Daily Mass Quotes – December 2011

Then the LORD said (to Elijah), “Go outside and stand on the mountain before the LORD; the LORD will be passing by.”  A strong and heavy wind was rending the mountains and crushing rocks before the LORD–but the LORD was not in the wind.  After the wind there was an earthquake–but the LORD was not in the earthquake.  After the earthquake there was fire–but the LORD was not in the fire.  After the fire there was a tiny whispering sound. 

When he heard this, Elijah hid his face in his cloak and went and stood at the entrance of the cave. A voice said to him, “Elijah, why are you here?”      1 Kings 19:11-13

Why are YOU here?

Was it to discover magnificent colors?  Was it to find colorful music or awesome videos?  Was it just curiosity?  Was it accidental?  Were you really looking for God, for Hope, for true LOVE somewhere in this menagerie we call the web?  Or were you just hiding in a cave, waiting on the Lord to whisper in your ear – a Word – LIFE!  Life, it’s in You!  And YOU are beautiful in the Eyes of God, no matter what the world may say or think.

You are Loved, beloved!!

Every day the Lord whispers in our ears – Words of HOPE, Words of LOVE, and maybe not even words – just His JOY in our hearts.  Let’s follow the Scriptures of our daily Mass and see if we can catch those Words – simple but beautiful Whispers to the Wind . . .

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Link for information on the day’s saints is at the bottom of this page.

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Quotes for reflection:

12-31-11
(Seventh Day of the Christmas Octave)
And the Word became flesh
and made his dwelling among us,
and we saw his glory,
the glory as of the Father’s only-begotten Son,
full of grace and truth.” Jn 1

And His Name is – JESUS !

Thank you Jesus for helping us through 2011.
Though it may have been hard at times, we know you were always there for us.
We pray, Lord, that you lead us to ways we can help those in greater need than ourselves.
And we give you thanks, as we grow always closer to you.

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Happy Birthday Carl !!!

12-30-11
(Feast of the Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph)
The Lord took Abram outside and said,
‘Look up at the sky and count the stars, if you can.
Just so,’ he added, ‘shall your descendants be.’”  Gn 15

Out of their emptiness, out of their solitude,
they would prosper.  And they would be . . .
as numerous as the stars in the sky and the sands on the seashore!
And the end result would be GREATER than anyone could ever have imagined. . .
Mary, Joseph and Jesus
returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth.
The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom;
and the favor of God was upon him.

The FAVOR of God!!!

Blessed be the family living in the Light of Jesus and the Favor of God!

12-29-11
(Fifth day of the Christmas Octave)
Whoever loves his brother remains in the light,
and there is nothing in him to cause a fall.
Whoever hates his brother is in darkness;
he walks in darkness and does not know where he is going
because the darkness has blinded his eyes.” 1 Jn 2

Simeon, in praising the Lord said,
my own eyes have seen the salvation
which you prepared in the sight of every people,
a light to reveal you to the nations”  Lk 2

That Light being Jesus, the Light of LOVE.

12-28-11
(Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs)
Joseph rose and took the child and his mother by night and departed for Egypt.

When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi,
he became furious.  He ordered the massacre of all the boys
in Bethlehem and its vicinity, two years old and under

Today we honor these children and all children who died
because of neglect, or vengeance, or greed, or hunger, or persecution,
all caused by the darkness of sin.

This is the message that we have heard from Jesus Christ . .
God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all.
If we say, “We have fellowship with him,” . . .
if we walk in the light as he is in the light,
then we have fellowship with one another,”  1 Jn 1

. . and there is NO darkness,
only LOVE.

Love a child today and always!
They are our imprint on the future.

12-27-11
(Saint John, Apostle and Evangelist)
St. John said, “What we have seen and heard
we proclaim now to you, so that you too may have fellowship with us;
for our fellowship is with the Father and with his Son, Jesus Christ.

KOINONIA

The word koinonia derives from a Greek word (κοινωνία),
meaning communion by intimate participation:
In other words, Fellowship!

As Children of God, we are all brothers and sisters in Christ.
Blessed be our fellowship!

12-26-11
(St. Stephen, Deacon and 1st Martyr)

Of St. Stephen, St. Luke said,
they could not withstand the wisdom and the spirit with which he spoke.

Jesus said, “When they hand you over,
do not worry about how you are to speak or what you are to say.
You will be given at that moment what you are to say.
For it will not be you who speak but the Spirit of your Father speaking through you.

As they were stoning Stephen, he called out ‘Lord Jesus, receive my spirit.’

And Jesus said earlier,
Blessed are you when they insult you and persecute you and
utter every kind of evil against you [falsely] because of me. 
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.

No greater Love.  No greater proof!
No greater reward!!!

