Fr. Vic Gournas
November 29, 2022
Infant of Prague Advent Penance Service:
Wednesday Night, November 30, at 6:30pm
When we unite with Jesus; only then may we begin the path to fulfillment and interior peace as children of the Day and of the Light / Welcome to Advent.
-Isaiah: The Apostolic Church is where all will stream to find Truth and the Light.
-There we find the tools to be awake and see our spiritual lives with clarity / Truly seeing right from wrong and day from night / Seeking the infant Jesus we are Baptized into the Day, and become children of the Light.
-Romans: The Day (Represents the time of light) found in the Incarnation / The Night (The time of Ignorance) as the evil one wants to confuse the world as to what is true, good, and beautiful.
-Romans and Matthew: Let us prepare for the 2 comings of the Lord.
-Advent is a time to make ready and prepare for the Day of the Lord / TO BECOME CHILDREN OF THE DAY AND IN THE LIGHT.
-Jesus never reveals the exact time of His 2nd Coming so we will be vigilant and prepared by staying awake every day / MAY WE REMAIN WATCHFUL DAILY.
-An Essential Element to Christian Watchfulness is:
-An Examination of Conscience: The first way to do this: daily look at how we are handling the (***7 deadly sins) / Way number 2: is to go through the 10 Commandments / Way number 3: is to look at where God was absent or present during our daily conversations, activities etc.
-Being Watchful by including a “daily examination of conscience” allows us to be spiritually aware and healthy / Leading us to Confession and being in “The State of Grace / Confession / Leads to strength and confidence / (Light and knowledge).
-This is a great weapon against the evil one.
***The way to remember the 7 Deadly sins is by “PALE GAS” And each vice has an opposite Virtue to combat it and overcome its negative influences in our lives.
7 Deadly Sins Virtues
Pride Humility P
Anger: Wrath Meekness A
Lust Chastity L
Envy Charity, Kindness E
Gluttony Abstinence, Temperance G
Avarice: Greed Generosity A
Sloth Diligence S
-As we are Open to Grace, may we be ready and confident each day / And Ready for the Coming of the Lord
By making a daily examination of conscience:
-We begin Noticing how to really have the freedom of our time / healing the vices.
-Not allowing pleasure to be the center.
-Thanking God for helping us to be free (Thanksgiving).
-Before the Day of Justice I am sending the Day of Mercy (Diary, 1588)
-JESUS DELIGHTS IN VISITING US / ENVELOPING US IN HIS MERCY.