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The end of all things is near. From now onwards, then, we must bear ourselves with humility, and tremble at God’s patience for fear it should turn into a judgment upon us. Let us either flee from His future wrath, or else embrace His present grace; no matter which, so long as we are found in Jesus Christ with our true life before us. Apart from Him, nothing else should have any value in your eyes; but in Him even these chains I wear are a collar of spiritual pearls to me, in which I hope to rise again through the help of Christ.
– From St. Ignatius of Antioch

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Remove the Stones

In Hank Tartlon’s Advent devotional for today, he quotes Chromatius of Aquileia:

“Hence John prepared these ways of mercy and truth, faith and justice. Concerning them, Jeremiah also declared, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good way is, and walk in it.” Because the heavenly kingdom is found along these ways, not without good reason John adds, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” So do you want the kingdom of heaven to also be near for you? Prepare these ways in you heart, in your senses and in your soul. Pave within you the way of chastity, the way of faith and the way of holiness. Build roads of justice. Remove every scandal of offense from your heart. For it is written: “Remove the stones from the road.” And then, indeed, through the thoughts of your heart and the very movements of your soul, Christ the King will enter along certain paths.” – Tractate on Matthew 8.1

I am reminded anew of how many stones there are in my heart that impeded the way of the Christ in my life. Lord, have mercy. My heart is full of the hard stones of anger, bitterness, and disappointment. Father, heal those things in me which lead me to walk down bad ways. Come, Lord Jesus come.

Amen.

“Hence John prepared these ways of mercy and truth, faith and justice. Concerning them, Jeremiah
also declared, “Stand by the roads, and look, and ask for the ancient paths, where the good
Psalm 148, 149, 150 + 114, 115 • Malachi 3:1-4
Philippians 1:1-11 • Luke 3:1-6
Sunday, December 6
Praise the Lord from the heavens
praise him in the heights
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“An Advent Gathering of Thistle Birds”
by Phaedra Jean Taylor
Encaustic collage: beeswax, found paper, colored pencil, ink, oil pastel
11×14
2009
way is, and walk in it.” Because the heavenly kingdom is found along these ways, not without
good reason John adds, “The Kingdom of heaven is near.” So do you want the kingdom of heaven
to also be near for you? Prepare these ways in you heart, in your senses and in your soul. Pave
within you the way of chastity, the way of faith and the way of holiness. Build roads of justice.
Remove every scandal of offense from your heart. For it is written: “Remove the stones from
the road.” And then, indeed, through the thoughts of your heart and the very movements of your
soul, Christ the King will enter along certain paths.” – Tractate on Matthew 8.1.

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Advent Chorale Music

Great site with great Advent music. Click here.

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End of Advent

Great article over at FT.

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