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Entering Advent 2005....

Sunday, November 27, 2005
Praised be Jesus Christ!! Now and Forever!!
We begin the Holy season of Advent today and prepare ourselves for the coming of Our Lord Jesus Christ. Advent is a wonderful season of preparation and waiting for Christmas it should also be a time of preparation and waiting for the coming of Christ Our Lord gloriously in the second coming. I think, it is too easy even as faithful followers of Christ to think of Our Lord's first coming only and not think of the day that He will gloriously come again as our Eternal Judge and Savior. Advent is a time of waiting and preparation and Christmas is a time of celebration and gift giving. I suggest that we begin today on this first Sunday of Advent to give a very valuable gift to Our Merciful God. I suggest that we begin today in earnest to commit ourselves to extra time in prayer, a few extra prayerful penances, more time in Adoration of Our Lord -a few extra hours per week or even daily Holy Hour- and as possible to attend Daily Mass as a gift to God. I suggest that as our Christmas gift to our Merciful and Loving God that we receive the Holy Sacraments more frequently especially reconciliation (confession) so that we can present our souls anew to God. If we can spend hours and days shopping and going to Christmas parties we can certainly take a little extra time during this Holy Season to remember the real purpose of Christmas and offer our little gifts of time and prayer to God.
I can assure you that God will reward your efforts to get to know Him better in untold ways. Increased fervency, increased faith, hope and love -what a better way to enter into the true meaning and true spirit of Christmas with that. Come, Oh Come Emanuel may we all adore You -Christ Jesus Our Lord and King.
Omnia Pro Iesu Per Mariam!!

"We do not preach only one coming of Christ, but a second as well, much more glorious than the first. The first coming was marked by patience; the second will bring the crown of a divine kingdom.
In general, whatever relates to our Lord Jesus Christ has two aspects. There is a birth from God before the ages, and a birth from a virgin at the fullness of time. There is a hidden coming, like that of rain on fleece, and a coming before all eyes, still in the future.
At the first coming he was wrapped in swaddling clothes in a manger. At his second coming he will be clothed in light as in a garment. In the first coming he endured the cross, despising the shame; in the second coming he will be in glory, escorted by an army of angels.
We look then beyond the first coming and await the second. At the first coming we said: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord. At the second we shall say it again; we shall go out with the angels to meet the Lord and cry out in adoration: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
The Saviour will not come to be judged again, but to judge those by whom he was judged. At his own judgement he was silent; then he will address those who committed the outrages against him when they crucified him and will remind them: You did these things, and I was silent.
His first coming was to fulfil his plan of love, to teach men by gentle persuasion. This time, whether men like it or not, they will be subjects of his kingdom by necessity.
The prophet Malachi speaks of the two comings. And the Lord whom you seek will come suddenly to his temple: that is one coming.
Again he says of another coming: Look, the Lord almighty will come, and who will endure the day of his entry, or who will stand in his sight? Because he comes like a refiner's fire, a fuller's herb, and he will sit refining and cleansing.
These two comings are also referred to by Paul in writing to Titus: The grace of God the Saviour has appeared to all men, instructing us to put aside impiety and worldly desires and live temperately, uprightly, and religiously in this present age, waiting for the joyful hope, the appearance of the glory of our great God and Saviour, Jesus Christ. Notice how he speaks of a first coming for which he gives thanks, and a second, the one we still await.
That is why the faith we profess has been handed on to you in these words: He ascended into heaven, and is seated at the right hand of the Father, and he will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end.
Our Lord Jesus Christ will therefore come from heaven. He will come at the end of the world, in glory, at the last day. For there will be an end to this world, and the created world will be made new." + St. Cyril of Jersusalem, Doctor and Father of the Church circa 315-386 A.D.
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