ADVENT, 2nd week

POEM; So lately sprung from glory,
a shepherd seeks His sheep
Across a desert country
Through lonely rocks and steep.
A rumor fills the valleys;
Glad tidings sweep the plain;
Good news comes from the mountains:
God’s Christ has come to reign.

How beautiful His footsteps
Upon the mountainside.
The King comes for His kingdom,
The Bridegroom for His bride.
How radiant His aspect!
How steady is His gaze!
How silent all rebellion!
How loud the angels’ praise!

from: MAAGNIFICAT

PRAYER: GOD OUR FATHER, you sent your Son to lead us in the way of life. As we look forward to his coming in glory, renew our desire to follow in his footsteps, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen

ADVENT

CHRISTMAS IS ALMOST HERE AND WE MUST GET READY. IF WE KNEW JESUS WAS COMING TO OUR HOUSE TO VISIT ON CHRISTMAS EVE, WHAT WOULD WE DO DIFFERENT?
ADVENT. THIS IS A WAY TO PREPARE OUR SOULS FOR JESUS BIRTH, WHAT CAN WE DO DIFFERENT DURING THE NEXT 4 WEEKS. PRAY? BE MORE FORGIVING? GENEROUS? KIND? Just asking, it is up to all of you to decide for yourselves, how to get ready.

1. SUNDAY, NOV. 30 was the 1st Sunday of Advent.
2. SUNDAY, DEC. 2 was the 2nd Sunday.
At a certain point in life, the profound desires and cravings of our heart reach a point of eruption in us. Yet at the same time comes the awareness that we cannot bring about what we want-we do not have inside us what is needed to fulfill and satisfy our longings. And so, with our infinite yearnings we turn to the Infinite and cry, “Oh, that you would rend the heavens and come down.” Our experience of helplessness before the fact of our boundless human need moves us to ask for fellowship with God’s Son, Jesus Christ the Lord. The nature of our desire assures us as we enter into ADVENT that we are not lacking in any spiritual gift as we wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. “The Lord of the house is coming.” “Be watchful! Be alert!” (Magnificat.)

Read the CANTICLE OF TOBIT 13:1-6
PRAYER: Lord Jesus Christ, you are with us always, even to the end of the world, yet we do not always know your presence. Free us from whatever hinders you from taking full possession of our inner house and our outer world by the power of your Spirit, you who live and reign for ever and ever. Amen

CONNIE’S MEMORIES-CHRISTMAS TREE

Hi all, just a quick memory. My son just showed a few photos of he and his family going to cut their own Christmas tree down on a Christmas tree farm. I think it cost them $67. which I guess is a good price where they live. Not sure how much it cost now in this little corner of Maine, but they were on sale at Walmart for $15 and $20. all wrapped and ready to go and they were beautiful, but that’s not cutting it down either.
Anyhow, my memories of Christmas always include cutting down the Christmas tree and we did it every year of my 18 years at home. I don’t know who owned the woods at the end of my street and field, but the Christmas trees were free for the cutting and everyone in our neighborhood cut theirs down in those woods which went on for 100’s of miles.
Always on a Sunday afternoon, because my father worked the other 6 days, we started out right after dinner. In the beginning my mother went also. She really liked the outdoors, so it would be my father, mother, myself and my brother who is 2 years younger. WE would search until we found the perfect tree, and my father cut it down and we all helped pull it home which was a mile or two down the road. My father would put it in the shed until the week before Christmas, when he trimmed it and put it up. Then we all decorated the tree. Some years the tree did not look quite as good once we got it in the house as it did in the woods, but once decorated, you know it looked beautiful.
MEMORIES: I think the important thing about this memory is family. Once, my sister was born and then my younger brothers, things changed and my mother had to stay home many of the years. But when she did, it was always fun to arrive home and show off our BEAUTIFUL but imperfect tree. I do have photos somewhere of some of those beautiful trees.
The biggest thing of all this was being part of a family with parents that loved me. I knew they loved me because they made time for me. My father and mother certainly had other things to do besides spending the afternoon walking 2 miles out, spending time looking for the perfect tree, and dragging it back home another 2 miles, sometimes in the dark. And can you imagine what it was like when we were small? Probably carrying us also. Lots of time there was snow, and one of them could haul us on a sled, but what a job that must of been, but we had fun. Thank you Mom and Dad, for the wonderful memories.

GOD MADE FAMILIES FOR A REASON. IT MADE US FEEL LOVED AND IMPORTANT. WE BELONGED. PARENTS, MAKE MEMORIES WITH YOUR CHILDREN, IT CAN EFFECT THEIR ENTIRE LIVES.