever will do the will of God, the same is My father and sister and mother.” This was the reason why our King chose her as His abode when He came down to dwell on earth. Oh, that I were sinless, like Mary! but as this cannot be, I will ask her, in honor of her Divine Son, that all my sins may be washed away, and also, that I may henceforward always carry out what I know to be the will of God.

Ihe Mother of our King was the only woman who bore a son and yet remained a pure virgin, her childbearing consecrating, not impairing her virginity. This, miracle as it was, was but the natural result of her being the Mother of God. O unspotted and immaculate Mother, obtain for me that thy Son may pour into my heart a greater purity, that my heart may be less unworthy of the presence of Him who loved to dwell in thy spotless womb!

Jesus derived from Mary His Sacred Body; His flesh was formed of Mary’s flesh. And in return she derived from Him that splendor of grace and holiness that raised her body and soul to the height of Heaven.


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Nineteen

17 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

19th Day: THE CONDESCENSION OF OUR KING

advent wordsCondescension is the stooping from a higher position, in order to place ourselves on a level with those whose position is a lower one than our own. The good teacher stoops to the level of a learner, in order to become intelligible to him; the prince who loves his people stoops to kindly and familiar intercourse, or comes down from his own level to that of others. What shall we say, then, of the condescension of our King, who was God, co-equal with the Father, when He stooped to our low estate, and came to dwell among those whom He had made out of the dust of the earth? How can we ever appreciate as we ought this debasement of Himself for our sakes?

If our King had for one moment taken the form of one of the archangels, or had appeared for an instant among us clad in a human form of majesty, such a condescension on the part of the Infinite God would have had an infinite value. It would have been an infinite debasement of His glory and dignity. What, then, was the Divine condescension that led Him to hide Himself in the womb of one of His own creatures, to appear as a helpless babe, to grow up as if an ordinary human being, to appear among men as the inferior and the servant of others, and to mix with the sinful worms of earth as His friends and brethren!

But all this did not satisfy Him. He must needs prepare for Himself not merely a humble life, but one of rejection, and insult, and outrage. He desired to stoop as low as He possibly could, to submit to be trampled on, spat upon, and even put to a slave’s death. How strange, with such an example before me, that I should be so unwilling to stoop! It is because I am misled by my pride, and do not see in what true dignity consists.

31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas Day Sixteen

14 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

16th Day: OUR KING’S TRIBUNAL

bvm 16One day all the servants of the King will appear before Him to receive the sentence of reward or punishment that they have deserved. None can escape the summons before that tribunal. There we shall stand with a perfectly vivid recollection of all our deeds, whether good or bad, and each will receive from the hands of our King his just recompense. Then there will be no hiding of any of our faults, no making of excuses, no petitioning for mercy. Our King, who is now our merciful and indulgent Friend, will then be our just and severe Judge. What reason I have to dread the day, which must come sooner or later, and how soon, I do not know.

This day may come upon me very suddenly. I may go to sleep in peace some night, and ere day breaks, find myself standing before the King’s tribunal. Even if I have some forewarning, how unlikely it is that I shall then have the same opportunities of preparing for it that I have now! Then I shall be feeble, and perhaps in severe pain, scarce able to reflect on anything. How foolish to put off until then my preparation for that dread account.

The sentence passed will be a final one. I must not forget that. No further opportunity of making amends, or expressing sorrow for the past, or of humbling ourselves for our manifold offenses and sins. We shall then see in our King, either one who will look upon us with looks of love, and with whom we shall dwell in happiness unspeakable through eternity; or else we shall shrink away in an agony of terror from our Judge.

Source: Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Fifteen

13 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

15th Day: ADVANTAGES OF THE KING’S SERVICE

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We are all bound to serve our King and fight against His enemies, but this obligation we are too prone to forget, and our King therefore has issued an appeal to all who recognize His sovereignty, and has called upon them to come and fight with Him. The object of His campaign is to drive back the host of enemies who are seeking to rob Him of His sovereignty, and to corrupt and destroy His subjects, and to bring destruction on all who are fighting in His cause. The campaign may be a long one, but our King can absolutely promise ultimate victory to every one who will serve Him faithfully. Who would not be anxious to serve a King who could make such a promise as this?

