December 30, 2014

//December 30, 2014

December 30, 2014

The Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas

This Week’s Intention: That with the start of a new year will grow within each of us new eyes to see and new ears to hear one another, and new hearts to welcome and love one another.

Special Intention: For the repose of the soul of Mr. Herman Shum, and for God’s comfort and strength for his family, colleagues, students, and friends.

Today’s Gospel | Luke 2:36-40

Jesus Christ IconThere was a prophetess, Anna, the daughter of Phanuel, of the tribe of Asher.  She was advanced in years, having lived seven years with her husband after her marriage, and then as a widow until she was eighty-four.  She never left the temple, but worshiped night and day with fasting and prayer.  And coming forward at that very time, she gave thanks to God and spoke about the child to all who were awaiting the redemption of Jerusalem.

When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him.

From the Meditation for How We Have Acted Toward Our Neighbor and In What We Were Lacking This Year | St. John Baptist de La Salle

De La Salle IconThe first thing you owe your students is edification and good example. Have you earnestly practiced virtue with the intention of edifying your disciples? Have you reflected that you must be their models of the virtues you wish them to practice?

Have you acted this year as a good teacher must do? You ought to have taught them their religion; did you work sufficiently to accomplish this task during the year? Have you regarded it as your principal duty on their behalf?

Do they know their religion well? If they are ignorant of it or do not know it perfectly, is this due to your negligence?

Have you been careful to teach them the maxims and practices of the holy Gospel and to see that they practice them? Have you suggested to them practices appropriate to their age and condition? All these matters of instruction ought to have often been the subject of your reflections and of your study of how to succeed with them. A teacher who has piety in his heart, says the Wise Man, will bring forth wisdom; that is, he will procure wisdom for himself and at the same time he will make wise those whom he instructs.

Prayer for the Day

Prayer HandsEternal Father, you created us to know the fullness of your blessings. And just as we have received those blessings and tried to use them well, we also have sinned and fallen short of your will for us. So, in your wisdom and mercy, you sent to us your Son, that we might be redeemed and live in right relationship with you and with each other.  You humbled yourself for us.  Teach us to humble ourselves for each other.  You have redeemed us. Teach us to be redeemed. You have loved us. Teach us to love. We ask this of you who lives and reigns with your Son and the Holy Spirit, one God for ever and ever.  Amen.

St. John Baptist de La Salle, pray for us.
Live Jesus in our hearts forever.

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