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“Since it is to the point, I will relate to you a beautiful sketch on this subject which I read with pleasure in the recently published Lives of the Fathers….He relates that many of these good religious had at one point assembled and were talking together familiarly in a spiritual conference.  One of them was highly praising obedience; another, charity; a third, patience.  Hearing what all his brothers said about these virtues, one of them added; ‘As for myself, it seems that humility is the first and most necessary of all.’  He made the following comparison which is my sermon here: ‘Humility and charity are united like John the Baptist and Our Lord.  Humility is the forerunner and the precursor of charity, as St. John the Baptist was of the Savior.  It prepares the way; it is the voice crying out: ‘Make straight the way of the Lord.’  And just as John the Baptist went before the Messias, so also must humility come in order to empty hearts that they might receive charity, for that can never dwell in a soul in which humility has not first prepared the lodging for it.’ ”  – St. Francis de Sales

Prayer for the Lighting of the Advent Wreath

Week 3: O Lord, we beg Thee, incline Thy ear to our prayers and enlighten the darkness of our minds by the grace of Thy visitation.  Through Christ our Lord.  Amen

Feast Days this Week:

Monday, December 13 – St. Lucy, patroness of the blind, Italy and Syracuse
Tuesday, December 14 – St. John of the Cross

Wednesday, December 15 – St. Christiana (Hist.)
Thursday, December 16 – St. Eusebius of Vercelli (Trad.)
Friday, December 17 – St. Lazarus (Hist.) whom Our Lord raised from the dead
Saturday, December 18 – Expectation of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Hist.)

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