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Holy weekend


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Almost holy week


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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They have mass on tv..ewtn..
Here mass canceled too but, bishop doing mass on tv..live..facebook..
You tube has mass...

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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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our bishop cancelled all masses for the next 4- 6 weeks in our diocese out of virus fear. my faith is shaken right now. ive never missed easter services before. our governor is forcing businesses to close and i am concerned there may be violence at the few stores that are left. so far it is just fear and chaos. schools re cliose to the end of the year. some peop0le may be unable to graduate because they can't finish their classes or any projects that require contact with people. there is talk of graduation ceremonies being canceled. the food pantries are running out of items and the stores have empty saisles so we cant replenish them.

i fear for people who are lonely and suicidal. the dont have a way of getting help because many of the churches are closed..

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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our deanery had something called 24 hours for christ. starting at 3pm yesterday till 3 pm today several of the priests met at 1 church to hear confessions. they took shifts so there were 3-4 priests available at a time to hear confession. this way priests dont have to make as many appointments to hear confessions.

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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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It is a cold day.


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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36 days till March 20, 2020


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
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41 days till spring


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
it is the key to heaven.
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I will read them.
Ground Hog day..Feb. 2, 2020


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
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Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Lead Me Lord

Readings

Malachi 3:1-4; 23-24
Psalm 25: Lift up your heads and see; your redemption is near at hand.
Luke 1:57-66

Reflection

Surely the hand of the Lord was with him. The hand of the Lord is with
you who fear the Lord. Many do not wish to fear the Lord. Many like to
love “to choose and see my path,” until, as St. John Henry Cardinal
Newman wrote after a life-changing experience, “...now Lead Thou me on!”

Fear not the Lord, listen not to the messenger of the Lord at your peril
and doom. Those who do listen will find themselves “In the calm light of
everlasting life,” as Newman closed his poem “Lead Kindly Light.” The
original title was “Pillar of Cloud” as he was seriously ill and in a
dense fog out at sea in a ship that had no wind to push it forward.
Deeply depressing.

Seeing a young mother, with two born children, pregnant with a third,
totally abandoned, far from home with little prospects of any family
support, having trust that the Lord has a plan for her is amazing and
hope-filled. She had childlike faith and a mother’s strong will.

“Lead, Saviour, lead me home in childlike faith / Home to my God. /
To rest forever after earthly strife / In the calm light of everlasting
life.” How I’ve seen some people, like Newman himself must have, live
in that “calm of light” even in this troubled world.

Newman’s poem was set to music and sung, as the prayer it is, by people
on one of the Titanic's lifeboats. Also by soldiers in the trenches in
World War I. Also courageously by women who were being herded by Nazi
S.S. troops into a concentration camp.

As I draw near to the overwhelming joy and challenge of Christ’s birth,
do I choose to take the hand of the Lord, or do I try to lead by my own
hand?

Prayer

Lord, whatever situation I find myself in today, help me to take Your
hand, let You choose my path, let me be abandoned to You as a child.
I trust in You. Lead me on. Amen.

Monday, December 23
“‘Behold, I am going to send My messenger, and he will clear the way
before Me. And the Lord, whom you seek, will suddenly come to His temple;
and the messenger of the covenant, in whom you delight, behold, He is
coming,’ says the Lord of hosts.” Malachi 3:1

As you await the birth of Christ, take time to renew your faith. Jesus
prepares the way for us, removing all obstacles on the road to holiness
and redemption.

Let Go and Let God!

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Sunday, December 22

“The Lord spoke to Ahaz, saying: ‘Ask for a sign from the Lord,
your God; let it be deep as the netherworld, or high as the sky!’
But Ahaz answered, ‘I will not ask! I will not tempt the Lord!’”
Isaiah 7:10-12

Look for signs of God's presence in your life. Though you may not
see Him, trust that He is always near, especially when you need
Him most.

The Time Is Nigh, Are You?
Readings

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24: Let the Lord enter; he is king of glory.
Romans 1:1-7
Matthew 1:18 - 24

Reflection

The time is nigh for the baby to be born. Fear, anxiety, wonder,
amazement. Mothers nest. Some, I have seen, become incredibly
active, even to the point of rearranging whole rooms, cleaning
out basements, attics, or closets. Others become sedate, quiet,
contemplative, reflective. Fathers have their steady reaction:
work, work, work. Of course, inside it may be a jumble of emotions
or an incredible, thoughtful anticipation. Of course, a baby can
be a surprise, in that, birth can happen like a thief in the night,
on a day unexpected.

