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Advent Week One: A Time of Preparation, A Time of Prayer, Part I

The following blog is being reposted from the teaching series that I gave previously.  I hope that you enjoy it!

Great events are marked by great preparation. A wedding, the coming of a new baby, graduations, special anniversaries, significant birthdays, and celebrations of all sorts are often months in the planning.

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The souls of the just

November 30
"God formed man to be imperishable;
the image of his own nature he made them.
But by the envy of the Devil, death entered the world,
and they who are in his possession experience it.
But the souls of the just are in the hand of God,
and no torment shall touch them.
They seemed, in the view of the foolish, to be dead;
and their passing away was thought an affliction
and their going forth from us, utter destruction.
But they are in peace.
For if before men, indeed, they be punished,
yet is their hope full of immortality;
Chastised a little, they shall be greatly blessed,
because God tried them
and found them worthy of himself.
As gold in the furnace, he proved them,
and as sacrificial offerings he took them to himself.
In the time of their visitation they shall shine,
and shall dart about as sparks through stubble;
They shall judge nations and rule over peoples,
and the Lord shall be their King forever.
Those who trust in him shall understand truth,
and the faithful shall abide with him in love:
Because grace and mercy are with his holy ones,
and his care is with his elect."
-1 Wisdom 2:23–3:9
For Reflection:
One of the most hopeful passages in scripture: "But the souls of the just are in the hand of God, and no torment shall touch them."
No matter the trials and reversals you may be currently experiencing or that may lie ahead, know that you are in the hands of God and no torment shall touch you.
  

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In Paradise

November 29
"Amen, I say to you, today you will be with me in Paradise."
-Luke 23:43
For Reflection:
Jesus Christ has conquered death. We, His followers, hold onto the hope that through our baptism and life of faith, we too will conquer death in the end.
  

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Look up to heaven

November 28
"I beseech you, my child, to look at the heaven and the earth and see everything that is in them, and recognize that God did not make them out of things that existed. Thus also mankind comes into being."
-2 Maccabees 7:28
For Reflection:
Look to heaven in temptation and trial and remember that God brought everything into being and keeps it so, including you.
  

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Mary’s Miraculous Medal ~ Crowning Jewel of Her Shrine

Side altar at Central Association of the Miraculous Medal Shrine in Germantown, PA

The world-renowned sacramental we call the Miraculous Medal has several connections that perhaps are not so well known – to the Vincentian Order for priests and brothers, to the Daughters of Charity religious Order for women, and to the city of Philadelphia. Exploring how these fit together hopefully will help us celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal on November 27th with a renewed understanding that will be pleasing to her.

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The Lord will wipe away every tear

November 27
"He will destroy death forever. The Lord God will wipe away
the tears from all faces."
-Isiah 25:8
For Reflection:
Like any good father, Our Heavenly Father knows us implicitly. He is aware of our every sorrow and pain. He embraces us in our need and wipes aware all of our tears. Do you think of God as your tender, loving Father? If not, ask Him to show you today how much He cares for you.
  

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Talent vs. energy

November 26
"Hell is full of the talented, but Heaven of the energetic."
-Saint Jeanne de Chantal
For Reflection:
What does this quote mean to you?
  

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Heaven or Hell

November 25
"A priest goes to Heaven or a priest goes to Hell with
a thousand people behind."
-Saint John Vianney
For Reflection:
A priest has numerous souls entrusted to his care. Let us pray for our priests today, that they may be holy men of God.
  

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Give an account

November 24
"So then each one of us will give an account of himself to God."
-Romans 14:12
For Reflection:
Do you ever think about that moment when you will stand before God for your final judgement?
  

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