Tuesday, December 12, 2017
Find Time for Silence in Advent:
"Today we suffer from an onslaught of noise, and more than a little noise pollution! Not that noise is always bad, but it is true that the human heart, mind, and the soul longs for moments of silence. As we enter more deeply into Advent, now is a great time to learn to cultivate silence. That …"
Our Lady of Guadalupe: Patroness of the Nitty-Gritty in Life:
"She’s into everything, yammering away as she climbs and builds and rearranges. From the toy box to my desk, from the kitchen to the bathroom, from bookshelves to dog bowls, the world awaits her discovery. One morning, when I had to go outside suddenly to deal with loose sheep, I came in to find her …"
Monday, December 11, 2017
Sunday, December 10, 2017
Meet Anna Zelíková, a holy teenager who had an “apostleship of smiling”:
"Born on July 19, 1924, in what is now the Czech Republic, Anna Zelíková was a simple teenager who loved Jesus dearly. She learned of the example of St. Therese of Lisieux, who at the time was newly…"
Saturday, December 9, 2017
Scripture Speaks: Prepare Your Hearts:
" In Advent, if we ask how we can prepare for the coming of Jesus in this new liturgical year, today’s readings are loaded with answers. Gospel (Read Mk 1:1-8) At the beginning of St. Mark’s Gospel, he announces that Isaiah’s centuries-old prophecy of one who will prepare the way for the coming of the Messiah …"
Friday, December 8, 2017
The Freedom of Mary’s Immaculate Conception:
"Today the Church celebrates the great Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception. It is the day we celebrate how Our Heavenly Mother was the first to receive the merits of her Divine Son’s Paschal Mystery. Unlike us, she was conceived without the taint of Eve’s sin coursing through her. Do we contemplate this great mystery? What it …"
The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary:
"St. Ann conceived Mary, not by the power of the Holy Spirit as Jesus was conceived, but by normal means. However, when she was conceived in her mother’s womb, Mary was without the stain of original sin. This was a special grace granted by God. Truly, this was what God had willed for all mankind, …"
It’s All Grace: The Meaning of the Immaculate Conception:
"The deepest meaning of the Immaculate Conception is that it was the grace of God working mysteriously from the moment of her conception that made possible Mary’s exemplary life of faith..."
"The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is the infallibly defined dogma of the Catholic Church that "God freely chose Mary from all eternity to be the Mother of his Son. In order to carry out her mission she herself was conceived immaculate. This means that, thanks to the grace of God and in anticipation of the merits of Jesus Christ, Mary was preserved from original sin from the first instant of her conception" (Compendium of the Catechism of the Catholic Church). Chosen by God to be the Mother of the Savior and the "New Eve," Mary Immaculate is a type of the Church and the perfect model of holiness for all Christians. Mary under this title is the patroness of the United States of America, and the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation."
Thursday, December 7, 2017
"Ambrose was born in 340 in Trier, Germany, and grew up to be a very successful lawyer. He later became governor of Milan, Italy, and lived on a large estate. In 374, there was a great controversy brewing between Catholics and Arians (heretics who argued against the divinity of Christ). When the Bishop of Milan …"
Jesus Promised to the Patriarchs: An Advent Meditation:
"These are the riches hidden in these few words: “In you and in one of your race all the nations of the earth shall be blessed.”
Wednesday, December 6, 2017
from Roman Catholic Spiritual Direction:
Invitation to Sanctity:
" Invitation to Sanctity Presence of God – I place myself in the presence of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament, contemplating Him as the Redeemer and Sanctifier of my soul.
“Where sin abounded, grace did more abound” (Romans 5:20). Adam’s fall brought about the destruction of God’s plan for man’s sanctification. Our first parents, …"
The Expectancy of Advent:
"Advent couldn’t arrive at a more appropriate time of year. Just when we’re getting revved up for special parties, homemade dishes to complement fine feasts, gift shopping, and lavish decorating, the Church reminds us to be still. To listen. To wait with God and for Him. It can be agonizing to wait in silence when …"
Tuesday, December 5, 2017
Two things to remember this Advent: Now and the hour of our death
"I don’t recall who brought it to my attention, but it makes complete sense. Hail Mary, Full of Grace, The Lord is with thee. Blessed art thou among women, and blessed is the fruit of thy womb…"
The Prayer of the Heart:
by Mother Angelica
"The first Christians soon realized that if they were to persevere in the new life they were chosen to live, they had to love and love intensely. It was this element of love that made Christianity so different from any other religion. Man is a being of emotion and to live only in Faith and …"
The Patience of Mary:
" Mary has spoken in many places to different visionaries and she has imparted messages to them, calling us to conversion and repentance. She patiently waits for us to listen and respond, praying like any good mother would for her children...."
Monday, December 4, 2017
Three Simple Paths to Interior Peace:
" With these few attainable goals, I have exponentially increased my level of interior peace. That’s not to say that my life is graceful or that I never approach uncertainty with fear, because I do. It’s difficult to rid ourselves of that nasty concupiscence, which is precisely why we need salvation...."
To Forgive Another:
“Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us.” We pray these words routinely as Christians, yet their weight should give us pause. We all need forgiveness, but to offer forgiveness often feels beyond our ability. This is a serious issue: How can we be forgiven if we never learn to forgive …"
Sunday, December 3, 2017
How do I pray for someone to come back to God this Advent?
by Sister Ann Shields
Saturday, December 2, 2017
First Sunday of AdventFirst Sunday of Advent
Sunday, December 3, 2017
Gospel Reading: Mark 13:33-37
Jesus said to his disciples:
"Be watchful! Be alert!
You do not know when the time will come.
It is like a man traveling abroad.
He leaves home and places his servants in charge,
each with his own work,
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch.
you do not know when the Lord of the house is coming,
whether in the evening, or at midnight,
or at cockcrow, or in the morning.
May he not come suddenly and find you sleeping.
What I say to you, I say to all: 'Watch!'"
Friday, December 1, 2017
Scripture Speaks: Advent Watchfulness:
The Gospel reading sounds the call of Advent: Be watchful! How?
Gospel (Read Mk 13:33-37)
"During this season of Advent, let us check ourselves for drowsiness and heavy-lidded eyes; let us have ears to hear what the Church is saying: “Be alert!”...
Silence in Advent Prepares Us for the Joy of Christmas:
"Without periods of silent waiting for Christ, we will rob ourselves of the true joy of Christmas. Gifts, trees, lights, cookies, delicious dinners, and even time with friends and family are fleeting. Our joy comes from Christ alone..."