Communion of Saints: December 2003 Archives

Quote of the Day

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Oh what remorse we shall feel at the end of our lives, when we look back upon the great number of instructions and examples afforded
by God and the Saints for our perfection, and so carelessly received
by us! If this end were to come to you today, how would you be
pleased with the life you have led this year? -St. Francis de Sales

Francis de Sales is one of my favorite saints. Not only was he an SFO, but he has a great approach to the spirituality of those of us living in the world. He sees all of us as being able to be saints, working through our vocations. In other words, being a saint is not some unreal, other worldly experience, I know I need to keep that in mind constantly.

Merry Christmas

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On the Morning of Christís Nativity
John Milton

This is the month, and this the happy morn,
Wherein the Son of Heavenís Eternal King,
Of wedded maid and virgin mother born,
Our great redemption from above did bring;
For so the holy sages once did sing,
That he our deadly forfeit should release,
And with his Father work us a perpetual peace.

That glorious form, that light unsufferable,
And that far-beaming blaze of majesty,
Wherewith he wont at Heavenís high council-table
To sit the midst of Trinal Unity,
He laid aside, and, here with us to be,
Forsook the courts of everlasting day,
And chose with us a darksome house of mortal clay.

Say, Heavenly Muse, shall not they sacred vein
Afford a present to the Infant God?
Hast thou no verse, no hymn, or solemn strain,
To welcome him to this his new abode,
Now while the heaven, by the Sunís team untrod,
Hath took no print of the approaching light,
And all the spangled host keep watch in squadrons bright?

See how from far upon the eastern road
The star-led wizards haste with odors sweet!
Oh run, prevent them with thy humble ode,
And lay it lowly at his blessed feet;
Have thou the honor first thy Lord to greet,
And join thy voice unto the angel choir
From out his secret altar touched with hallowed fire.

I wish you all a very Merry and blessed Christmas, may Christ greet you ever anew on Christmas morning.

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