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Here are this week’s must-reads:

+ “From the Incarnation to the Ascension, the life of the Word incarnate is surrounded by the adoration and service of angels. When God “brings (His Son) into the world, he says: ‘Let all God’s angels worship him.'” Their song of praise at the birth of Christ has not ceased resounding in the Church’s praise: “Glory to God in the highest!” They protect Jesus in his infancy, serve him in the desert, strengthen him in his agony in the garden…(CCC 333)

+ “The Blessed Mother comes instantly to your side to pray with you. And she does not come alone. She brings angels with her. And not just one or two for she is the Queen of Angels, so choirs of angels come with her. And she and Jesus are joined at the heart and cannot be separated so she brings Jesus with her… ” — here

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+ “I think, in Advents past, there were times where I felt like Gaudete Sunday was bright siding me. I would hear Saint Paul’s instructions to “Rejoice always,” I would see the rose vestments and rose candles, I would repeat the words of the Responsorial Psalm, “My soul rejoices in my God,” and I would feel like I was being told to ignore my pain. In seasons of loneliness, loss, and infertility, I didn’t see how I could just rejoice.

“But mourning someone who no amount of praying can bring back and grieving a way of life—a way of being—that no amount of grace can restore, has started shifting my vision. The more I look beyond this life for a fix for my pain, the more I see how the Church is doing the very opposite of “bright siding.” She’s not telling us to rejoice despite the pain or to rejoice in the pain. She’s telling us to rejoice because of the pain. It’s the pain that makes the promises of the Babe in Bethlehem so powerful. It’s the pain that makes His coming so sweet.” — Emily Stimpson Chapman

+ “This isn’t how it was supposed to be.” “I feel like if anyone knows this feeling in the depth of his soul, it has to be St. Joseph as he’s being rejected door after door and finally has to lead Mary, pregnant with the Savior of the world, to a manger. Surely, the self-doubt and self-accusation surrounded him and tried to get a hold in his mind and heart. But also, surely through prayer, and through the encouragement he saw in Mary’s face, he remained firmly rooted in the Father’s love and trusted in His providence… Go to Joseph who knows what it means to receive encouragement and who has much encouragement to give us as we struggle to put all of the pieces together.” — CFR podcast

+ “They believed that if God has not redeemed the situation, then God wasn’t done yet.”Bianca Juarez-Olthoff

+ “The Catechism says that humility is the foundation of prayer. And we know that prayer is a relationship. So John the Baptist shows us this way of growing closer to the Lord by acknowledging who He is and who we are.” — here

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