Giving and receiving. Which comes first? … Thursday, August 22

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997)...

Mother Teresa of Calcutta (26.8.1919-5.9.1997); at a pro-life meeting in 1986 in Bonn, Germany. Giving and living (Pro-Life) are synonymous.

A Rosary Meditation … The Third Joyful Mystery, the Nativity. “It is Christmas every time you let God love others through you … yes, it is Christmas every time you smile at your brother and offer him your hand.” ~ Mother Teresa. Mary gave of herself in giving herself over, always, to God and being mother to the Messiah. Saint Joseph gave of himself in trusting that this Child was special and the mother pure. The shepherds gave of themselves as they shared with others their experience with angels on the hillside and Christ in the manger. The Kings from the East gave of themselves both by sharing their material goods and their willing adoration of the Promised One. And all of this sharing, all of this giving, has its beginning in God sharing Himself with all of these, and with all of us. The next time someone complains that Christmas is now-a-days nothing more than a commercial venture (and its true that the world tries to make it so) remind them that the real experience of the Nativity is found in the giving of self, and whats more important, the receiving of Him. And everyday, not just December 25th, is a day to keep this truth in both mind and heart.

Today …

St. Sigfrid

St. Sigfrid

Sigfrid, who died in the year 690, was a deacon at Wearmouth Abbey. He was known for his knowledge of scripture and for his frail health. He was elected coadjutor abbot in 688 on the death of St. Erstwine while Abbot St. Benedict Biscop was in Rome. Sigfrid died soon after St. Benedict.

Consider … All saints give. All saints give because they first receive. To be a saint we must learn to do both in proper order.

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  1. OK, when I wrote this I posted it as the Third Glorious Mystery. It should’ve been Joyful. I changed it here, but it went out to subscribers the other way ’round. *sigh* So if you think you’re confused you’re right about the confused part its just not you who’s confused, its me.Confusing, isn’t it? I keep telling my doctors that this thing (brain) doesn’t work the way it did before the chemo but they don’t seem to believe it. Maybe I should subscribe them to the blog???

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