15 days till the BIRTH of CHRIST,
and this is the 11th day of the ADVENT season.
“HO, HO, HO-ly God, We Praise Thy Name!”
Quote of the Day:
God doesn’t call the qualified, He qualifies the called.
When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth, filled with the holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said, “Most blessed are you among women, and blessed is the fruit of your womb.(Lk 1:41-42)
John was the last prophet before Jesus’ ministry life. John knew, even prior to his birth, that the infant in Mary’s ‘belly’ was destined to be the Savior and Messiah prophesied in the Old Testament. Elizabeth’s son will bring in the reign of the true Christ, and will suffer for his faith. Mary’s son will bring redemption and salvation for all, and will also suffer for OUR faith!
I would love to have been there to see an old woman, and a young girl, both carrying in their wombs the essential people needed for the future of mankind, both on earth and in heaven. The bible verses tell of [neonatal] John’s reaction upon meeting the [neonatal] Jesus for the first time, and there is biblical verses telling of Elizabeth’s and Mary’s reaction; but the Gospels do not record Jesus’ reaction, in the womb.
Was he excited, as John demonstrated? Did he elicit any emotions at all? Every time I am exposed to these verses, these same questions come to mind. I guarantee that if I am allowed, these two questions will be answered by Jesus some day. I have a list of questions, and these are just two, on my very long list.
Pax et Bonum
Dan Halley, SFO
Franciscan Saint of the Day: Bl. Peter Tecelano
Blessed Peter, a Franciscan mystic and tertiary who lived around 1287 is a native of Campi, in Tuscany; and he worked as a comb maker in Siena. After his wife passed away, he entered the Franciscan Order as a tertiary and served in a Franciscan hospital as a nurse.
In his lifetime, he was reputed to be a deeply mystical and holy individual, and was credited with miracles. He was beatified in 1802, in part because of miracles reported as occurring at his tomb. (from Catholic Online)
(From http://www.franciscan-sfo.org website)
Secular Franciscan Order (SFO) Rule #10:
United themselves to the redemptive obedience of Jesus, who placed His will into the Father’s hands, let them faithfully fulfill the duties proper to their various circumstances of life. Let them also follow the poor and crucified Christ, witness to Him even in difficulties and persecutions.