SourceL Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals


But our King does far more than this. He offers to share with His soldiers all the hardships of the campaign, all the sufferings, all the weariness, all the physical exhaustion and all the mental anxiety and pain. He does more; He offers to undergo (and has actually undergone) all these hardships and sufferings in a far worse form and a far more acute degree than that which will be imposed on any of His soldiers. He further promises that in every danger and suffering He will be at their side to help and comfort them, and enable them to be victorious in every struggle.

He also promises that His faithful soldiers, one and all, shall share in all the fruits of the victory. His glory will be their glory. His joy their joy. His happiness their happiness. They shall come and join with Him in His triumph, and shall dwell with Him forever. What shall we say of one who does not accept such an offer as this, or who is careless and disloyal in such a service?

31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Fourteen

12 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

14th Day: ADVANTAGES OF THE KING’S SERVICE

sat 2nd weekMany servants of the King, though not actually rebels against Him, are nevertheless disloyal in little things. They neglect the regulations of the service, they disobey Him in points of detail, they neglect His interests for their own enjoyment or supposed advantage, human respect prevents them from being thorough in the King’s service; idleness makes them negligent of their duty. They let their arms get dull and blunted; they are not on their watch against the foe, and so are liable to be overcome by him. Is not this my case in the spiritual service of Jesus Christ?

These acts of disloyalty, which do not amount to actual revolt, but yet involve some degree of contempt for our King, and of ingratitude to Him, are what we call venial sins. They are an evil greater than any other evil in the universe, save actual rebellion. They gradually weaken our love and devotion to Him and prepare the way for open disaffection. They deprive us of many a favor and many a grace that we should otherwise have received; they impair our power of resisting the foes who attack us; they destroy our happiness and our peace of mind. Am I conscious of any that I willfully commit?

What is the punishment of these acts of disloyalty? Unless they are repented of and atoned for, they will involve a long and dreadful time of suffering when life is over. In darkness, and in bitter sorrow, and in desolation, and in agonizing pain, we shall lament over and expiate the little venial sins that undermined our love of our King in this life, and will condemn us to long imprisonment in the cleansing fires before we can see God’s face in Heaven.

Source: Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Thirteen

11 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

13th Day: ADVANTAGES OF THE KING’S SERVICE

We are bound to serve our King, because He has every claim on us. He is our God, our Creator, our Saviour, our rightful Monarch. But is it to our interest to serve Him?

His service is a happy service. We never can be solidly or permanently happy unless we enroll ourselves to it. To serve any other master is slavery, and cannot satisfy the cravings of our heart. In the service of our King is the most perfect liberty that is within the reach of mortal man. If we make the will of our King our own will, we shall al- ways be able to do our own will by doing His. Our higher and rational will will never be thwarted, and we cannot fail to be happy all our life long.

pathHis service is one in which we are always safe. No one can harm us. Our King engages to supply us with weapons and armor, which if we employ we shall be perfectly safe from the hands of our foes. If ever we are wounded or slain, it is entirely our own fault. It is because we do not use our arms, or because we neglect His orders or advice. Dangers we shall have to pass through; suffering we shall have to endure, but no real injury; nay, what is the most difficult and painful will be the means of the most brilliant success.

When the victory is won, we shall have a most magnificent reward. We shall have a share in the glory and in the happiness of our King Himself. He will invite us to a celestial banquet of endless delights, of which we shall never grow weary; we shall bask in the joy of His love, and in the exquisite happiness of being always with Him, and with His angels and saints, and of gazing forever on His Divine beauty. How is it, then, that I am so slack in His service?

