In this lesson we focus on the themes surrounding the second week in Advent, as we journey closer to Christmas. The primary theme surrounding our lesson for this week is the growing expectation for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ not only in Christmastide but also His real triumph return at the End of Times. We focus on peace as a reflection for this 2nd week.
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Our Lord in the Blessed Sacrament
"And there shall come forth a rod out of the root of Jesse, and a flower shall rise up out of his root. 2 And the spirit of the Lord shall rest upon him: the spirit of wisdom, and of understanding, the spirit of counsel, and of fortitude, the spirit of knowledge, and of godliness" (Isaias 11:1-2).
This week our focus shifts to the theme of peace while we continue to prepare for the Nativity of Our Lord. Today we light the second candle on the Advent wreath and realize that as we draw closer to Christ we draw closer to the Only Truth, the Way (cf John 14:6). He is our only Way into His peace. We suggest praying Psalm 79 after lighting the second candle. As we prepare to grow in grace during this season of expectation and hope, let us read from the following articles.
Stay very close to the crib of this most beautiful Child, especially during these days of His birth. If you love riches, here you will find the gold the Kings left Him. If you love the smoke of honors, here you will find that of incense. And if you love the delicacy of the senses, you will smell the perfumed myrrh which perfumes the entire Holy stable.
St. Padre Pio
St. Augustine Letter 189 (418 AD) on Peace:
Think, then, of this first of all, when you are arming for the battle, that even your bodily strength is a gift of God; for, considering this, you will not employ the gift of God against God. For, when faith is pledged, it is to be kept even with the enemy against whom the war is waged, how much more with the friend for whom the battle is fought! Peace should be the object of your desire; war should be waged only as a necessity, and waged only that God may by it deliver men from the necessity and preserve them in peace. For peace is not sought in order to the kindling of war, but war is waged in order that peace may be obtained. Therefore, even in waging war, cherish the spirit of a peacemaker, that, by conquering those whom you attack, you may lead them back to the advantages of peace; for our Lord says: “Blessed are the peacemakers; for they shall be called the children of God” (Matthew 5:9). If, however, peace among men be so sweet as procuring temporal safety, how much sweeter is that peace with God which procures for men the eternal felicity of the angels! Let necessity, therefore, and not your will, slay the enemy who fights against you. As violence is used towards him who rebels and resists, so mercy is due to the vanquished or the captive, esp... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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