Please fast and pray every Thursday for the renewal of the Catholic Church in America. Please note: The Cybersociety will fast on Fridays beginning January 2013, in accordance with ancient custom.

Thursday, December 27, 2012

"Today God is still mysterious; indeed, he seems to have a special kind of obscurity in store for each person's life." --Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger

"...the dawn from on high shall break upon us..." --Canticle of Zechariah

Thursday, December 20, 2012




Herod the King, in his raging,
Charged he hath this day;
His men of might, in his own sight,
All children young, to slay.


"All children young, to slay." God, have mercy on us!

Pray for all the slaughtered innocents, born and unborn.

Thursday, December 13, 2012

Light-bearer

See, the days will not dawn for piety,
     and the nights are dark with awe.

 I will kindle lights, O my soul,
      I will kindle joy to all the ends of your humanity:

Hail to her who carried the Lord!
                        --Gertrude von Le Fort, Hymns to the Church

Thursday, December 6, 2012

Advent




"But it [is] wrong to make Advent a sort of sentimental preview of Christmas....Advent is really a continuation of the Church's autumn season, her preparation for the Saviour's return. In this light Christmas and Epiphany are one great feast oriented to the parousia." (Pius Parsch, The Church's Year of Grace)

Yes, the parousia. The Second Coming. The end times. The final judgment. When you pray your Advent prayers, that's what you're praying for. But judgment as the prophets yearned for it: the universe set aright.

Isaiah 26:9 -- My soul yearns for you in the night, yes, my spirit within me keeps vigil for you; when your judgment dawns upon the earth, the world's inhabitants learn justice. 

"Ever since Christianity came into the world, it has been, in one sense, going out of it. It is so uncongenial to the human mind, it is so spiritual, and man is so earthly, it is apparently so defenceless, and has so many strong enemies, so many false friends, that every age, as it comes, may be called 'the last time'. It has made great conquests, and done great works; but still it has done all, as the Apostle says of himself, 'in weakness, and in fear, and in much trembling'. How it is that it is always failing, yet always continuing, God only knows who wills it--but so it is; and it is no paradox to say...it may last many years more, and yet...is likely to end any day." (From a sermon preached by Bl. John Henry Cardinal Newman, December 6, 1840)