Monday, November 30, 2009

In numero et merito

An Advent thought: at the Elevation, I am minded in this season to pray the prayer Veni, Domine, Jesu, Adveniat regnum tuum, in numero et merito - "Come, Lord Jesu, Thy Kingdom come, in number and in merit" - that is, may Christ the King extend His visible empire to the whole world, that all men acknowledge Him and do Him homage by living lives fruitful in all kinds of good works and meritorious deeds, that by His grace we all be made holy as He is Holy. (This phrase, in numero et merito, derives from something the late Fr Pius Parsch wrote about Advent.)

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