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Tuesday, Second Week of Advent

December 11, 2012

Blessed St. Damasus’ Day!

Pope St. Damasus I

You can find his story here.

Entrance Antiphon:
Behold a great priest, who in his days pleased God;
therefore, in accordance with His promise,
the Lord gave him growth for the good of his people.

Collect:
Grant, we pray, O Lord,
that we may constantly exalt the merits of Your Martyrs,
whom Pope Saint Damasus so venerated and loved
Through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son,
who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.

Threats are no obstacle to love.

savage wolves will come among you,
and they will not spare the flock
-Acts 20:29

They prove it.

No one has greater love than this,
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
-John 15:13

This is the love God has for us…
the love that He expects of us.

This is My commandment:
love one another as I love you
-John 15:12

This goes well beyond
“love your neighbor as yourself.”
We love ourselves much less
than He loves us!

This is to stand and face the wolves,
to guard our neighbor’s soul
under attack
despite the wounds.

That’s more than mortal flesh can bear!

That’s why God said,

Remain in My love
-John 15:9

Without Me you can do nothing
-John 15:5

Immersed in Jesus’ love,
in His commands,

all things are possible
-Matthew 19:26

The wolves will do the worst they can
but they can’t hurt your soul
when you’re in love
in Christ.

Rule in the midst of all your foes
-Psalm 110:2

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