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Wednesday, Second Week of Advent

December 11, 2013

JMJ


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.

Readings:
Acts 20:17-18a, 28-32, 36 (Keep watch over yourselves and over the whole flock. Savage wolves are coming.)
Psalm 110: 1-4 “You are a priest forever in the line of Melchizedek”
+John 15:9-17 (It was not you who chose Me, but I Who chose you)

The only goal
worth striving for
is love–

not the soft stuff
that cannot bear
to watch another struggle
on the road of holiness,
but love that dares to face the wolves
and drive them off,
that begs a brother
day and night
to cease from sin.
Love won’t give in
when souls are on the line.
It spends itself
to the last drop
as Jesus did.

There is no greater love than this:
to lay down one’s life for one’s friends
~John 15:13

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

Do I offer others a counterfeit love, that seeks their pleasure rather than their good?
Am I more motivated by fear of suffering from someone’s distress, or by love–for what would benefit their soul by helping them to become the saint God created them to be?

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