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Wisdom sings her own praises,*
among her own people she proclaims her glory.

In the assembly of the Most High she opens her mouth,
in the presence of his host she tells of her glory:

“From the mouth of the Most High I came forth,a
and covered the earth like a mist.

In the heights of heaven I dwelt,
and my throne was in a pillar of cloud.

The vault of heaven I compassed alone,
and walked through the deep abyss.

Over waves of the sea, over all the land,
over every people and nation I held sway.

Among all these I sought a resting place.
In whose inheritance should I abide?

“Then the Creator of all gave me his command,
and my Creator chose the spot for my tent.
He said, ‘In Jacob make your dwelling,
in Israel your inheritance.’

Before all ages, from the beginning, he created me,
and through all ages I shall not cease to be.

In the holy tent I ministered before him,
and so I was established in Zion.

In the city he loves as he loves me, he gave me rest;
in Jerusalem, my domain.

I struck root among the glorious people,
in the portion of the Lord, his heritage.

“Like a cedar in Lebanon I grew tall,
like a cypress on Mount Hermon;

I grew tall like a palm tree in Engedi,
like rosebushes in Jericho;
Like a fair olive tree in the field,
like a plane tree beside water I grew tall.

Like cinnamon and fragrant cane,
like precious myrrh I gave forth perfume;
Like galbanum and onycha and mastic,b
like the odor of incense in the holy tent.*

“I spread out my branches like a terebinth,
my branches so glorious and so graceful.

I bud forth delights like a vine;
my blossoms are glorious and rich fruit.†

Come to me, all who desire me,
and be filled with my fruits.*

You will remember me as sweeter than honey,
better to have than the honeycomb.

Those who eat of me will hunger still,*
those who drink of me will thirst for more.c

Whoever obeys me will not be put to shame,
and those who serve me will never go astray.”

All this is the book of the covenant of the Most High God,d
the Law which Moses commanded us*
as a heritage for the community of Jacob.†

It overflows, like the Pishon, with wisdom,e
and like the Tigris at the time of first fruits.

It runs over, like the Euphrates, with understanding,
and like the Jordan at harvest time.

It floods like the Nile with instruction,
like the Gihon* at vintage time.

The first human being never finished comprehending wisdom,
nor will the last succeed in fathoming her.

For deeper than the sea are her thoughts,
and her counsels, than the great abyss.

Now I, like a stream from a river,*
and like water channeling into a garden—

I said, “I will water my plants,
I will drench my flower beds.”
Then suddenly this stream of mine became a river,
and this river of mine became a sea.

Again I will make my teachings shine forth like the dawn;
I will spread their brightness afar off.

Again I will pour out instruction like prophecy
and bestow it on generations yet to come.
* [24:1–29] Wisdom speaks in the first person, describing her origin, her dwelling place in Israel, and the reward she gives her followers. As in Proverbs 8, Wisdom is personified as coming from God, yet distinct from him. This description is reflected in the Johannine logos, or Word (Jn 1:1–14). It is used extensively in the Roman liturgy.

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Stress free typing.


Confession and Healing

Nothing in human experience is as efficacious in curing the memory and imagination as confession; it cleanses us of guilt and if we follow the admonition a of Our Lord we shall put completely out of mind our confessed sins: “No one who puts a hand to the plough and looks back is fit for the kingdom of God” (Luke 9:62). Confession also heals the imagination, eliminating its anxiety for the future.

LIFT UP YOUR HEART

Purge me with hyssop, and I shall be clean; wash me, and I shall be whiter than snow. Psalm 51:7

From Advent Meditations by Venerable Fulton Sheen


Here is my favorite Christmas Novena, started on the feast day of St Andrew on 30 November upto 25 December Christmas Day. It is to be recited 15 times a day, which can be said throughout the day.

Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

Hail and blessed be the hour and moment
in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary,
at midnight,
in Bethlehem,
in piercing cold.
In that hour, vouchsafe, O my God! to hear my prayer and grant my desires
(mention your intentions here),
through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.

A bit about St Andrew -

Brother to Simon Peter, Saint Andrew was a fisherman who heroically died — martyred on a saltire, or x-shaped cross, where he is said to have preached from for two days. For this reason, the x-shaped cross is often called the Saint Andrew cross and is featured on the flag of Scotland of which he is the patron saint.

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There comes a time in your life, when it seems that you are in life’s darkest moments. We all face it. Nothing prepares us for it. Some of us have an inkling by accepting many life challenges all their life, they learn patience, perseverance, strength. They know that God is preparing them for some tough life battles.

Jesus showed us a way, He suffered a cruel death on the Cross, to save mankind from sin. He suffered mockery from the crowds, rejection, beaten with heavy blows, scourged and flesh torn, crowned with heavy thorns, desertion from his closest friends, hunger, thirst, exhaustion, weakness, suffocation. He died alone on the cross, with two thieves by His side and His Mother, faithful disciple St John and St Mary Magdalen at the foot of the cross. At His death there was darkness over the whole earth, the veil of the temple was torn in two, tombs were opened, there was an earthquake, the whole world and all nature even mourned.

Then on the third day He rose from the dead, as He said He would. So we should rejoice and have hope because our redemption is near at hand. Remember Blessed John Paul II words ringing out loud and clear :

We are the Easter people and Alleluia is our song” says Blessed John Paul II.

Stay strong in your trials, pray and be filled with hope, stay calm, be patient, keep your eyes on Jesus, on the Cross, because your Redemption is near at hand.


I found this web link today of the life story of St Teresa of
Jesus.

I hope you enjoy reading it too !

http://www.stmaryswestmelbourne.org/books/The-Life-of-Saint-Teresa-of-Jesus.pdf#page6

The Life of Saint Teresa of Jesus


Yesterday i went to Holy Mass because it was All Saints Day. In walks two young ladies who moved in besides me. I couldn’t believe the noise they made, talking loudly, discussing their mobile phones, and the new accessories they had on. One of them held her mobile phone and kept looking at it for messages. It got too much for me. The Mass had started and I could barely hear the prayers. Should I tell them off and risk an argument and disturb the peace? I prayed silently. Came the time for the first Reading, the wonderful Book of Revelation. I thought I am not going to miss this for the world, and they are missing out too! So I gently tapped the girl next to me and gestured with my fingers on my lips ‘shhh’ . She didn’t say a word! Quiet from then on and I fully participated in this wonderful liturgy with thankfulness to God for a peaceful resolution.

Every day we need some quiet time, time to reflect, pray for a few moments, and we need to block out noise and distractions. This is the only time when we talk directly to God and He will gently comfort us, love us and even give us answers to complex life questions.

The church is one place where we can find peace.

So let us make a conscious effort to be quiet and allow other people to share in that quiet and peaceful time.

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