December 24th, The Vigil of the Nativity, 11:30am and I'm still at work. I said I'd leave at 12:00 noon, but I'm chaffing at the bit to be out. I've been trying to slow my mind down since I left Holy Mass this morning, but at work, well, it's my state in life so when I'm here I have to be all here. But now, it is time to go, to re-focus once again on the searching for shelter, for the Manger, the Birth. To not insert Christ in to Christmas but to allow everything else to flow to Him.
Not easy in this mad world.
Monday, December 02, 2013
Six Specific Blessings for Which We Should Give Thanks
The first thing for which both sinners and just men should bless the Lord is the universal, fruitful redemption he effected by sacrificing his life for our miserable one, paying in his grief over our death and captivity an enormous price for a vile thing, and shedding his precious blood to refresh earthly man and bring him to life so that we who were dead in sin could flourish in life. He sealed our friendship with God through the kiss of false peace from Judas and was bound and taken prisoner to release Adam who had robbed and committed suicide. H let false, lying witnesses charge him so that later he would not admit those witnesses the devil surely would set against us who have offended him in so many ways. His holy countenance was spat upon to cleanse the face of the soul, which is made blacker than charcoal by sin, and his precious face was covered so that the veil of ignorance would be drawn from the soul and its blindness revealed to us. He was brought before the judges so that we could appear without fear at the universal judgement. Silent, refusing to speak, he paid for Eve's conversation with the serpent and in his divine person compensated for our evil, excessive talk. He was stripped of his garments to strip away the old person and garb us with virtue and the attire of eternal betrothal. He was beaten to ease the sting of justice's whip, which we truly deserve. He was falsely honored on earth so that we might be truly honored in heaven. He was crowned with thorns to crown us with glory. He was made to hold a reed in his hand so the scepter of his empire would be ours. He was crucified between thieves to free us from the infernal company we had chosen and set us in friendship with the holy angels. - The Third Spiritual Alphabet, Francisco Osuna