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St John's cry in this second Sunday of Advent, re-echoes strongly in our hearts and resonates in our souls which are called to open wide the door to the Lord who is coming.

"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Mt 3:1). The heartfelt appeal of the man that from his mother's womb was selected as the precursor, resonates more than ever in our time. The one that would straighten the tortuous path and the wayward road of the people of Israel, is the luminous figure who the Fathers of the Church have identified as the 'last of the prophets', St John the Baptist.

John the Baptizer.

John the Baptizer.


VATICAN CITY, (Catholic Online) - "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand!" (Mt 3:1). The heartfelt appeal of the man that from his mother's womb was selected as the precursor, resonates more than ever in our time. The one that would straighten the tortuous path and the wayward road of the people of Israel, is the luminous figure who the Fathers of the Church have identified as the 'last of the prophets', St John the Baptist.

St John's cry in this second Sunday of Advent, re-echoes strongly in our hearts and resonates in our souls which are called to open wide the door to the Lord who is coming.  For this, we are invited to repentance, so that we may bring 'good fruit as evidence of repentance'. (Mt 3:8), otherwise  we could become like the 'tree that does not bear good fruit and will be cut down and thrown into the fire.' (Mt 3:10). This implies and involves a true and authentic change of life. To realise this purpose, we must hope that the Lord that "is God of endurance and encouragement", grants us "to think in harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus" (Rm 15:5).

As He welcomed us,  we are also called to welcome each other "for the Glory of God "who is like 'a shoot that shall sprout from the stump of Jesse'. The Glory of God will manifest itself to us with his " spirit of wisdom and of understanding,  spirit of counsel and of strength, a spirit of knowledge and of fear of the Lord (Is 11: 1-2). This spirit will be no longer temporary, as already happened in the past, but will be permanent, constructed on He who the Lord will send. "The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, [.]"Today this scripture passage is fulfilled in your hearing." (Lk 4:18-21). :

As St Jerome referred to in the  lessons of the second nocturne: "this branch without any knots protruding from the stump of Jesse is the Virgin Mary, and the flower is the same Saviour, who said in the Song of Songs: I am the flower of the field and the lily of the valley".

The devout St. Bernard, commenting the beauty  of this flower that the Lord left to bloom for us, affirmed in his second homily of Advent, said: "The Son of the Virgin is the flower, purple and white flower, chosen among a thousand; flower whose sight gladdens the angels, and the smell of which restores life to the dead flowers in the fields as she calls herself, and not the flowers of the gardens, because the flower of the fields blossoms by itself without the help of man, without the processes of agriculture. So the womb of the Virgin, as an eternal green field, has produced this divine flower whose beauty is imperishable ever, and whose glory never be darkened. [.]O heavenly plant, the most precious and most holy of all! O true tree of life, that you're the ' only one worthy to bear the fruit of salvation. " 

In this time, therefore, we must ask the Lord, as St. Augustine always affirms, the gift of conversion :"What, then? It is perhaps dependant on you, O man, if converted to God once you have earned his mercy, while on the contrary those who have not converted have not obtained mercy but have encountered the wrath of God? But you what resources available to convert, if you had not been called? Was it not He who called you when you were the enemy, to grant you the grace of repentance? So do not ascribe to yourself the merit of your conversion: why, if God had not intervened to call you when you fled from him, you would not have been able to look back. " .

Citations:
Is 11,1-10:  http://www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9abtajk.htm
Rom 15,4-9: http://www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9aewjuo.htm
Mt 3,1-12: http://www.clerus.org/bibliaclerusonline/en/9abttkc.htm 

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Pope Francis: end world hunger through 'Prayer and Action'


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Pope Francis Prayer Intentions for November 2014
Lonely people:
That all who suffer loneliness may experience the closeness of God and the support of others.
Mentors of seminarians and religious: That young seminarians and religious may have wise and well-formed mentors.

Keywords: Advent, John the Baptizer, Repent, Conversion, clergy, vatican



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  1. ben
    3 years ago

    verygood

  2. James
    3 years ago

    Mr. Labrecque,

    I couldn't agree with you more sir. On behalf of the Father above, with His Love, His Guidance, His Protection, and His Knowledge from the Word, it is our responsibility to resonate His Words of truth not only in the USA, but across the World as a whole!!!! In his word, Our dear Savior Jesus Christ, gives us a message in regards to what you have stated. It's called the Parable of the Lost Sheep. If each of us can just save one Soul, our Father above is so grateful for our willingness to spread his Good News!!! I have no issue what so ever, to share it to whom ever would like to hear his message. Leaders are not developed, they are created from the Father above!!!!! I have always been a leader and not a follower, so it's my responsibility to bring the truth to our lost souls. It starts with one person, and I have fully accepted my calling as I know to bring us all in Harmony with the Father above!!!!

  3. andrew labrecque
    3 years ago

    we here in the states need the church more now than ever and we need more of these articles posted. the faithful need to be inspired god does bless the church, our clergy need to be strong and compassionate.

  4. James
    3 years ago

    As I have always believed that the word of God has, and will always be his word. From the beginning of time, to the end of time when our dear Savior Jesus Christ will come like a thief in the night!!!!!!

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