During this Advent, have you been preparing prayerfully, frenetically,
thoughtfully, emotionally? Have you allowed yourself the time to think
or felt there’s no time to think or pray? No matter how many challenges,
the Lord is coming. The Lord is calling you. The Lord who entered this
world through conception and birth is still here with you. Are you here
with Him?

Do not be afraid, the Angel tells Joseph in a dream no less. Let the Lord
enter. To all the beloved you are called to be holy, too. Do not be afraid.
Let the Lord enter. You are called to be holy.

Prayer

Angel of the Lord who spoke to Joseph, speak to me, too. Help me to not be
afraid. Help me to welcome Mary and Jesus into my house. Help me to grow in
the vocation God has given me. Help me to know Emmanuel, that God is with us.
Amen.



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Love and Joy Come to You

Readings

Song of Songs 2:8-14 or Zephaniah 3:14-18A
Psalm 33: Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Luke 1:39-45

Reflection

On this last Saturday before Christmas, before the culmination of
our Journey Toward Light, there is a current of joy running through
all of our readings, a current of love and joy. In the Gospel, we
read of Mary’s visit to her cousin Elizabeth. When Elizabeth heard
Mary's greeting, the infant leaped in her womb, and Elizabeth,
filled with the Holy Spirit, cried out in a loud voice and said,
"... At the moment the sound of your greeting reached my ears, the
infant in my womb leaped for joy.”

Read through the Scripture readings. Be conscious of love and joy.
God is love. For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son.
Our whole journey, our whole life, it’s always been about love. And
with the love of God, joy comes to us as well. Sometimes we think we
are coming to God, to the baby in the manger. But it’s even truer
that God is coming to us. The baby comes to us. We are on a journey,
yes, but it is God coming to us. He first loved us. He is seeking
what is lost.

Hark! my lover–here he comes springing across the mountains, leaping
across the hills.

The lover of our soul comes, then he calls us to come! Listen to God
tenderly calling us in the imagery of a lover calling his beloved:
"Arise, my beloved, my dove, my beautiful one, and come! … O my dove
in the clefts of the rock, in the secret recesses of the cliff, Let
me see you, let me hear your voice, For your voice is sweet, and you
are lovely." God created us in his image. He loves us. Jesus desires
our love. He rejoices in our love. He will rejoice over you with
gladness, and renew you in his love, He will sing joyfully because of
you, as one sings at festivals.

He rejoices over us. We also can rejoice in him. Exult, you just, in
the Lord! Sing to him a new song. Shout for joy, O daughter Zion! Sing
joyfully, O Israel! Be glad and exult with all your heart, O daughter
Jerusalem! The LORD has removed the judgment against you, he has turned
away your enemies; The King of Israel, the LORD, is in your midst, you
have no further misfortune to fear. On that day, it shall be said to
Jerusalem: Fear not, O Zion, be not discouraged! The LORD, your God,
is in your midst, a mighty savior!

God rejoices over us. We rejoice in the birth of the Son of God. The
birth of a child is meant to bring joy. Our moms, amidst the struggles
of life, rejoice in the birth of their children. Our plans may come to
naught. We may not understand God’s plans. But the plan of the LORD
stands forever. Get ready to rejoice in the birth of Christ! Love and
joy come to you!

Prayer

O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!
We desperately need saving. We desperately need your love. Thank you
for coming to me. Thank you for calling me. Thank you for loving me.
I rejoice in your love. I trust in your plans. I love you. No matter
what struggles I face, help me to live in your love and in your joy.
Please help all those in need, especially our moms and babies. May
they also live in your love and joy. Love and joy, come to us all.
Amen!

Saturday, December 21
“...rejoice and exult with all your heart...the Lord has taken away
His judgments against you, He has cleared away your enemies. The King
of Israel, the Lord, is in your midst...” Zephaniah 3:14-15

Think about your relationships with family and friends; are you holding
any grudges? Work on letting them go and try to forgive someone who has
wronged you or made a mistake.

Let Go and Let God!

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IN THE FACE OUR OUR NEIGHBOR

Whoever has fed, welcomed, visited, loved on the the least and poorest of me, will have done it to the Son of God. Let us entrust ourselves to the maternal intercession of Mary, the Mother of Jesus and our mother, that she may help us this holy Christmastide, which is already close at hand, to see in the face of our neighbor, especially the weakest and most marginalized people, the image of the Son of God made man.

