Tuesday, November 24, 2015

"He Must Increase, but I Must Decrease" (John 3:30)

How do we do this? How do we become smaller?  If we are praying and contemplating the third joyful mystery of the Rosary, the Birth of Our Lord, the fruit of this mystery is poverty.

This poverty is not loss of earthly wealth, instead it is a gift.  It is a desire within the soul for things above and not of this earth.  When one begins to think less and less of the things of the earth and the flesh then ones heart begins to be focused on its permanent home in heaven.  As Jesus is born in our hearts we think less and less of ourselves and more and more about Him.  We should not worry about how this transformation takes place.  Rather we should quiet ourselves and pick up our Rosary.  In contemplating the birth of Our Lord and the mysteries of the Rosary our hearts will be transformed to do just as St. John the Baptist said, "He must increase but I must decrease".

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