Monthly Archives: December 2012

IN THE REAR VIEW (reflections): THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 2.

Chapter 2: Distrust of Self (click to read) This chapter, at the very core of the teaching of The Spiritual Combat, goes against many modern views of ‘The Self’ or ‘Positive Thinking’ or ‘Liking Me’.  The purpose of the chapter on Distrust of Self is to establish the goodness of God as the fountain head […]

December 24

IN THE REAR VIEW (reflections): THE SPIRITUAL COMBAT, 1.

“He does not receive the Victor’s Crown unless he fights well.” – 2 Timothy 2:5. This is the theme verse of an intense work on the interior life of the Christian man. The work The Spiritual Combat (read here) begins this way: “Would you attain in Christ the height of perfection, and by a nearer […]

December 23

Christmas Sermon: VICTORIOUS IN HIM

What follows is a Christmas sermon which can assist a reflection during this most sacred time of year.  He is the King! He is the King! VICTORIOUS IN HIM You were slaves and now you are free. You were walking in a valley of sorrow, now He has brought joy to your steps. You were […]

December 23

What If God Was One Of Us? … On Jesus Taking A Human Nature

“The Saviour having in very truth become Man, the salvation of THE WHOLE MAN was brought about.” – St. Athanasius, Letter to Epictetus. “Truly our salvation is not merely apparent, nor does it extend to the body only, but the whole man, body and soul alike, has truly obtained salvation in the Word Himself.  That […]

December 23

Empty Manger

WE LONG FOR YOUR COMING! COME QUICKLY! Beautifully Sung Latin: Veni, veni Emmanuel, Captivum solve Israel, Qui gemit in exilio Privatus Dei Filio. Gaude, gaude! Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, o Jesse Virgula; Ex hostis tuos ungula, De specu tuos tartari Deduc et antro barathri. Gaude, gaude! Emmanuel nascetur pro te, Israel. Veni, veni, […]

December 22

Mary Bearing Jesus // What This Priest Wants For Christmas (Audio Sermon)

Mary is the model disciple. Therefore, our imitation of her draws us into the most sublime and perfect imitation of our Saviour. The following sermon is based on Luke 1 and Hebrews 10:5-10. It is from the 4th Sunday of Advent, 2012. 4th Sunday of Advent, 2012 Sermon: What This Priest Wants For Christmas AUDIO […]

December 22

Jesus is Coming Soon!

The ‘O’ Antiphons help us prepare for the coming of Jesus at Christmas. They speak a message launched backwards from Christmas “I will come tomorrow.” A great meditation as we prepare for His coming.