S e n t i r e C u m E c c l e s i a

"To keep ourselves right in all things, we ought to hold fast to this principle: What seems to me to be white, I will believe to be black if the hierarchical Church thus determines it. For we believe that between Christ our Lord, the Bridegroom, and the Church, His Spouse, there is the one same Spirit who governs and guides us for the salvation of our souls..." - Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius [365]

Saturday, December 09, 2006

Salvation is at Hand!

The Church today presents to us the figure of St. John the Baptist. The Baptist is a key figure in the season of advent being the precursor of the coming of the Messiah. And the Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent presents him baptizing people in the river Jordan. He preaches and with the preaching comes the baptism of repentance and the forgiveness of sins. The Baptist reminds the people that they need to reform their lives for the Messiah has come! The Messiah has pitched His tent among us, right in our very midst! SALVATION IS AT HAND!
We are invited today and throughout the season of advent to repent and be sorry for our faults for indeed, our salvation is at hand!
Let us pray then that we may have the deeper appreciation of our Baptism, and that indeed we may live out the graces of the Sacrament. Amen.


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