CATHOLIC
SPIRITUAL DIRECTION

Third Week of Advent

"Holy Communion is the shortest and safest way to Heaven."  
--Saint Pope Pius X

CHRISTMAS NOVENA

Hail, and blessed be the hour
and moment
At which the Son of God was born Of a most pure Virgin At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem In the piercing cold At that hour vouchsafe,
I beseech Thee,
To hear my prayers and
grant my desires
(Mention your request[s] here).
 
Through Jesus Christ and His most
Blessed Mother.

Day Five, December 20th, Saturday


The Life Of Sorrow Which Jesus Led From His Birth.

Thought:

Jesus Christ could have saved mankind without suffering and dying. 
Yet, in order to prove to us how much He loved us, 
He chose for Himself a life full of tribulations. 
Therefore the prophet Isaias called Him "a man of sorrows," 
His whole life was filled with suffering. 
His Passion began, 
not merely a few hours before His death, 
but from the the first moment of His birth. 
He was born in a stable where everything served to torment Him. 
His sense of sight was hurt by seeing nothing but the rough, 
black walls of the cave; 
His sense of smell was hurt by the stench of the dung 
from the beasts in the stable; 
His sense of touch was hurt by the prickling straw on which He lay. 
Shortly after His birth He was forced to flee into Egypt, 
where He spent several years of His childhood in poverty and misery. 
His boyhood and early manhood in Nazareth were passed in hard work and obscurity. 
And finally, in Jerusalem, He died on a cross, 
exhausted with pain and anguish.

Thus, then, was the life of Jesus 
but one unbroken series of sufferings, 
which were doubly painful because He had ever before His eyes 
all the sufferings He would have to endure till His death. 
Yet, since our Lord had voluntarily chosen to bear these tribulations for our sake, 
they did not afflict Him as much as did the sight of our sins, 
by which we have so ungratefully repaid Him for His love towards us. 
When the confessor of Saint Margaret of Cortona 
saw that she never seemed satisfied with all the tears 
she had already shed for her past sins, he said to her, 
"Margaret, stop crying and cease your lamenting, 
for God has surely forgiven you your offenses against Him." 
But she replied, "Father, how can I cease to weep, 
since I know that my sins kept my Lord Jesus in pain 
and suffering during all His life?"

Prayer:

O Jesus, my sweet Love! 
I too have kept Thee suffering through all Thy life. 
Tell me, then, what I must do in order to win Thy forgiveness. 
I am ready to do all Thou askest of me. 
I am sorry, O sovereign Good, 
for all the offenses I have committed against Thee. 
I love Thee more than myself, 
or a least I feel a great desire to love Thee. 
Since it is Thou who hast given me this desire, 
do Thou also give me the strength to love Thee exceedingly.

It is only right that I, 
who have offended Thee so much, 
should love Thee very much. 
Always remind me of the love Thou hast borne me, 
in order that my soul may ever burn with love of Thee 
and long to please Thee alone. O God of love, I, 
who was once a slave of hell, 
now give myself all to Thee.
Graciously accept me and bind me to Thee with the bonds of Thy love. 
My Jesus, from this day and forever in loving Thee will I live, 
and in loving Thee will I die.

O Mary, my Mother and my hope, 
help me to love Thy dear God and mine. 
This is the only favor I ask of thee, 
and through thee I hope to receive it. 

Amen.
 
 

	  		

ADVENT

From Catholic Encylopedia:

According to present [1907] usage, Advent is a period beginning with the Sunday nearest to the feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (30 November) and embracing four Sundays. The first Sunday may be as early as 27 November, and then Advent has twenty-eight days, or as late as 3 December, giving the season only twenty-one days.

With Advent the ecclesiastical year begins in the Western churches. During this time the faithful

During Advent:

1) Attend Mass often.

2) Pray.  Pray the Rosary,  Pray to the Holy Saints of God and to the Blessed Mother.

3) Go to Confession.  Forgive the sins of other.

4) Do good works to help others, especially the poor.