REFLECTION: Who are the weakest among you? Who are the marginalize? We shoudl certainly help the poor, especially in this season, but there may be others around us who need our help as well. Are there people in your parish, neighborhood, or family you could reach out to? How could you treat them like Jesus?

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Enlarge Your Hearts and Say Yes

Readings

Isaiah 7:10-14
Psalm 24: Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.
Luke 1:26-38

Reflection

Do you ever feel like you weary God? This was the rebuke King Ahaz
received in today’s first reading from Isaiah: Listen, O house of
David! Is it not enough for you to weary men, must you also weary
my God? Therefore the Lord himself will give you this sign: the
virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name him Emmanuel.

I am sure I weary God many times with many things: unbelief, sin,
being slow to obedience, doubt, fear, selfishness. You name it.
But even in the rebuke of King Ahaz, we have the greatest of
promises: the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and shall name
him Emmanuel.


Rest assured, God is greater than any weariness we cause. But we
also experience weariness. Sometimes our weariness is the result
of the darkness of this world. We feel worn down by another
circumstance to overcome, another battle to fight. We do walk in
dark times, but we have seen a great light. The people who sit in
darkness have seen a great light, on those dwelling in a land
overshadowed by death light has arisen. (Matthew 4 fulfilling
Isaiah 9)

This is what Advent is all about. This is what Advent prepares us
for. Death and darkness are about to be overcome in the joy and
light of Christmas. We are getting close!

How can we prepare ourselves today? How can we overcome any
weariness or darkness in our lives?

First, give God more room in your heart and in your life. In today’s
psalm, the response is “Let the Lord enter; he is the king of glory.”
Psalm 24 also says: Lift up your heads, O gates; be lifted, you
ancient portals, that the king of glory may enter. Our God, the king
of glory is bigger and more powerful than we can ever imagine. The
gates to your heart need to be larger. Enlarge your hearts that the
King of Glory can enter in today in a greater and more profound way.
Make room for God. Think practically. If you want to bring more of
God into your house, get rid of the junk lying around.

Second, give God your “yes” like Mary. Mary said, "Behold, I am the
handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word."
Say yes to God. In big ways and in small ways. Think practically.
Who is going to come into your home, if you are always saying no?

Prayer

O Key of David, opening the gates of God's eternal Kingdom: come
and free the prisoners of darkness! Jesus, take your key, free me
from darkness and open the gates to your eternal Kingdom. Thank you
for inviting me in. I also give you the key to my heart. I invite
you to enter. Help me to enlarge the gates to my heart. Help me to
give you more room. Help me to clear out the junk. I want to say yes
like Mary. Please give me the grace to do so. Yes, Lord. May you do
with me as you will. Amen!

Friday, December 20
“And coming to her, he said, ‘Hail, full of grace! The Lord is with
you.’ But she was greatly troubled at what was said and pondered what
sort of greeting this might be. Then the angel said to her, ‘Do not be
afraid, Mary...’” Luke 1:28-30

God is always with us, especially in our deepest moments of anxiety,
doubt, loss and fear. If you are feeling any of these emotions right
now, offer them to God.

Let Go and Let God!

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A Page Out of Joseph’s Book

Readings

Jeremiah 23:5-8
Psalm 72: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of
peace for ever.
Matthew 1:18-25

Reflection

At the first coming of Jesus as a baby, we see the beginning of
the fulfillment of the prophecy from Isaiah 11: But a shoot shall
sprout from the stump of Jesse, and from his roots a bud shall
blossom.

We also await the second coming of Jesus, to bring to fulfillment
the prophecy of Jeremiah from our first reading: Behold, the days
are coming, says the LORD, when I will raise up a righteous shoot
to David; As king, he shall reign and govern wisely, he shall do
what is just and right in the land. We have also heard multiple
times during this Advent season the Responsorial Psalm: Justice
shall flourish in his time and fullness of peace for ever.

We long for Jesus to come again. We long for the complete
fulfillment of the Kingdom of God when all will be made right.
These are promises to hold onto. In today’s Gospel, we hear two
more great promises that were given to Joseph in a dream:

[Mary] will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus,
because he will save his people from their sins.
Behold, the virgin shall be with child and bear a son,
and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means "God is with us."

Jesus saves us from our sins and is with us. Great promises to
hold onto, to be sure.

Now, let’s learn something about Joseph from today’s Gospel.
When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded
him and took his wife into his home. In fact, every time the angel
of the Lord comes to Joseph in his dreams, the next thing you read
is Joseph taking action and obeying. Take Mary into your home to
be your wife. Name the child Jesus. Flee to Egypt. Take Mary and
Jesus back to Israel. Go to the region of Galilee.

