Advent Week 3

We continue our Advent series with thoughts by St. Francis de Sales on the Incarnation, from his sermons. This week we focus on Blessed Mother and her unique role in the Incarnation of her Son.

Sunday “At the moment the glorious Virgin gave her consent,the Holy Spirit formed the Savior’s body,and at the same time, His most holy soul came to animate it.(St Francis de Sales Sermon, Dec 24, 1620)

Monday

The loving sighs of Our Lady advanced the Incarnation of Our Lord, according to the ancient Doctors.(Jan 1621)St Francis de Sales

Tuesday

In His eternity He had foreseen that the Holy Virgin would implore Him to hasten the moment of His coming into the world and that He would hearken to her prayer.(Jan 1621)St Francis de Sales

Wednesday

The Fathers considering this word of the Song of Songs , “Let him kiss me with the kiss of his mouth,”  say that this kiss is nothing else but the accomplishment of the Mystery of the Lords Incarnation. This kiss was granted to Our Lady who merits the name of  spouse par excellence.(Mar 25 1621) St Francis de Sales

Thursday

The divine union of the Eternal Word with human nature  was made in the sacred womb of our glorious Virgin.( Mar 25 1621) St Francis de Sales

Friday

Our most glorious Mother practiced these two virtues, charity and humility, in a sovereign degree at the time of the Incarnation. (Jul 1621) St Francis de Sales

Saturday

When Blessed Mother said, “let it be done to me you say,” at that ,moment the divine Word took flesh in her virginal womb and she became the Mother of God. (Jul 1621 )St Francis de Sales

 

Christmas Greetings from Visitandines in Mexico

 

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Christmas reveals the immense love of God for humanity. From this derives the enthusiasm, the hope of us Christians who, in our poverty, know that we are loved, visited, accompanied by God

 

May the joy of the announcement of the Angel to the shepherds, for the birth of the Savior, flood their hearts this Christmas; and may the light of the glory of the Lord that enveloped them illuminate their walk in the year that is beginning.

 

They are the wishes made prayer of their Sisters of the Visitation of Santa Maria in Aguascalientes, Ags. Mexico.

 

¡MERRY CHRISTMAS AND A NEW YEAR FULL OF BLESSINGS!

 

GOD BE BLESSED

 

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Understanding the role and function of our souls

Now that we finished going through An Introduction to the Devout Life, we are going to move into Saint Francis’ Treatise on the Love of God. This time around we will have accompanying videos and reflections to give you a new way to embrace his timeless wisdom. We begin with with Francis’s Understanding of Human Nature.

An Oblate of St Francis de Sales explains the saint’s “Treatise”

Governing all the faculties of the soul

1. Passions are our instincts in which we try to get things that we perceive as good and avoid things that we perceive as painful or bad. Our passions move us toward pleasure, power, achievements, or love and away from danger or pain. Here are two examples of our passions, or instinctive responses, from daily life:

•  Thomas sees Jane walking down the street and stares at her (because he senses she is beautiful)

•  I touch a pot of boiling water and immediately scream and pull my hand away (because my burned hand tells me the water is very hot).

•   Can you think of two more examples of passions, or instinctive responses, from your own life?

2. Affections are my rational thoughts in which I try to get things that I reason are good and avoid things that I reason are painful or bad. My affections move me toward pleasure, power, achievements, or love and away from danger or pain. Here are two examples of our affections, or reasoned responses, from daily life:

•  A college student decides to study on a Thursday night (because he has a test on Friday and studying will help him do well).

•  A daughter picks up the phone and calls her mother (because she believes that close family relationships are good things).

•   Can you think of two more examples of affections, or reasoned responses, from your own life?

3. St. Francis de Sales recognizes the complexity of human nature and views it as being composed of both rational and non-rational parts. Like animals, human beings are composed of instinctual drives, which Francis calls “appetites” and “passions” that serve to keep the human being alive. Unlike animals, human beings are also rational and have an intellect and will. The intellect seeks knowledge and truth while the will seeks what is believes to be good. Francis is quite clear, however, that while we are rational beings, we can also act irrationally. In other words, just because we can “know” what is good, does not always mean that we choose to do it. Do you find Francis’ view of human nature to be a helpful one both personally and pastorally? Why or why not?

4. St. Francis de Sales speaks about the soul having three parts: an inferior part that relies on senses and instincts, a superior part that relies on reason and intellect, and as supreme part in which the soul is aware of the reality of God and, through grace, can freely respond to God. Do you think this is an optimistic or pessimistic view of human nature? Why?

For Saint Francis’ own words, you can read the chapter here.

Click to watch the above video reflection.

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