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http://rorate-caeli.blogspot.com/2014/11/continuing-madness-1-some-in-curia-want.html

Was this on the main stream news?

http://www.nytimes.com/2014/11/21/us/politics/eavesdropping-on-pakistani-official-led-to-inquiry-of-former-us-diplomat.html?module=Search&mabReward=relbias%3Ar%2C{%222%22%3A%22RI%3A12%22}&_r=1

More Meditations for Christ The King


Now the sparrows and finches are singing......

Meditations for The Day


When I played these early this morning, birds started singing outside, including a British Robin

I was thrilled, creatures honoring their King.

The King of Humility


Remember, that the crown of glory is the crown of thorns. Christ allowed Himself to be mocked as King, when in reality, He is the King, forever and ever.

When we are mocked or persecuted, let us remember Him, the King of Humility.

From The Office of Readings Today-Feast of Christ the King



From Origen on prayer
http://www.universalis.com/readings.htm and
http://www.ccel.org/ccel/origen/prayer.pdf

The coming of the kingdom of God,
 says our Lord and Saviour, does not admit of observation, and there will be no-one to say “Look here! Look there!” For the kingdom of God is within us and in our hearts. And so it is beyond doubt that whoever prays for the coming of the kingdom of God within himself is praying rightly, praying for the kingdom to dawn in him, bear fruit and reach perfection. For God reigns in every saint, and every saint obeys God’s spiritual laws — God, who dwells in him just as he dwells in any well-ordered city. The Father is present in him and in his soul Christ reigns alongside the Father, as it is said: We will come to him and make our dwelling with him.
Thy kingdom come
  Therefore, as we continue to move forward without ceasing, the kingdom of God within us will reach its perfection in us at that moment when the saying in the Apostle is fulfilled, that Christ, His enemies all made subject to Him, shall deliver the kingdom to God the Father that God may be All in All.
  For this reason let us pray without ceasing, our souls filled by a desire made divine by the Word Himself. Let us pray to our Father in heaven: hallowed be thy name; thy kingdom come.
  There is something important that we need to understand about the kingdom of God: just as righteousness has no partnership with lawlessness, just as light has nothing in common with darkness and Christ has no agreement with Belial, so the kingdom of God and a kingdom of sin cannot co-exist.
  So if we want God to reign within us, on no account may sin rule in our mortal body but let us mortify our earthly bodies and let us be made fruitful by the Spirit. Then we will be a spiritual garden of Eden for God to walk in. God will rule in us with Christ who will be seated in us on the right hand of God — God, the spiritual power that we pray to receive — until he makes his enemies (who are within us) into his footstool and pours out on us all authority, all power, all strength.
  This can happen to any one of us and death, the last enemy may be destroyed, so that in us Christ says Death, where is your sting? Death, where is your victory? So let our corruptibility be clothed today with holiness and incorruption. With Death dead, let our mortality be cloaked in the Father’s immortality. With God ruling in us, let us be immersed in the blessings of regeneration and resurrection.

Feast of Christ The King


We Catholics need to revive in our hearts, minds, families and parishes, the concept of the Kingship of Christ.

The fact that today we celebrate this magnificent feast reminds us that the Kingdom of God has a real King. The Kingdom of God is neither a democracy or a tyranny, but a hierarchy ruled by Christ Himself.

A few notes from today's Divine Office may help us remember Who the real authority of all the nations is.




Psalm 2 Douay-Rheims 

Why have the Gentiles raged, and the people devised vain things?
The kings of the earth stood up, and the princes met together, against the Lord and against his Christ.
Let us break their bonds asunder: and let us cast away their yoke from us.
He that dwelleth in heaven shall laugh at them: and the Lord shall deride them.
Then shall he speak to them in his anger, and trouble them in his rage.
But I am appointed king by him over Sion his holy mountain, preaching his commandment.
The Lord hath said to me: Thou art my son, this day have I begotten thee.
Ask of me, and I will give thee the Gentiles for thy inheritance, and the utmost parts of the earth for thy possession.
Thou shalt rule them with a rod of iron, and shalt break them in pieces like a potter's vessel.
10 And now, O ye kings, understand: receive instruction, you that judge the earth.
11 Serve ye the Lord with fear: and rejoice unto him with trembling.
12 Embrace discipline, lest at any time the Lord be angry, and you perish from the just way.
13 When his wrath shall be kindled in a short time, blessed are all they that trust in him.


