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Sing and rejoice, O daughter Zion!
See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.

Silence, all mankind, in the presence of the LORD!
For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

(Zechariah 2: 14, 17)

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Photo URL: https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Virgen_de_guadalupe1.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

Bible Text: New American Bible; http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/121217.cfm

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O most Holy Virgin, immaculate in body and spirit,
look kindly on me as I implore your powerful intercession.

O most Holy Mother, receive my prayers as I present them to God.

O Mary, Mother of Jesus and our Mother, you intercede for us with your Son.

O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have recourse to thee.  Amen.

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Bartolomé Esteban Murillo.  Immaculate of Soult.  https://commons.m.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Murillo_immaculate_conception.jpg#mw-jump-to-license

Prayer of St. Ambrose

Today is the Memorial of St. Ambrose of Milan.  His prayer seems very appropriate to the Advent season, and in some ways reminds me of the conversion of Ebenezer Scrooge (let us remember that love of God and love of neighbor are inseparable):

O Lord, who hast mercy upon all,
take away from me my sins,
and mercifully kindle in me
the fire of thy Holy Spirit.
Take away from me the heart of stone,
and give me a heart of flesh,
a heart to love and adore Thee,
a heart to delight in Thee,
to follow and enjoy Thee, for Christ’s sake,
Amen.

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O good St. Nicholas, you who are the joy of children, put in my heart the spirit of childhood, which the Gospel speaks, and teach me to seed happiness around me.  You, whose feast prepares us for Christmas, open my faith to the mystery of God made man.  You good bishop and shepherd, help me to find my place in the Church and inspire the Church to be faithful to the Gospel.  O good Saint Nicholas, patron of children, sailors and the helpless, watch over those who pray to Jesus, your Lord and theirs, as well as over those who humble themselves before you.  Bring us all in reverence to the Holy Child of Bethlehem, when true joy and peace are found.  Amen.

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Bjoertvedt.   24 November 2010.   Russian icon depicting St Nicholas with scenes from his life. Late 1400s or early 1500s. National Museum, Stockholm ( NMI 272).

I’m not sure where to begin with this one.

I suppose I could start by noting the paradox of it: A condition traditionally associated with an excess of logical thinking, and concomitant deficit in affect, is here being linked to magical thinking.

On the other hand, neither is the image of the ethereal autistic child and her faraway gaze Continue Reading »

It’s amazing, isn’t it?  Those who endure the greatest trials often ask for the simplest things, at the least cost to the potential givers.

 

This is something I published over a year ago on my now defunct autism website, Forming HorizonsDavid Snape was kind enough to reblog it shortly after, giving it greater exposure than it would otherwise have enjoyed.

Here it is now, edited and trimmed a bit, for my Into the Dance readership: Continue Reading »