May all of you have a happy Thanksgiving. You know what you should be grateful for--and there's plenty.
And--beginning Sunday--have a blessed Advent. Yes, it IS penitential.
The first words of the first Mass of Advent are these:
Ad te levavi animam meam: Deus meus, in te confido, non erubecam: neque
irrideant me inimici mei: etenim universi, qui te exspectant, non
confundentur. (Psalm) Vias tuas, Domine, demonstra mihi: et semitas tuas
(Not that you'll hear that in 95++% of Catholic churches; at best, you'll get "O Come, O Come, Emmanuel". That's because 95++% of Catholic priests these days don't understand the Roman liturgy.)
But for those of us who take text seriously, because text is "word" and Word, here's the English:
To Thee I lifted up my soul: in Thee, O my God, I put my trust, let me
not be ashamed: neither let my enemies laugh at me: for none of them
that wait on Thee shall be confounded. (Psalm) Show, O Lord, Thy ways to
me: and teach my Thy paths.
And of course, we are 'shown His ways' beginning on Christmas.
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