Psalm 71 Douay-Rheims 1899 American Edition (DRA)

71 A psalm on Solomon.
Give to the king thy judgment, O God: and to the king's son thy justice: To judge thy people with justice, and thy poor with judgment.
Let the mountains receive peace for the people: and the hills justice.
He shall judge the poor of the people, and he shall save the children of the poor: and he shall humble the oppressor.
And he shall continue with the sun, and before the moon, throughout all generations.
He shall come down like rain upon the fleece; and as showers falling gently upon the earth.

In his days shall justice spring up, and abundance of peace, till the moon be taken sway.
And he shall rule from sea to sea, and from the river unto the ends of the earth.
Before him the Ethiopians shall fall down: and his enemies shall lick the ground.
10 The kings of Tharsis and the islands shall offer presents: the kings of the Arabians and of Saba shall bring gifts:
11 And all kings of the earth shall adore him: all nations shall serve him.
12 For he shall deliver the poor from the mighty: and the needy that had no helper.
13 He shall spare the poor and needy: and he shall save the souls of the poor.
14 He shall redeem their souls from usuries and iniquity: and their names shall be honourable in his sight.
15 And he shall live, and to him shall be given of the gold of Arabia, for him they shall always adore: they shall bless him all the day.
16 And there shall be a firmament on the earth on the tops of mountains, above Libanus shall the fruit thereof be exalted: and they of the city shall flourish like the grass of the earth.
17 Let his name be blessed for evermore: his name continueth before the sun. And in him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed: all nations shall magnify him.
18 Blessed be the Lord, the God of Israel, who alone doth wonderful things.
19 And blessed be the name of his majesty for ever: and the whole earth shall be filled with his majesty. So be it. So be it.
20 The praises of David, the son of Jesse, are ended.

What Happened to Advent?

For a very long time, like forty-plus years, I have been upset about Catholic churches, parishes, schools, groups and families having Christmas celebrations in Advent.

There is no reason for Christmas carol services, parties, concerts or decorations until Christmas Day or Christmas Eve itself.

Why Catholics omit Advent has been a mystery to me my entire adult life.

I have always refused to go to any Christmas celebrations until Christmas Day and after. The Twelve Days of Christmas, between Christmas Day and January 6th, "Little Christmas", was for centuries the way Catholics celebrated Christmas in free lands.

People have become angry with me when I have said "no" to Christmas activities in Advent, but I am a Daughter of the Church, who is Her wisdom has set aside a time of preparation for Christmas. Those who do not want to do penance cannot understand those of us who prefer to follow the ancient traditions of the Church.

What happened?

When I was a child, we had many Advent customs which I have put at the end of this blog. Advent is the season of waiting, praying, preparing for the coming of Christ, the Incarnate One. As I indicate elsewhere, we had an empty manger and if we children did a good deed, we could put on piece of straw in the manger in order to make Jesus a nice bed. If we did something bad, we had to take out a piece of straw. Our deeds prepared for the coming of Jesus either as welcomed or not welcomed.


A large tapestry quilt especially made of a tree hung on the wall provided the Jesse Tree on which we hung, for four weeks daily, the symbols from the Old Testament genealogy and prophecies of the Messiah, the Christ. My son hung those for years with pins, standing on a chair when very small to reach, finally the top. I gave it to someone when he grew up. The book which provided the prayers and symbols is seen below. I highly recommend it. My son learned Old Testament Scripture this way. I had bought this book in the 1970s and it has been reprinted.






We fasted, reflected, on the sins of the world which are the reason for Christ coming. Without the Passion, Death and Resurrection of Christ, Christmas makes no sense.

I wrote years ago on the fact that in the old days, Christmas Eve was a day of fast and abstinence. Fish soups and other dishes from many nations fed Catholics before they celebrated on Christmas Day.

One of the readings in the very old liturgy of the Mass was the same reading as found in Holy Week on the "necessary fault of Adam" which brought about the Incarnation. And December 24th was the Feast Day of Adam and Eve. now saints in heaven freed by Christ in the Harrowing of Hell.

What happened?

Catholics have become impatient, incapable of waiting, reflecting, praying. We have too many things, and too many events which keep us from Advent.