Source: Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals


31 Meditations for #Advent and #Christmas 8th Day: HIS SOLDIERS’ ARMOR

5 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

8th Day: HIS SOLDIERS’ ARMOR

To the soldiers of our King the shield of Faith is indispensable. Without Faith it is impossible to please God, and without Faith no one can be a true soldier of Jesus Christ. It is the Faith of the Christian that overcomes the world and puts the devil to flight. The Faith of the martyrs won them their crown; the Faith of confessors enabled them to work miracles; it is this Faith which is dear to every true Catholic beyond all else. And this Faith must be a living Faith, if it is to avail us against the foe. It must be actuated by charity; it must comprise firm confidence in God and dependence on Him. With such a Faith we are secure against all the assaults of the King’s enemies.

christian soldierThe Christian soldier must also have the sword of the Spirit, which is the “Word of God,” and which consists in obedience to all those holy inspirations that God puts into our minds, and all the holy lessons that we learn from Holy Scripture, the sermons we hear, the pious books we read, and the example of others. These holy inspirations are chiefly gained in prayer, and without prayer we shall never be safe. Without prayer we never shall be able to put the devil to flight, and to withstand the seductive influence of the world, and the temptations of the flesh.

The Christian soldier must also be clothed with the breastplates of justice. Justice is the virtue which makes us give to each his due, and primarily which makes us give God His due. To God we owe everything we have; nothing is really our own. Yet how grudging we are in giving to God His due in our worship, in our alms, in our remembrance of Him, and our dependence upon Him.

Source: CatholicHarborofFaithandMorals.com


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas : Day Five

1 December 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

5th Day: THE NATURE OF HIS KINGDOM

bandw adventThe Kingdom of our King is no earthly Kingdom. This was. the mistake made by Herod; he thought the new-born King was come to wrest from him his scepter as King of Judaea. Our Lord Himself expressly declared: “My Kingdom is not of this world.” All worldly ambition is therefore not only out of place in the Kingdom of Jesus Christ, but is directly at variance with its spirit. Do not I too often set my heart on earthly things, and make them the objects of my ambition, instead of those things that belong to the Kingdom of my King and will find favor with Him?

The Kingdom of our King is a Heavenly Kingdom. He Himself speaks of it as the Kingdom of Heaven. He brought it down with Him from Heaven to earth, in order to found it among men. It was founded on earth, in order to provide fresh members for it, as it exists and will exist to all eternity, in Heaven. All those who belong to it must have their hearts set on Heaven. They must seek those things that are above. They must do their best to conform themselves to the Kingdom of Christ as it exists in Heaven. My God! grant that I may be one of the loyal members of Thy Kingdom on earth, that so I may deserve to be joined to its happy company in Heaven.

The Kingdom of Jesus Christ is the Kingdom of truth. He tells us that the object of His coming into the world was to give testimony to the truth. The Kingdom of our King must be the home of perfect truth. No lie can enter into it; no error can be incorporated with its teaching. He who loves the truth is attracted towards the true Catholic Church; he who hates it hates also the Church of Christ.


31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas: Day Two

28 November 2016

“The King Who is to come; O come let us adore Him.”

2nd Day: OUR KING’S CLAIM TO SOVEREIGNTY

infant kingJesus Christ, as God, has an absolute right to our unfailing and universal obedience. He is King of Kings and Lord of Lords, and every created being in Heaven and on earth is bound to carry out His Divine will in all things. We owe Him homage and adoration as the continual and unceasing tribute to which He has a right by virtue of His supreme Majesty. He is the Lord our God, and we are His servants. His handmaidens, the sheep of His pasture. Rejoice in being subject to such a King, adore His Majesty, and fall down at His feet and promise Him obedience in every detail of your life.

Jesus Christ has also an unlimited claim on us as our Creator. “By Him all things were made.” Now creation gives the most perfect title to ownership that exists; nothing is so completely ours as that which we in some sense create. Hence we belong entirely to our King. We are His absolute property and possession. We have no rights of our own in opposition to His. His rights over us, over all that we call ours, over our body and our soul, are all-embracing. We shall therefore, if we are wise, put ourselves and all our faculties, especially our will, to Him to do with us as He pleases.

Jesus Christ is also our King as being the heir of the Eternal Father. God has appointed Him, says St. Paul (Heb. i. 2), heir of all things. He has the right of inheritance, Man though he is, to all the glory and all the dominion of the Eternal Father. He entered on His inheritance when He trampled on sin and on death. No wonder, then, that St. Paul says: “All things are ours; and we are Christ’s and Christ is God’s.” We inherit God’s good things as subjects of Christ our King.


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