12-25-11
(Solemnity of the Nativity of the Lord)
Christmas

What came to be through him was life,
and this life was the light of the human race;
the light shines in the darkness,
and the darkness has not overcome it.”  Jn 1

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The LIFE, the Light, the Hope, the Joy of
JESUS

Hark! Your sentinels raise a cry, together they shout for joy,
for they see directly, before their eyes,
the LORD”  Is 52

“Son of God” a song by
Michael W. Smith

.12-24-11
In the tender compassion of our God
the dawn from on high shall break upon us,
to shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death,
and to guide our feet into the way of peace.

A very blessed Christmas Eve to all!!!

12-23-11
The LORD spoke through the prophet Malachi (of John the Baptist),
Lo, I will send you Elijah, the prophet,
before the day of the LORD comes, the great and terrible day,
to turn the hearts of the fathers to their children,
and the hearts of the children to their fathers,

– – METANOIA – –
a total change of heart and mind to Christ

The neighbors of Elizabeth and Zechariah spoke at John’s birth,
What, then, will this child be?
For surely the hand of the Lord was with him.

For John truly was God’s messenger.
And he spoke of the coming of the Lord.

Jesus!

12-22-11
Hannah (the Prophet Samuel’s mother) said,
My heart exults in the LORD,” 1 Sm 2:1

Mary (the Mother of Jesus) said,
My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord,” Lk 1:46

. . . for, out of what (we thought) was ‘Nothing,’
You have made (what is even greater than) ‘Something.’

L I F E !!!

Blessed Life!

12-21-11
Arise, my beloved, my beautiful one, and come!” Sg 2

Elizabeth said, “Blessed are you who believed
that what was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

Arise, beloved, as Christmas draws near, Come.
The Lord of Love awaits you!!!

12-20-11
the Lord himself will give you this sign:
the virgin shall conceive and bear a son,
and shall name him Emmanuel.” Is 7:10-14

Emmanuel or Imanu’el (Hebrew עִמָּנוּאֵל “God [is] with us
consists of two Hebrew words: אֵל (’El, meaning ‘God’) and
עִמָּנוּ (ʻImmānū, meaning ‘with us’)

O Come, O Come Emmanuel….

12-19-11
The angel said, “Though you are barren and have had no children,
yet you will conceive and bear a son.

The woman bore a son and named him Samson.

Your wife Elizabeth will bear you a son, and you shall name him John.

Though your Life may seem barren, have Faith in God,
and Love will be conceived in your heart,
and His Name is Jesus.

Have faith and wait patiently on the Lord,
for nothing is impossible for God!

12-18-11
(Fourth Sunday of Advent)
The angel said, “the child to be born will be called holy, the Son of God.

Jesus!

12-17-11
Thus the total number of generations
from Abraham to David is fourteen generations;
from David to the Babylonian exile, fourteen generations;
from the Babylonian exile to the Christ, fourteen generations.” Mt 1

42 generations!  Do we even know 4-5 generations preceding us?
Yet, we do know that at some point back there, we are all descendents of Noah.
We are all brothers and sisters in the Lord!
“God love you!”

12-16-11
Jesus said, “John was a burning and shining lamp,
and for a while you were content to rejoice in his light.
But I have testimony greater than John’s.

John’s burning and shining lamp cleansed them and opened the eyes of their hearts.
Jesus’ burning and shining lamp cleanses the soul, strengthens the spirit,
heals the body and sharpens the mind – for the Kingdom of God,
to which we all have access, through Jesus.
Come, beloved!

12-15-11
Though the mountains leave their place and the hills be shaken,
My love shall never leave you nor my covenant of peace be shaken,
says the LORD, who has mercy on you.”     Is 54

What greater Hope!  What greater Love!
PRAISE Him!

12-14-11
(St. John of the Cross)
I am the LORD, there is no other;

Jesus said, “blessed is the one who takes no offense at me.

MAKARIOS!

12-13-11
(St. Lucy, martyr, b.283AD)

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Look to him that you may be radiant with joy,
and your faces may not blush with shame.” Ps 34

Jesus said, “…change your minds and believe him.

Be RIGHT, see the LIGHT, climb the HEIGHT
and experience His MIGHT.

JESUS!

12-12-11
(Our Lady of Guadalupe)


Elizabeth said to Mary,
Blessed are you who believed that what
was spoken to you by the Lord would be fulfilled.

Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!

Blessed are YOU who believe!

BELIEVE!

12-11-11
(Gaudete Sunday – Third Sunday of Advent)

Isaiah said, “I rejoice heartily in the LORD,
Mary said, “.. my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
St. Paul said, “Brothers and sisters: Rejoice always.

John’s Gospel, “A man named John was sent from God.
He came for testimony, to testify to the light,
so that all might believe through him.

When our souls, beloved, find their rest in God alone,
then will our spirits rejoice in Jesus, our Lord and Savior!

REJOICE!

12-10-11
In those days, like a fire there appeared the prophet Elijah
whose words were as a flaming furnace.”  Sirach 48

Jesus said, “I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him..

Like John the Baptist, Elijah, the messenger warned and announced
HIS coming.  Like whispers to the wind.
Did anyone listen?

