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Thursday of the Third Week of Advent (I)

December 20

O Clavis David or O Key of David
O Key of David, (Isaiah 22:22; Revelation 3:7)
and Scepter of the house of Israel (Numbers 24:17): You open and no man closes; you close and no man opens (Isaiah 22:22). * Come, and deliver him from the chains of prison who sits in darkness and in the shadow of death (Ps 107:10).

Isaiah 7:10-14; Luke 1:26-38

"The virgin shall be with child, and bear a son, and shall name him Immanuel [because "God is with us"].

The Church has always seen Isaiah's  prophecy fulfilled in the conception of Jesus in Mary's womb through the power of the Holy Spirit.  We humans will never fathom the depth of the Divine Love precipitating God's entrance into history in the womb of an insignificant Jewish virgin in an insignificant  little country.

And Immanuel, "God with us," did not merely live on our planet  two thousand years ago; He has remained with us ever since.  In baptism Immanuel is born again in us through water and the Holy Spirit.  We humans will never fathom the depth of Divine Love moving the eternal God to dwell even in our insignificant little hearts.

We know Immanuel abides in our hearts;  we  also know our hearts are often restless and dissatisfied,  dominated by personal material gratification and alienated from the Christ within.  Poignantly we realize we have not opened our hearts fully to receive Him.

But we have hope for ourselves, for there is an answer to our restlessness and dissatisfaction.  We know the answer is opening ourselves more deeply to the indwelling Christ, allowing Jesus to heal and transform all our disordered relationships, all our disordered activities. And  we cry,  "O come, O come, Immanuel."

And we have hope for our world.  In the wake of Sept. 11 we realize, perhaps as never before, how desperately our world needs divine intervention. We proclaim with Isaiah, "Say to those whose hearts are frightened; Be strong, fear not!  Here is your God, he comes with vindication; with divine recompense he comes to save you."

By Richard Hauser

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* Our Way of Life *


"Our diverse talents and abilities, our differences in culture, nationality and age are assets for the richness of the community. Although we may be engaged in a variety of ministries, we all share the common call to apostolic discipleship in a community of the Catholic Apostolate of St. Vincent Pallotti."(OWL, 91)



"Christ, the Apostle of the Eternal Father, and his mission are central to our personal and community life, giving meaning and direction to our thinking, our spirituality, our prayer, action and suffering." (OWL, 19)



"As a community of disciples we are gathered around Jesus, the Apostle of the Eternal Father. Like the first disciples, we want to be with Jesus, be sent out by him and return to him to evaluate our service in the light of his presence." (OWL, 88)



"As Pallottines, it is our special charism to foster growth in faith and love among the laity, to awaken them to awareness of their apostolic call, and to cooperate with them in furthering the apostolic mission." (OWL, 21)



"Our relationships with one another should be marked by a love that bears all, believes all and hopes for all, a love that is neither conceited nor jealous, which hurts no one, nor is embittered or resentful. It is never discouraged but remains patient and kind. It rejoices with others and shares their suffering. It is with this kind of love that we should help and support one another." (OWL, 90)