12.12.13 ~ Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

Meds

Rev 12:1, 10

And now, in heaven, a great portent appeared; a woman that wore the sun for her mantle, with the moon under her feet, and a crown of twelve stars about her head…. Then I heard a voice crying aloud in heaven, The time has come; now we are saved and made strong, our God reigns, and power belongs to Christ, his anointed; the accuser of our brethren is overthrown.

Lk: 26 – 38

When the sixth month came, God sent the angel Gabriel to a city of Galilee called Nazareth, where a virgin dwelt, betrothed to a man of David’s lineage; his name was Joseph, and the virgin’s name was Mary. Into her presence the angel came, and said, Hail, thou who art full of grace; the Lord is with thee; blessed art thou among women. She was much perplexed at hearing him speak so, and cast about in her mind, what she was to make of such a greeting. Then the angel said to her, Mary, do not be afraid; thou hast found favour in the sight of God. And behold, thou shalt conceive in thy womb, and shalt bear a son, and shalt call him Jesus. He shall be great, and men will know him for the Son of the most High; the Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he shall reign over the house of Jacob eternally; his kingdom shall never have an end. But Mary said to the angel, How can that be, since I have no knowledge of man? And the angel answered her, The Holy Spirit will come upon thee, and the power of the most High will overshadow thee. Thus this holy offspring of thine shall be known for the Son of God. See, moreover, how it fares with thy cousin Elizabeth; she is old, yet she too has conceived a son; she who was reproached with barrenness is now in her sixth month, to prove that nothing can be impossible with God. And Mary said, Behold the handmaid of the Lord; let it be unto me according to thy word. And with that the angel left her.

In Conversation with God:

… useless desires, consolations and pleasures… until they leave these in order to seek Him, they will not find Him however much they cry to Him…

Fight continuously in the apparently unimportant things… fulfil your duty punctually; smile at whoever needs cheering up, even though there is sorrow in your soul; devote the necessary time to prayer, without haggling; go to the help of anyone who looks for you; practise justice and go beyond it with the grace of charity…

The devil sleepeth not, neither is the flesh as yet dead; therefore cease not to prepare thyself for the battle, for on thy right hand and on thy left are enemies who never rest…

In the natural sphere, kindliness is usually the result of prolonged patience, of an effort repeated over and over again and constantly improved, The scientist goes back over his calculations and renews his experiments by modifying them until he has found the object of his research. The writer shapes and reshapes his sentence twenty times. The sculptor breaks one rough model after another, as long as he cannot express his interior vision … All human ‘creations’ are the result of unwearied new beginnings…

On the way that leads to God to sleep is to die...

When a soldier in a battle is wounded or has to give ground a little, no one is so demanding or so ignorant of military matters as to think that this is a crime. Only those who do not fight are never wounded; those who charge the enemy with the greatest spirit are the ones who receive the most blows…

Weakness must expect to be weak, feebleness to be feeble and misery to be miserable. Nevertheless, detest the offence against God with all your heart; then, with great courage and confidence in his mercy, go forward on the path of virtue which you had forsaken. 

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… let it all out, get it all out, rip it out, remove it, don’t be alarmed when the wound begins to bleed, ’cause we’re so scared to find out what this life’s all about, so scared we’re gonna lose it and knowing all along that’s exactly what we need, so today i’ll trust you with a confidence of a man who’s never known defeat, but tomorrow, upon hearing what i did, i will stare at you in disbelief, oh inconsistent me crying out for consistency… and i’ll let it be know that at times i have shown signs of all my weakness, but somewhere in me there is strength, you promised me that you believe in time i will defeat this, that somewhere in me there is strength, so today i’ll trust you with a confidence of a man who’s never known defeat and i try my best to just forget that that man isn’t me…  you said i know that this will hurt, but if i don’t break your heart, things will just get worse, if the burden seems too much to bear, remember, the end will justify the pain it took to get us there… reach out to me, make my heart brand new, every beat will be for you… and i know you know you touched my life when you touched my heavy heart and made it light…

ToB #118 ~ Faithfulness to the Divine Plan in the Transmission of Life

… Humanae Vitae clearly distinguishes between a morally illicit method of birth regulation or, more precisely, of the regulation of fertility, and one that is morally correct.

In the first place “the direct interruption of the generative process already begun [abortion]…is morally wrong” (HV 14), likewise “direct sterilization” and “any action, which either before, at the moment of, or after sexual intercourse, is specifically intended to prevent procreation” (HV 14)—therefore, all contraceptive means. It is however morally lawful to have “recourse to the infertile periods” (HV 16): “If therefore there are reasonable grounds for spacing births, arising from the physical or psychological conditions of husband or wife, or from external circumstances, the Church teaches that then married people may take advantage of the natural cycles immanent in the reproductive system and use their marriage at precisely those times that are infertile, and in this way control birth without offending moral principles…” (HV 16).

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