We have powerful promises to hold onto. let’s thank the Lord. We
want the Kingdom of God to come, let’s pray for it. We want to do
God’s will, let’s take a page out of Joseph’s book. We have the
word of God and the catechism of the church, let’s be obedient.
We have the teachings on the spiritual and corporal works of mercy,
let’s put them into action. Let’s each of us do our part to bring
God’s kingdom to them.


Prayer

O Leader of the House of Israel, giver of the Law to Moses on Sinai:
come to rescue us with your mighty power. You have given us great
and precious promises, bring them to fulfillment. Speak to us
through your word, through Mass, through the teachings of the church.
Give us the desire and will to obey like Joseph. Meet the needs of
moms, babies and families everywhere. Help me to take action and do m
my part to bring your kingdom to earth. Amen!

Wednesday, December 18

“...an angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream, saying, ‘Joseph,
son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary as your wife; for the Child
who has been conceived in her is of the Holy Spirit. She will bear a Son;
and you shall call His name Jesus, for He will save His people from their
sins.’” Matthew 1:20-21

God gave us the greatest gift, offering His only Son for us. What can you
do today to honor His loving sacrifice? During this gift-giving season, p
erhaps you can provide a Christmas miracle for a deserving family within
your community or parish.

Let Go and Let God!

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A COURAGEOUS PRAYER

Miracles happen. But they need prayer! A courageous prayer, that struggles for that miracle. Not like those prayers of courtesy: Ah, I will pray for you! Followed by one Our Father, a Halil Mary, and then I forget. No! It takes a brave prayer like that of Abraham who was struggling with the Lord to save the city, like that of Moses who prayed , his hands held high when he grew weary. --- Homily, Domus Sanctae Marthae, May 20, 2013

REFLECTION: Is your prayer brave? Is it courageous? Are you confident that courageous prayer can work miracles? Pray for others with confidence.

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The Big Picture

Readings

Genesis 49:2, 8-10
Psalm 72: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of
peace for ever.

Matthew 1:1-17

Reflection

Jacob called his sons and said to them: "Assemble and listen,
sons of Jacob, listen to Israel, your father… The scepter shall
never depart from Judah.”

We hear from our first reading in Genesis, a prophetic utterance
from Jacob regarding his son Judah. Kings will come from Judah.
The Gospel reading today is the genealogy from Abraham to Jesus,
the King of kings.

The interesting thing about the genealogy of Jesus, besides tracing
the line of Jesus through the kings of Judah, is the amount of
scandal you find. Jacob himself had a colorful life, deceiving his
brother out of his inheritance, and being deceived by his father-in-law
into marrying the wrong daughter. Judah’s son came through his
daughter-in-law, Tamar, who deceived Judah by disguising herself as a
prostitute. David had one of his mighty warriors killed to cover up
the affair he had with his wife, Bathsheba. Solomon had 300 wives and
700 concubines. A number of the ancestor kings of Jesus are described
as doing “evil in the sight of the Lord.” Eventually, the Jews go into
exile in Babylon.

How bleak things would have looked for the Jews in exile and at many
points before and after. Would you have kept the faith? Would you have
looked at the circumstances and said the prophecies of a Messiah are
hopeless? Would you have stayed on the path?

Let’s shift now to the present day. A well-known media personality,
Sean Hannity, recently announced he was leaving the Catholic church because
of “institutionalized corruption.” We’ve all heard the different scandals
in the church. Might you feel like one of the ancient Jews living during
one of the dark days of exile? The genealogy of Jesus gives us the big
picture. In retrospect, we can see that Jacob’s prophecy is fulfilled in
Jesus. But it’s an incomplete prophecy, isn’t it? Even in Jesus’ life,
we don’t have the final fulfillment yet.

There’s light at Jesus’ birth, but what would you have done after his
crucifixion? What would you have done when Judas, one of the twelve
apostles, betrayed Jesus? Would you have left the path when the apostle
Peter, the one on whom Jesus said he would build the church, denied knowing
Jesus? Scandals were there at the beginning. And they are not going away
any time soon. Are you thinking of leaving the path? Sometimes we journey
in darkness. Times are confusing. Remember the big picture, though we cannot
see the complete path before us. Remember that Jesus himself said the gates
of hell shall not prevail against the church. Stay on the path! Stay in the
church! Have faith! Stay with Jesus!