Catholic schools have been in error for years having Christmas concerts in Advent. All the Christmas decorations and many nativity scenes (creches) are already in place here in Malta. How sad. No one is waiting for the arrival of Baby Jesus. At least those who built these amazing scenes could have put Jesus in on Christmas Eve.

The empty stable reminds us that we need to make room on our hearts for Christ. We need to do penance and mortification to rid ourselves of the selfishness which makes us push for the comforts of Christmas without spiritual preparation.

When I home schooled, and in our little family, of course, we kept Advent.

Why the rush?

I challenge all readers to say "no" to Christmas activities in Advent. Especially for the remnant, this coming time of penance will prove to be a necessary practice for days of trial to come.

Please consider your witness to the world and refuse Christmas teas, parties, and so on in this season of penance.

Why do you think the liturgical color is purple? The words of St. John the Baptist reverberate during the time of Advent, which means ad venio,,,,to come.


Matthew 3 Douay-Rheims 

And in those days cometh John the Baptist preaching in the desert of Judea.
And saying: Do penance: for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.
For this is he that was spoken of by Isaias the prophet, saying: A voice of one crying in the desert, Prepare ye the way of the Lord, make straight his paths.
And the same John had his garment of camels' hair, and a leathern girdle about his loins: and his meat was locusts and wild honey.
Then went out to him Jerusalem and all Judea, and all the country about Jordan:
And were baptized by him in the Jordan, confessing their sins.
And seeing many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to his baptism, he said to them: Ye brood of vipers, who hath shewed you to flee from the wrath to come?
Bring forth therefore fruit worthy of penance.
And think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham for our father. For I tell you that God is able of these stones to raise up children to Abraham.
10 For now the axe is laid to the root of the trees. Every tree therefore that doth not yield good fruit, shall be cut down, and cast into the fire.
11 I indeed baptize you in the water unto penance, but he that shall come after me, is mightier than I, whose shoes I am not worthy to bear; he shall baptize you in the Holy Ghost and fire.
12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will thoroughly cleanse his floor and gather his wheat into the barn; but the chaff he will burn with unquenchable fire.

I have listed below some of the customs and meditations I have done on Advent on this blog. Use these, please, and teach your children to wait, to prepare, for the coming of Christ. St . Nicholas Day is a break in the rigors of Advent for children. I also added a few Lenten posts as some are applicable to Advent.


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O Radix Jesse, qui stas in signum populorum, super quem continebunt reges os suum, quem Gentes deprecabuntur: veni ad liberandum nos, jam noli tardare.

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11 Dec 2013
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01 Dec 2013
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06 Dec 2012
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05 Dec 2013
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06 Dec 2013
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10 Dec 2013
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11 Dec 2013
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09 Dec 2012
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02 Dec 2012
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02 Dec 2012
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02 Dec 2012
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09 Sep 2014
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29 Aug 2013
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02 Dec 2012
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05 Dec 2013
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06 Dec 2013
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13 Dec 2012
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01 Sep 2013
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18 Aug 2013
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13 Sep 2012
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27 Aug 2013
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23 Dec 2013
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29 Aug 2013
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20 Dec 2013
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23 Dec 2013
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23 Mar 2014

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10 Dec 2013
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21 Dec 2013
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22 Dec 2013
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20 Dec 2013
The Sins of Christmas Time-Greed. Posted by Supertradmum. The post has been a drum beating the problems of the consumerism and materialism of this time. There are many posts on these subjects. But, today, I want to ...
22 Dec 2013
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23 Dec 2013

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21 Dec 2013
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10 Dec 2013
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19 Dec 2013
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09 Dec 2013
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10 Dec 2013
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13 Dec 2013
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07 Dec 2013
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09 Dec 2013
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15 Jul 2014
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04 Mar 2014
In the past, through His prophets, God warned of punishment and purgation because of national sins. God also told His People that such ... I wrote about the forgotten sin of gluttony in Advent. As a reminder for abstinence, ...
22 Dec 2013
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21 Dec 2013
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28 Jun 2014
We need to be reminded of Who Christ really is. Too often, the words of Advent and Christmas come and go too quickly, in the midst of business, and we lose an opportunity for reflection. The passage in Isaiah Chapter Nine ...

21 Dec 2013
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22 Dec 2013
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12 Dec 2013
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15 Sep 2014
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 and on the importance of moms as leaders of their children's religious training.
27 Aug 2014
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