Hoy inicia la Novena a Santo Tomás de Aquino, patrono de la educación católica

El próximo 28 de enero la Iglesia celebrará la Fiesta de Santo Tomás de Aquino, religioso dominico y Doctor de la Iglesia que escribió la insigne obra “Suma Teológica”, considerado además Patrono de la educación católica. Source: Hoy inicia la Novena a Santo Tomás de Aquino, patrono de la educación católicaShare this:Click to share on Tumblr (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pinterest (Opens in new window)Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new...

EWTN 2019 Christmas Novena Day 9

Day Nine: The Birth of Jesus in the Stable of Bethlehem Thought When the edict was issued by the emperor of Rome that everyone should go to his own city to be enrolled, Joseph and Mary went to be enrolled in Bethlehem. How much the Holy Virgin must have suffered on this journey of four days, over mountainous road and in the wintertime, with its cold rain and wind! When they arrived in Bethlehem, the time of Mary’s delivery was near. Joseph, therefore, sought some lodging where she might give birth to her Child. But because they were so poor, they were driven away from the houses and even from the public inn, where other poor people had found shelter. So in that night they went a short way out of the town and there found a cave that was used as a stable, and here Mary entered. But Joseph said to his virgin wife, ‘Mary, how can you spend the night in this cold, damp cave and here give birth to your Child?’ Mary however replied, ‘Dear Joseph, this cave is the royal palace in which the King of kings, the Son of God, wishes to be born.’...

EWTN 2019 Christmas Novena Day 8

Day Eight: The Life of the Child Jesus in Egypt and in Nazareth Thought Our Blessed Redeemer spent the first part of His childhood in Egypt, leading there for several years a life of poverty and humiliation. In that land Joseph and Mary were foreigners and strangers, having there neither relatives nor friends. Only with difficulty could they earn their daily bread by the labor of their hands. Their home was poor, their bed was poor, their food was poor. Here Mary weaned Jesus; dipping a piece of bread in water, she would put it in the sacred mouth of her Son. Here she made His first little garments and clothed Him with them. Here the Child Jesus took His first steps, stumbling and falling as other children first do. Here too He spoke His first words, but stammeringly. O wonder of wonders! To what has not God lowered Himself for love of us! A God stumbling and falling as He walks! A God stammering in His speech! Not unlike this was the poor and humble life that Jesus led in Nazareth after His return from Egypt. There, until He was thirty years old, He lived as a simple...

EWTN 2019 Christmas Novena

Day Seven: Flight of the Child Jesus into Egypt Thought Although the Son of God came from heaven to save men, scarcely was He born when men began to persecute Him to death. Herod, fearing that this Child would deprive Him of his kingdom, seeks to destroy His life. But St. Joseph is warned by an angel in a dream to take the Infant and His Mother and flee into Egypt. Joseph obeys at once, and tells Mary about it. He takes the few tools of his trade, that he may use them to gain a livelihood in Egypt for himself and his poor family. Mary wraps up a small bundle of clothes for the use of her little Son, and then, going to the crib, she says with tears in her eyes to her sleeping Child, ‘O my Son and my God! Thou hast come from heaven to save men; but hardly art Thou born when they seek to take Thy life.’ Lifting Him meanwhile in her arms and continuing to weep, she sets out that same night with Joseph on the road to Egypt. Let us consider how much these holy wanderers must have suffered in making...

Day Six: God’s Mercy Revealed in His Coming down from Heaven to Save Us Thought Saint Paul says, ‘The goodness and kindness of God, our Savior, has appeared.’ When the Son of God made Man appear on earth, then was it seen how great is God’s goodness towards us. Saint Bernard says that first God’s power was manifested in the creation of the world and His wisdom in its conservation, but His merciful goodness was especially manifested later in His taking human nature on Himself, in order to save fallen mankind by His sufferings and death. For what greater proof of His kindness towards us could the Son of God show us than in taking on Himself the punishment we had deserved? See Him as a weak, newborn infant, wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger. Unable to move or feed Himself, He has need of Mary to give Him a little milk to sustain His life. Or see Him again in Pilate’s courtyard, tied with fast bonds to a column and there scourged from head to foot. Behold Him on the way to Calvary, falling down from weakness under weight of the cross that He must...

EWTN 2019 Christmas Novena Day 4

Day Four: The Life of Humiliation which Jesus Led from His Birth Thought The Sign which the angel gave the shepherds to help them find the newborn Savior, points to His lowliness: ‘This shall be a sign to you: you will find an infant wrapped in swaddling clothes and lying in a manger.’ No other newborn baby who was wrapped in poor swaddling clothes and lying in a manger, a feeding trough for animals, could be found anywhere else but in a stable. Thus in lowliness the King of heaven, the Son of God, chose to be born, because He came to destroy the pride that had been the cause of man’s ruin. The prophets had already foretold that our Redeemer was to be treated as the vilest of men on earth and that He was to be overwhelmed with insults. How much contempt had not Jesus indeed to suffer from men! He was called a drunkard, a trickster, a blasphemer and a heretic. What ignominies He endured in His Passion! His own disciples abandoned Him; one of them sold Him for thirty pieces of silver, and another denied having ever known Him. He was led in bonds through...
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