Prayer

O Wisdom of our God Most High, guiding creation with power and love: come to
teach us the path of knowledge! Today, help me stay on the path. Help me to
keep my eyes on my destination. No matter the darkness, no matter the
circumstances, help me to stay the course. Jesus, I believe in you. Jesus,
I trust in you. Help me to remember the big picture. Amen!

Tuesday, December 17
“The mountains shall yield peace for the people, and the hills
justice. He shall defend the afflicted among the people, save
the children of the poor...” Psalm 72:3-4

There are so many people living in despair, loneliness and poverty
around the world. Consider making a sacrifice—even just a small
one—to help someone less fortunate. This can be as simple as
spending some time with a person living alone, praying for someone
in need or if you have the means, sending a donation to your favorite
charity.

Let Go and Let God!

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Fences

Readings

Numbers 24:2-7, 15-17A
Psalm 25: Teach me your ways, O Lord.
Matthew 21:23-27

Reflection

Fences. They might make for good neighbors, but they are not good
for our faith.

The first reading today gives us two of the oracles of Balaam, son
of Beor. His utterances contain prophetic blessings regarding the
people of Israel, concluding in our reading from Numbers with a
prophecy pertaining to the coming of Jesus: A star shall advance
from Jacob, and a staff shall rise from Israel.

The background of Balaam, not found in today’s reading, is also
interesting. He could be called a religious compromiser. He wanted
to straddle the fence. In terms of our Journey Toward Light, he
tried to walk two paths. His oracles declared truth, yet he was
hired by an enemy king to curse Israel.

On his way to the enemy, Balaam is famous for his donkey talking
to him, saving him from “the angel of the LORD standing in the
road with sword drawn.” We read elsewhere in Numbers that Balaam’s
advice led the Israelites to unfaithfulness. In the end, Balaam was
killed in Israel’s battle against the Midianites. Not a great legacy.

The chief priests and the elders of Israel in today’s Gospel also
straddle the fence, but they are more calculating. Jesus asks them
a simple question: “Where was John's baptism from? Was it of heavenly
or of human origin?” They don’t give an answer. They won’t make a
commitment. What do the polls say? What is the popular opinion? It
doesn’t matter what I believe, which answer brings a better result
for me?

Whether we straddle the religious fence because we want the “benefits”
of both sides, or we won’t commit because we can’t decide what’s going
to play out the best for us in the end, we need to come to terms with
Jesus. Are we on his path or not?

If I say,“Teach me your ways, O Lord,” the response of today’s psalm,
it presumes that I both desire his ways and will follow what I am
taught. Why do I want to learn from Jesus, if I will not follow what
I learn. It is a time for action. It is time for me to do the word,
not only hear it. It’s time to go all in. It’s time to live what I
say I believe. It’s time to commit. It’s time for me to get off the
fence. What about you?

Prayer

Jesus, as I continue to prepare in Advent for your birth at Christmas,
help me to recognize the fences I straddle. My desire is to be completely
on your path, to be completely yours. Please give me the strength of
will to commit every part of my life to you. Teach me your ways! Give me
the grace to live what I learn from you. I know I’m not the only one on
your path. Help all those who travel your path. In Jesus’ name, amen!

Monday, December 16
“Your ways, O Lord, make known to me; teach me Your paths, guide me in
Your truth and teach me, for You are my God my Savior...” Psalm 25:4-5

Has there been something troubling you lately that you cannot resolve?
Examine your conscience and ask God to guide your heart.

Let Go and Let God!

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THE GREATNESS OF HIS MERCY

The Third Sunday of Advent....is called Gaudete Sunday; that is the Sunday of joy...

God is he who comes to save us and who seeks to help, especially those who are fearful of heart....We are invited to strengthen the weak hands, to make firm the feeble knees, to be stron and to fear not, because our God always shows us the greatness of his mercy. He gives us the strength to go forward. --- Angelus, December 15, 2013

REFLECTION: If we want to see the greatness of God's mercy, then we need to be bold enough to open our lives and weaknesses to him each day. Pray for the courage to do so!

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Prophets & Persecution

Readings

Sirach 48:1-4, 9-11
Psalm 80: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we
shall be saved.
Matthew 17:9A, 10-13

Reflection

Three people join our journey today. In Sirach, we read about the
fiery prophet Elijah. He called down fire from heaven and was taken
up into heaven in a fiery chariot. He boldly confronted the evils
of Ahab, King of Israel, but he also fled into the desert when Jezebel
the queen sought to kill him.

