Monday of the Third week of Advent

Incline a merciful ear to our cry, we pray, O Lord, and, casting light on the darkness of our hearts, visit us with the grace of your Son. Who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

The brightness of God’s grace is spectacular. It can shine brightly into all of the recesses of one’s heart. However, when a person welcomes God’s grace into his heart, he cannot simultaneously hold onto the darkness. The enlightening of a person’s heart does not frequently take place all at once; this is the work of ongoing conversion. Once God’s prevenient graces enter a heart, utter darkness seems a mere shadow. The big areas of darkness are removed by repentance and conversion. As a person comes to enter more deeply into God’s friendship, the lesser areas of darkness come to light and are removed. Consciously holding onto any sort of darkness in one’s heart is incompatible with growth in holiness or the enlightening of his heart. In practice, this means that a person lives with greater virtue and less vice as they progress through life.

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I did not post the “Weekly Euchology” yesterday on account of not getting it written in advance of a busy weekend. I hope to be caught up with my parochial responsibilities by this afternoon, and perhaps a bit ahead by this evening. Tomorrow, I will post some pictures from along the Merrimack River in Lowell as a distraction from the snow that has fallen here (and is predicted to fall tomorrow). I hope that you are joyful in anticipation of Christmas!

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