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The Demise of Mystical Theology

Love and Happiness

It has always been believed that happiness depends on love more than on anything else. The greater the love, the greater the happiness. Yet for some unaccountable reason it does not always occur to us that, like everything else that is worth achieving, loving must be learnt. Far from being an exception to the rule, learning to love is more difficult than anything else because human beings are insatiably selfish and learning to love means learning to be selfless.   read on....

December, the month for sharing.... Peace (Spanish) Diciembre: mes para compartir lo mejor... Paz.

Entramos en el mes de diciembre. Es el último mes del año. Diciembre tiene alegría de fiesta, de música navideña, de campanitas y cascabeles, regalos y vacaciones. Pero también es un mes que llega, para los que ya somos adultos, con un agridulce sabor no tanto en la boca como en el corazón. Es un mes familiar y de hogar, pero no siempre están todos en la famiia ni en el hogar. También es un mes en que los días se nos escapan como viento con prisa y aligerado. Empezamos a sentir como una inquietud, como una urgencia porque hay muchas cosas que hacer, por preparar, por adquirir : regalos y compras navideñas, algún detalle para la casa con motivos alusivos a esta festividad, tal vez un viaje, un encuentro …

Total que perdemos la calma y la tranquilidad. Malo es eso porque nos embarullamos y al final todo son prisas y apuros. Preparemos las cosas con tiempo y orden para que esto no nos suceda.

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From the Heart: Advent Prayers and Marian Art

I usually simply pray in my own words from my heart. However, the Catholic Church has a treasure trove of traditional written prayers which were never composed to rattle off by rote but written from the heart to inspire our hearts, especially when we are in a dry place when our own words have shrivelled.
I have gathered a few traditional Advent prayers to ignite a spark of prayer in all of us., connecting us to all those who have gone before us and all those who walk with us in the Mystical Body of Christ.

Embracing Temperance Over the Holidays

Now that the Thanksgiving holiday is over, odds are we are all up a pound, or two, or three… With all the holiday parties, it is so easy to overindulge; so easy to gain weight. Embracing temperance, this holiday season, can be a gift to ourselves and to Christ. When we refrain from that extra piece of pumpkin pie, the cookies, and the hot chocolate with whipped cream, we save on the calories. The “sacrifice” we make, by saying no to the goodies, can be offered up to Jesus, in thanksgiving for His sacrifice on the Cross. When we refrain from drinking too much, we prevent scandal to our reputations. The “sacrifice” we make, by saying no to the alcohol, can be offered up to Jesus in thanksgiving for His love for us. When we refrain from overspending on holiday gifts, we save money for those needed expenses. The “sacrifice” we make, by saying no to extravagance, can be offered up to Jesus, in thanksgiving for always providing what we need. Embracing temperance takes some practice The holi…

Fear Not!

Fr. Cedric Pisegna, a Passionist priest, posted the following prayer on Facebook recently. In the hustle and bustle of the Christmas season and perhaps as you live through the illness or death of loved ones, you might find the words helpful.
"Dear Lord, sometimes I feel like I am imprisoned by my fears. I fear the future, I fear the unknown, I fear failure, I fear embarrassment, I fear suffering, I fear loss, I fear death. Such fears have kept me from moving forward in many areas of my life. I pray that you can forgive me for this lack of faith. I know in my heart that no fear is greater than your love for me. I long for the inner peace and serenity of being free from my unnecessary anxiety about so many things. Teach me that even when I am fearful, I can still move forward. Let me have the courage to face my fears. Help me to live the life that you want for me, a life of peace."  Click to continue

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'There is nothing further for God to say.' Sunday Reflections, 2nd Sunday of Advent, Year C

Linaioli Tabernacle, St John the Baptist, Fra Angelico 
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Readings(New American Bible: Philippines, USA)
Readings(Jerusalem Bible: Australia, England & Wales, India [optional], Ireland, New Zealand, Pakistan, Scotland, South Africa)
GospelLuke 3:1-6 (New Revised Standard Version, Anglicised Catholic Edition)
In the fifteenth year of the reign of Emperor Tiberius, when Pontius Pilate was governor of Judea, and Herod was ruler of Galilee, and his brother Philip ruler of the region of Ituraea and Trachonitis, and Lysanias ruler of Abilene, during the high-priesthood of Annas and Caiaphas, the word of God came to John son of Zechariah in the wilderness. He went into all the region around the Jordan, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins, as it is written in the book of the words of the prophet Isaiah, ‘The voice of one crying out in the wilderness:
“Prepare the way of the Lord,
make his paths straight.    Every valley shall be filled, and every mount…

Do You Carry Christ's Love Within You?

Do you carry Christ’s love within you? Without thinking, many of us would most likely say, yes! I would like for you to think about this question more deeply before answering. Let me ask you a few questions to help you assess the correct answer: Do you love your neighbor unconditionally?When you think of the massive number of people walking up from Honduras and Guatemala, seeking refuge in safer lands, do you feel a sense of compassion for them? Do you understand their plight? Can you recognize them as your brothers and sisters in Christ?When someone sins against you, can you forgive that person? Is it in your heart to grant that person mercy?How well do you “know” your physical neighbors within your neighborhood or apartment complex? Do you generously give a helping hand, or a listening ear?So, now I ask you again…Read more...

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