The Gospel reading begins right after the transfiguration, as Jesus and
his disciples are coming down the mountain. They have questions about
Elijah, but Jesus alludes to John the Baptist who “will go before him
in the spirit and power of Elijah.” John is also a fiery prophet persecuted
by King Herod and his wife, eventually executed by Herod through the
machinations of Herodias.

Lastly, today is the memorial of Saint John of the Cross, Priest and Doctor
of the Church. He sought to reform his Carmelite order. Though his reforms
were approved, he was cast into prison by the elders of his own order, only
escaping after nine months at the risk of his own life. Though persecuted,
he became a great mystic and doctor of the church.

Two basic themes emerge in these three men: They spoke up and were persecuted
for doing so; They did what was right and suffered for it.

As we travel this path, we also can expect resistance, even persecution.
As practical examples, think of the courage of our mothers to have their
babies in very difficult circumstances. Some moms have to leave their
families because they are pressured to abort to receive their help. Many
worry how they will provide for themselves and a new baby. Others have
been counseled it is easier to just make the “problem” go away.

Take courage today, by the example of moms who choose life. Let your light
shine before the world, come what may. Take heart in our examples of faith
who have walked this journey before us.

Prayer

Oh God, please give me courage today to walk this journey, to live my faith
and to let my light shine. When resistance or persecution comes, be with me
and help me to be strong. Help all the moms who are bravely choosing life.
Provide for their needs. Bless their children. Help the many organizations
that give assistance to moms in need. Fill me with the fire of your Holy
Spirit, that I may bravely walk the path chosen for me. Amen. St. John of
the Cross, pray for us!

Let Go and Let God!

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Who Are You Following?

Readings

Isaiah 48:17-19
Psalm 1: Those who follow you, Lord, will have the light of life.
Matthew 11:16-19

Reflection

Pay close attention to the word “follow” today. Those who follow you,
Lord, will have the light of life.

Today is the memorial of Saint Lucy, Virgin and Martyr, whose very
name means light. On our Journey Toward Light, we need light to see.
But, a question to ask: Whose path are you on today? Who are you following?

In today’s Gospel passage, Jesus speaks to the crowds in general:

For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they said, “He is
possessed by a demon.” The Son of Man came eating and drinking and they
said, “Look, he is a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors
and sinners.”

Essentially, the sentiment is, “I can’t follow John, it’s too hard, and
besides, he’s crazy. I can’t follow Jesus, he’s too easy and hangs out
with sinners.” They stay on their own path. They are not willing to
follow. But what about us?

We say we love Jesus. But are we walking on our own path? Are we asking
Jesus to follow us on the path we have chosen? Or are we humble enough
to walk on his path, choose his ways, and follow him?

Isaiah says in chapter 55, “My thoughts are not your thoughts, nor are
your ways my ways... For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so
are my ways higher than your ways, my thoughts higher than your thoughts.”

Padre Pio said, “Self-love never dies before we do.” There is always the
temptation to follow our own ways. But Jesus invites us to follow him. As
Isaiah says in today’s first reading, I, the LORD, your God, teach you what
is for your good, and lead you on the way you should go.

I invite you to take a moment. Imagine you are one of the disciples with
Jesus. Your sole intent is to follow him. When he is teaching, you are
sitting there closely following every word he says. When he gets up, you
go with him. You watch what he does. You see a man blind from birth receive
his sight. You are there when he forgives the adulterous woman. You are
amazed as Lazarus staggers from his tomb still wrapped in his burial clothes.
You see his compassion for the crowds, the lost, the poor, the sick, the
children. Jesus looks straight at you, challenging you to die to yourself,
take up your cross and follow him. After reading this, close your eyes and
imagine for yourself what it is like to follow Jesus.

Prayer

Jesus, I want to follow you today. I admit that I often go my own way, and
want you to walk on my path. Forgive me, Lord. Help me to realize what it
truly means to follow you. I want to be your disciple. Your word is a lamp
for my feet, a light for my path. Help me to know your word. Shine the light
of your word – not on my path – but on your path. Help me to stay on your
path. Please give me the desire, the will and the grace to follow you. Amen.

Friday, December 13

“Blessed the man who follows not the counsel of the wicked nor walks in the
way of sinners, nor sits in the company of the insolent, but delights in the
law of the Lord…” Psalm 1:1-2

Have you heard the phrase, ‘pay it forward?’ Consider setting a positive
example for others around you by performing a simple deed like buying a cup
of coffee for the next person in line; putting a quarter in an expired
parking meter so someone doesn’t get a ticket; or simply smiling at someone
who seems to be having a tough day.

