Joy In Their Children

You gave the Virgin Mary the joys of motherhood; grant to all parents joy in their children.

– Liturgy of the Hours, Intercessions for Vespers II for Mary, Mother of God

Great reminder in prayer tonight after a long six-hour drive with five kids, no naps, and eating out without high chairs. Joy takes many forms.

Christmas Eve

Awake, mankind! For your sake, God has become man. Awake, you who sleep, rise up from the dead, and Christ will enlighten you. I tell you again: for your sake, God has became man.
You would have suffered eternal death, has he not been born in time. Never would you have been freed from sinful flesh, had he not taken on himself the likeness of sinful flesh. You would have suffered everlasting unhappiness, had it not been for this mercy. You would have never returned to life, had he not shared your death. You would have been lost if he had not hastened to your aid. You would have perished, has he not come. From a sermon by Saint Augustine, bishop, as included in the Office of Readings for December 24th.

Jesus and Our Prayers

God could give no greater gift to mankind than to give them as their head the Word through whom he created all things, and to unite them to him as his members, so that he might be Son of God and Son of man, one God with the Father, one man with men. So, when we speak to God in prayer we do not separate the Son from God, and when the body of the Son prays it does not separate its head from itself, but it is the one savior of his body, our Lord Jesus Christ, the Son of God, who himself prays for us, and prays in us, and is the object of our prayer. He prays for us as our priest, he prays in us as our head, he is the object of our prayer as our God. Let us then hear our voices in his voice, and his voice in ours.

St. Augustine, Discourse on Psalm 85.

1st Sunday of Lent

Our pilgrimage on earth cannot be exempt from trial. We progress by means of trial. No one knows himself except through the trial, or receives a crown except after victory, or strives except against an enemy or temptations.

Commentary on the Psalms by St. Augustine.

Ash Wednesday

A new season of Lent begins with the promise of a new Easter. As time passes, the only constant is change, which itself is not constant.

 

Psalm 39

You do not ask for sacrifice and offerings,

  but an open ear.

You do not ask for holocaust and victim.

  Instead, here am I.

From Afternoon Prayer for Monday of the 2nd Week of Ordinary Time

Mary, Mother of God

From a letter by Saint Athanasius, bishop

Gabriel used careful and prudent language when he announced his birth. He did not speak of “what will be born in you” to avoid the impression that a body would be introduced into her womb from the outside; he spoke of “what will be born from you,” so that we might know by faith that the child originated with her and from her.