Posted by: fvbcdm | December 2, 2011

Feast of Saint Lupus of Verona (2 Dec 2011)

This weekend begins with the first Friday of the new month of December and the holy season of Advent, so let us attempt to combine our devotion to the coming Savior, who is the most important figure of Advent, with our devotion to his Sacred Heart, which we specially honor and adore each first Friday. We might well contemplate the formation of the human body of Our Divine Lord within the womb of his holy mother, and think of his heart growing, developing, and beginning to beat with love for us in rhythm with the heart of his virgin mother. This meditation will increase our love for the heart of the infant Christ even before his birth, and help strengthen our conviction of the crime and tragedy of abortion. 

As we celebrated the Liturgy of the Hours this morning, I was struck by the words of Saint Anselm in the second reading in our Office of Readings for this Friday of the first week of Advent. Meditating upon the coming of Christ at Christmas, the great Benedictine abbot and archbishop of Canterbury has this to say: Take pity on our efforts and our striving toward You, for we have no strength apart from You. Teach me to seek You, and when I seek You, show Yourself to me, for I cannot seek You unless You teach me, nor can I find You unless You show Yourself to me. Let me seek You in desiring You and desire You in seeking you, find You in loving You and love You in finding You.

We remember the words of Jesus in the gospel: Seek and you shall find. Well, Saint Anselm is here composing a commentary on those words which can serve as a very valuable prayer for this holy season of Advent. As the magi followed the guidance of God by means of a star and and found Christ with Mary his mother, so God guides us through this season of Advent through our liturgy, our prayer, and our eagerness to celebrate the birth of Jesus. And let us be sure to keep in mind that this season and the great feast of Christmas to which it leads has to do with Our Divine Lord, his Virgin Mother, Saint Joseph the Just Man, the delighted shepherds, and the worshipping magi. Not Santa Claus, Rudolph the red-nosed reindeer, and Frosty the Snowman. And the appropriate way to spend Advent is by prayer, reading scripture, attending Mass, and receiving the Sacraments; not shopping and fretting over the high cost of the gifts we want to buy. Thank you for seeking God’s truth.  God bless you.  Father Victor Brown, O.P. 

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