Let Go and Let God!

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I love your post ......it was my Grandmas birthday...born 1906..thank you emoticon


Take time to THINK...It is the source of power.Take Time to READ..It is the fountain of wisdom.
Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
Be FRIENDLY, It is the road to happiness.. take time to LAUGH..it is the music of the soul.
Take time to Give it is too short a day to be selfish.. Take time to DO CHARITY..
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Silence

Readings

Zechariah 2:14-17 or Revelation 11:19A; 12:1-6A; 10AB
Judith 13: You are the highest honor of our race.
Luke 1:26-38 or Luke 1:39-47

Reflection

Today is the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, who is the patroness
of the Americas and the pro-life movement. What an important feast
day as we travel the road to Bethlehem!

We know things are not right in this world. As they say, it’s not
rocket science to see and understand this. When Our Lady appeared
to the Indian convert Juan Diego in 1531, things were not right
then either. An estimated 20,000 people were sacrificed a year
in the Aztec Empire. These numbers include children.

Child sacrifice was not exclusive to the Aztecs, but other South
American cultures as well. Within 10 years of Our Lady’s appearance,
ten million natives were converted and baptized into the Catholic
church and human sacrifice ended in Mexico.

The great battle still rages between Our Lady’s children and the devil:

A great sign appeared in the sky, a woman clothed with the sun, with
the moon under her feet, and on her head a crown of twelve stars.
Then the dragon stood before the woman about to give birth, to
devour her child when she gave birth.

The first reading from Zechariah says: Silence, all mankind, in the
presence of the LORD! For he stirs forth from his holy dwelling.

Perhaps today is a day to share few words, to spend some extra
time in silence recognizing the power of God that came through
Our Lady of Guadalupe and meditating on the following Scriptures
from Zechariah and Revelation:

See, I am coming to dwell among you, says the LORD.

Then I heard a loud voice in heaven say:

“Now have salvation and power come, and the Kingdom of our God and
the authority of his Anointed.”

Prayer

Lord, we know you desire conversion. We know you care about all of us,
especially the weak and vulnerable among us. Through the intercession
of Our Lady of Guadalupe, we pray for the conversion of hearts and the
end of abortion. We pray that you would protect all life, from the womb
to natural death. Protect us from the enemy. Help us to care for our own
families with great compassion and love, entrusting them to Our Lady.
Protect and provide for mothers everywhere, those with children and
those waiting for their birth. Amen!

Thursday, December 12
“The angel said to her, ‘Do not be afraid, Mary; for you have found favor
with God. And behold, you will conceive in your womb and bear a son,
and you shall name Him Jesus.’” Luke 1:30-31

Mary trusted in God’s plan for her, even though she did not fully understand
it. What is God asking of you? Will you respond with ‘...let it be done to
me according to your word...’? (Luke 1:38)

Let Go and Let God!

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i am reading the Sacred Advent reflection from loyola ministry. today's made me think. normally i hate going out in the winter. i dont like the cold. todays med said -

don’t try to avoid the weather; go out into it.... bundle up, go for walks, explore the cold outdoors, be active in it.

there was more to it but it made me realize how much i hide away from something that mifght seem unpleasant but if i do a little planning, it can be fun and i can be happy i did it

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Comfort for the Journey

Readings

Isaiah 40:1-11
Psalm 96: The Lord our God comes with power
Matthew 18:12-14

Reflection

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God.

The journey is not always easy. Of course, as creatures of the
flesh, we desire and look for comfort. A comfortable chair to
sit on. A warm comfortable bed to sleep in. Nice presents around
the Christmas tree, to bring comfort and convenience into our lives.
But our journey with Mary and Joseph to the Light is not about
creature comforts. The comfort our Father has for us answers the
deepest needs of our hearts and souls.

Many of us have been on this journey of life for a long time. If
you are younger, you will soon come to know that each passing year
brings the realization that our lives are so fleeting. The material
or worldly things we have sought in the past haven’t brought the
deeper comfort we need.

Isaiah depicts our condition well:

All flesh is grass,
and all their glory like the flower of the field.
The grass withers, the flower wilts,
when the breath of the LORD blows upon it.
So then, the people is the grass.

This may not seem like comfort at first. Our bodies and all of the
physical things of this world are passing away. Things wear out and
break. We lose things, we lose people. Rust and moth corrupt. We grow
old and all of the things we grasp and hold onto, slip through our
hands like sand in an hourglass. Nothing of this world that we cling
to lasts. Where is the comfort?

