The Church continues her period of waiting with John the Baptist’s admonition to “Be prepared” – something which all good scouts will remember, I’m sure. For centuries, God’s Chosen People, the Jews (and we always have to remember that Jesus Himself was a Jew) had looked forward through their prophets for the coming of the promised Messiah, the One Who would save His people from their sins, and bring them back to their Promised Land. As he points out his cousin, Jesus, he declares that there is the One so long expected.
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St. Peter Canisius (1521-1597). Born in Holland at Nijmegen, he studied in Cologne and joined the Jesuit Order, ordained 1546. He was sent to Germany where he worked to defend and strengthen the faith by his writings and preaching. His Catechism is outstanding for this. He died at Fribourg in Switzerland.
St John of Kenty (1390-1473). Born at Kenty in Crakow, he became a priest and taught for many years in the University there. Also parish priest of Olkusz. Excelling in holiness and charity to his neighbour, he was a true example to his colleagues and students.
Today the Church accentuates both God and Mary’s freedom of choice. God chose her before all eternity to be the mother of His Son … but equally, she had to choose to accept that heavy burden of being a single mother whom Joseph, her fiancé, was tempted to dismiss and break off what would be […]