And Elias, the prophet, stood up, as a fire, and his word burnt like a torch (Ecclesiasticus. 48.1, DRV)

Sunday, December 23, 2012

"Ecce, Salvator Venit!"


Fourth Sunday of Advent

"Behold, the Savior comes!"
(The Roman Breviary)

In a few days, the Word of God made flesh will show Himself to the world. I have loved thee with an everlasting love, therefore have I drawn thee, taking pity on thee (Jer. 31.3). Yes, God has loved man from all eternity, and in order to draw him to Himself, He did not hesitate to send His own Son in the likeness of sinful flesh (Rom. 8.3). And run we must to meet Divine Love Who Is to appear "incarnate" in the Infant Jesus, it must only be with hearts full - no "half-measures" (Our dear "Little Therese") - of charity: not philanthropy (the world's 'charity') which the wicked are still capable; but, that love which the Divine Spirit pours in the hearts of them who seek God and call upon Him in truth (Ps. 144.18, from the "Gradual" of today's Mass): a love that is faithful in great things as well as in small, an ingenious love that is always seeking opportunities to repay God's Love. "Love is repaid by love!" says our holy Father John of the Cross. This is the motto which has made Saints, and spurred a multitude of souls to greater generosity. With this kind of love prepare for Christmas, be in this love faithful, for, as St. Paul says in the Epistle (1 Cor. 4.1-5), it is required that [he] be faithful.

Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths. Every valley shall be filled; and every mountain and hill shall be brought low. The voice of St. John the Baptist, the great Advent preacher, is heard again in today's Gospel (Lk. 3.1-16), inviting us to prepare the way of the Lord. This invitation is especially a call to to a truly profound humility. If the valleys, that is, our imperfections and deficiencies, are to be filled up by charity, then the mountains and hills, that is, the vain pretenses of pride and egoism, must be brought low by humility. A heart filled with self-love and pride cannot be filled with God for God resisteth the proud, and giveth grace to the humble (Jas. 4.6).

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Salvation is in the "Blood of the Lamb"

Apocalypse XIV now unfolding (cf., our posts "The Wine of the Wrath of God" and "After Pope Benedict XVI, the 'Last' Roman Pontiff?"). The divine chastisement of world-wide conflagration (Lk. 17.29-30, cf., our post "Our Lady, Vatican II Disorientation, and the Annihilation of Many Nations") to annihilate the 'super-power' and cities and nations drunk with the wine of its immodesty, impurity, fornication, homosexuality, and blasphemies (Apoc. 14.8) is imminent - the close of our end-times period (distinct from the consummation of the world, Mt. 28.20).

They... have made them white in the Blood of the Lamb
(Apoc. 7.14) ... All things... are cleansed with Blood: and without shedding of Blood there is no remission (Heb. 9.22).

The Blood of the [Divine] Lamb can be availed of in the traditional Rite of the Sacrament of Penance (cf., our post "On Concealing Sins in Confession") and of the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist (the Traditional Latin Mass). Go to our traditional Catholic Mass Centers (links on the left-side bar of this site). Flee to the mountains... (Mt. 24.16).

See also the Messages and Appeals (on the upper right-side bar) of the Apocalyptic Woman in her title of Our Lady of Fatima.