Waiting Angels … Thursday, August15

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Angels deliver messages. And they wait, probably a lot.

A Rosary Meditation … The First Joyful Mystery, the Annunciation. (The following is from a homily by St. Bernard.) “You have heard, O Virgin, that you will conceive and bear a son; you have heard that it will not be by man but by the Holy Spirit. The angel awaits an answer; it is time for him to return to God who sent him. We too are waiting, O Lady, for your word of compassion; the sentence of condemnation weighs heavily upon us.The price of our salvation is offered to you. We shall be set free at once if you consent. In the eternal Word of God we all came to be, and behold, we die. In your brief response we are to be remade in order to be recalled to life.Tearful Adam with his sorrowing family begs this of you, O loving Virgin, in
their exile from Paradise. Abraham begs it, David begs it. All the other holy patriarchs, your ancestors, ask it of you, as they dwell in the country of the shadow of death. This is what the whole earth waits for, prostrate at your feet. It is right in doing so, for on your word depends comfort for the wretched, ransom for the captive, freedom for the condemned, indeed, salvation for all the sons of Adam, the whole of your race.
Answer quickly, O Virgin. Reply in haste to the angel, or rather through the angel to the Lord. Answer with a word, receive the Word of God. Speak your own word, conceive the divine Word. Breathe a passing word, embrace the eternal Word.” … God expects answers from us as well. Daily we are asked to follow Him, to give Him the proper place in our lives. How long does our Guardian Angel wait to hear the answer he’ll relay to God?

Today …

St. Tarsicius



St. Tarsicius

St. Tarsicius was an acolyte or perhaps a deacon at Rome. He was accosted and beaten to death on the Appian Way by a mob while carrying the Eucharist to some Christians in prison. The incident is included in Cardinal Wiseman’s novel “Fabiola”, and Pope Damasus wrote a poem about it. Tarsicius is the patron of first communicants.

Consider … Angels wait on God like the good servants that they are. Angels are also messengers. Messages travel both ways. They serve God by waiting for the message they’ll deliver to us. Now is the time for us to give our answer. And it’s always “now”.