"As Christmas approaches, the Church invites us to bear witness that Jesus is not a person of the past; He is the Word of God who today continues to illuminate the journey of humankind; His actions – the Sacraments – are the manifestation of the tenderness, of the consolation, and of the love of the Father for every human being.” Papal event 2014.
Reflections in third week of Advent
"Each morning this week, in that brief moment we are becoming accustomed to, we want to light a third inner candle. Three candles, going from expectation, to longing, to joy...
Perhaps we can pause, breathe deeply and say:
'My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord, my spirit rejoices in God my savior'.”
"Each night this week we want to pause in gratitude..." more
Meditations for Sunday, Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday
Week Four of Advent
"Rejoice! Today is Gaudete Sunday – which means Rejoice Sunday!
It is called Rejoice Sunday because the word is repeated many times today".
"Gaudete Sunday is further marked by a new invitatory, the Church no longer inviting the faithful to adore merely 'The Lord who is to come', but calling upon them to worship and hail with joy 'The Lord who is now nigh and close at hand'".
On Gaudete Sunday, Pope John Paul II began a tradition called Bambinelli Sunday
"An established tradition in the Diocese of Rome, for over 30 years, the Sunday of Joy, on the third Sunday of Advent, thousands of children gather in front of the Holy Father in Rome for BLESSING OF Bambinelli, the statuettes of the Child Jesus that kids present and then will put in the cribs of their homes. Since the nineties, the Centre Speakers Romans has organized this event which saw over time a growing number of children involved and their families. And 'our desire that this initiative will spread increasingly in parishes, to help children prepare for Jesus who was born somewhere in their homes, but above all in their hearts and that they discover, through this simple sign, a sense of expectation." ~Centro Oratori Romani
when you pray in front of your manger scene, also remember me as I remember you.”
“May the Virgin Mary help us to hasten our steps toward Bethlehem to meet the Child that is born for us, for the salvation and joy of all men".
“The joy of the gospel is not just any joy... it is the joy that comes from knowing you are welcomed and loved by God.”
And this joy "is also in evidence, even in suffering, because it is not superficial, but descends into the depths of the person who trusts in God and entrusts his or her self to Him. Christian joy, like hope, has its foundation in the faithfulness of God , knowing that He always keeps His promises." Papal address 2013.
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