Is anyone – “Listening still?”
(lyrics to Don McLean’s “Vincent”) 

12-09-11
I, the LORD, your God, teach you what is for your good,
and lead you on the way you should go.”  Is 48

Jesus described the duplicity and hypocrisy of certain people, with the example,
We played the flute for you, but you did not dance,
we sang a dirge but you did not mourn.

Always complaining, they just weren’t satisfied with anything.
Too hot, too cold, too happy, too sad….
And even when Truth strikes them in the face,
they still don’t believe.

And Jesus said,
But wisdom is vindicated by her works.

Incontestable is the reconciled sinner, the flocking crowds, the healed blind man
and the walking lame.  Beware duplicity and hypocrisy, beloved,
but learn from the Lord and always follow His way, and…

. . your prosperity would be like a river,
and your vindication like the waves of the sea;

For, You are our beloved!

12-08-11
(The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary)

Immaculate Conception

…and the virgin’s name was Mary.

And the angel said,
Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with you. …
Do not be afraid, Mary,
. . .  The Holy Spirit will come upon you,

. . . you shall name him Jesus.
. . . for nothing will be impossible for God.

Mary said, ‘Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord.
May it be done to me according to your word.’

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Pop-quiz of the week:  Is the Immaculate Conception the birth of Jesus?

The Immaculate Conception refers to the sinless nature of Mary
from the very moment of her conception in the womb of Anna her mother.
Mary was conceived without original sin.   (Catechism of the Catholic Church, 491)

The birth of Jesus is called the Incarnation –
God has come in the flesh –
Jesus Christ, the Son, is true God and true man. (CCC 464)

.The great privilege of Mary’s Immaculate Conception was defended by a Franciscan priest and theologian named
Bl. John Duns Scotus
in the 13th century.

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary was proclaimed as a dogma of the Church by Pope Pius IX in 1854.

Four years later, in Lourdes, France, a 14-year young woman named Bernadette Soubirous had 18 visions of the Blessed Virgin Mary.  According to St. Bernadette’s account, during the 16th vision, she again asked the woman her name but the lady just smiled back. She repeated the question three more times and finally heard the lady say,
“I am the Immaculate Conception.”

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.12-07-11
(St. Ambrose)
Jesus said, “Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened,
and I will give you rest.  Take my yoke upon you and learn from me,
for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves.
For my yoke is easy, and my burden light.”  Mt 11:28-30

W  H  I  S  P  E  R  S
come beloved, rest a while
in humble love

12-06-11
(St. Nicholas)
Jesus said, “If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them goes astray,
will he not leave the ninety-nine in the hills and go in search of the stray?

There it is!  The difference between a Christian and the world.
The world could care less for the One, when it still has the ninety-nine in its pocket!
Where are you, beloved One?
Come back home to the comfort of His love.
We miss you!!!

Happy St. Nicholas day!!

12-05-11
Upon Jesus’ healing of the paralyzed man,
astonishment seized them all and they glorified God,”

First objection, then rejection, then refutation,
then observation, revelation, awe and glorification!

The process of CONVERSION!
Jesus IS Lord!

12-04-11
(Second Sunday of Advent)
I am sending my messenger ahead of you;
he will prepare your way.

Boots, gloves, coat, hat, water, food, sleeping bag, tent, extra socks, Bible…
Clean heart, no sins, Love, patience, forgiveness, generosity…
… and Jesus.  Let’s go!

Also see today’s Homily – “The Pop-Quiz

12-03-11
Jesus said, “At the sight of the crowds, his heart was moved with pity for them
because they were troubled and abandoned,

Surely not I Lord!
Why is it so hard to admit that we truly are – “troubled and abandoned.”
Take no pity on me.  For it’s my own fault that I am simply the refuse of a greedy, corporate society.  That the world says I’m too old to employ.  That I feel like a failure to everyone around me.  That all my words are just whispers to the wind.
Yes, no pity-party here!
But in Jesus’ day there were “crowds” of these people!
So glad we’re not like them!

Pray Lord for our souls, please…

12-02-11
Jesus said, “Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

The LORD is my light and my salvation;” Ps 27

Yes, I can see the bounty of the Lord in the land of the living.
Help me Lord, to truly Live.
My faith says that You are the only One who can!!!
Open these eyes!

12-01-11
Trust in the LORD forever!  For the LORD is an eternal Rock.” (Is 26)

Blessed is he who comes in the name of the LORD” (Ps 118)

Jesus said, “Everyone who listens to these words of mine
and acts on them
will be like a wise man who built his house on rock.  
The rain fell, the floods came, and the winds blew and buffeted the house.  

But it did not collapse; it had been set solidly on rock.

No wind, no rain, no quake, no flake can keep me away from You, my Lord!
You are my Rock of salvation, forever.
TRUST!

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EARLIER MONTH’S QUOTES  under the “The Lord’s Page
in monthly subcategories of – “Whispers to the Wind
entitled “Daily Mass Quotes” (DMQs)

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Link to Following Month’s DMQs

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