READINGS for 2006-12-03
1st Sunday of Advent
?stand erect and raise your heads...? ? Luke 21:28
P S A L M
G O S P E L
God?s special verse/thought for me today________________
Thank You Lord for: ____________________________________
READ THE BIBLE IN ONE YEAR 1Corinthians 9-11
My weekly time with God
THANK YOU LIST
Things to be grateful for from the past week
Things to ask God for in the coming week
Most important word God told me this week
GETTING TO KNOW THE SAINTS
Of the birth and background of St. Gertrude there is no record. When she was five she was given to the nuns of the monastery at Helfta in Saxony, and within the walls of that enclosure she remained for the rest of her life. This monastery was one of the great religious communities of its time, distinguished by women of great learning as well as a number of famous mystics. One of them, St. Mechthild (d. 1295), was put in charge of the girl and oversaw her education and upbringing. Their relationship remained particularly intimate. When she came of age Gertrude was professed as a nun. The religious life was all she had ever known. Nevertheless she truly owned her vocation only at the age of 25. The turning point came one evening in the form of a young man. He spoke to her and said, ?Fear not. I will save and deliver you.? The figure was bathed in a dazzling light which emanated from his five wounds. He went on to say, ?You have licked the dust with my enemies and sucked honey from their thorns. Now come back to me, and my divine delights shall be was wine to you.? For the rest of her life Gertrude enjoyed frequent mystical revelations, often couched in dialogues with Christ, her Beloved Spouse. Believing these revelations were not for her own sake alone she forced herself to record them in a book, The Herald of Divine Love, a work combining great theological sophistication with mystical ardor. Nearly all the themes of Catholic theology are treated in her book, though the principal theme is god?s love for his creatures. Gertrude had a special devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the point where human and divine love are most intimately joined.
WAITING IS LOVING
In life, we always wait. In life, we all wait. We wait for the wedding of a couple, the birth of a baby, the first steps of a child, the call of a loved one, the return of a traveler, the visit of a relative, the letter of a friend, the healing of a wound, the recovery of the sick, the harvest of our labors, etc. In life, we wait almost anywhere. We wait for a ride in a bus station, for a flight in an airport, for the bill in a restaurant, for exams in school, for a Mass in a church, etc.
St. Francis Xavier, confessor, pray for us.
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