Isaiah continues:

Though the grass withers and the flower wilts,
the word of our God stands forever.

Here is where the real comfort of today's readings begins: The word of
our God stands forever. And what does this word say to us today, what
comfort does it bring on our journey?

Like a shepherd he feeds his flock;
in his arms he gathers the lambs,
Carrying them in his bosom,
and leading the ewes with care.

Can you find comfort in this today? Jesus leads us with care. Can let
you let yourself be carried in the bosom of our Good Shepherd? What
comfort! He searches for each one of us particularly. Even if we have
strayed off the path, our Shepherd is seeking us. He will carry us on
his shoulders. When we need extra emotional and spiritual comfort in
our lives, he holds us close to his heart, he carries us in his bosom.
Once on the path, Jesus leads us with care.

Prayer

Jesus, my Good God and Good Shepherd, lead me. Help me to realize that
this world is passing away, and that ultimate comfort is found in your
word, the Word made flesh, that stands forever. Bring me back if I have
strayed from your path. Lead me with care today. Hold me close to your
bosom during the hard days and sorrows of this world. For those who lack
basic comforts like food, clothing and shelter, help me to be an answer
to their prayers. I ask all of this, trusting in the care of my Good
Shepherd, Jesus. Amen!

Tuesday, December 10

“Let the heavens be glad and the earth rejoice; let the sea and what
fills it resound; let the plains be joyful and all that is in them! Then
let all the trees of the forest rejoice.” Psalm 96:11-12

Today, sit in quiet reflection for a few moments outdoors and allow yourself
to be embraced by all of God’s creations.

Let Go and Let God!

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Do Not Fear

Readings

Genesis 3:9-15, 20
Psalm 98: Sing to the Lord a new song,
for he has done marvelous deeds.
Ephesians 1:3-6, 11-12
Luke 1:26-38

Reflection

Since yesterday was the Second Sunday of Advent, the Solemnity
of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary is
transferred to today.

We begin today’s journey in the garden of Eden, with the aftermath
of the first sin. God called to Adam after the fall. Adam answered,
“I heard you in the garden, but I was afraid because I was naked,
so I hid myself.”

Though we have repented, this is just the beginning of the journey.
We must recognize that we are fallen. We have discarded clothes of
self-righteousness, so we may feel a bit naked. We can experience
fear, even when God is calling to us. We need continual conversion
to stay on the right path.

As always, this time of the year brings us not only to the babe in
the manger, but also to his mother, Mary. And that’s where we find
help today, in the Blessed Virgin Mary. A journey is always easier
if we have someone with us on the journey. We can make our journey
with Mary.

Think about this...

Mary is on her way to Bethlehem. And though she will see Jesus in
a more profound way, he is already with her on the journey. Mary is
also our Mother. As the power of the Holy Spirit, the power of the
Most High overshadowed Mary, the Holy Spirit overshadows us. As the
body of Jesus was formed in Mary’s womb, so Mary helps to form Jesus
within us as we make our journey. We are going to Jesus, but he’s
with us already! As fear attempts to turn us back, we also take heed
to the angel’s words to Mary. “Do not be afraid.” Why? ”For nothing
will be impossible for God."

If we all stay with the Blessed Mother and journey with her, we will
be sure to arrive at the manger where the Light of the world is to be
found. Mary always brings us to Jesus. If the road is hard, take
comfort. She always brings Jesus to us on the journey.

Prayer

Blessed Mother, help me on my journey today. Continue to form Jesus
within me. At times, I am afraid when I see the dangers on the road.
But I know you will protect me. I know my Guardian Angel is with me,
telling me not to be afraid. I remember the moms and babies, and all
those with me on this journey. Bring us all to Jesus. More than that,
bring Jesus to us as we travel this road together. I ask all of this
in the name of Christ Jesus, the babe of Bethlehem. Amen!


Monday, December 9

“The Lord has made His salvation known; in the sight of the nations
He has revealed His justice. He has remembered His kindness and His
faithfulness toward the house of Israel…” Psalm 98:2-3

Do you know someone who is in need of a kind gesture? Perhaps they’ve
recently lost a loved one, are experiencing depression, or simply
can’t seem to catch a break in life. Writing an encouraging note or
offering a willing ear can help restore their hope.

Let Go and Let God!

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Sunday, December 8

“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in
harmony with one another, in keeping with Christ Jesus, that with
one accord you may with one voice glorify the God and Father of
our Lord Jesus Christ. Welcome one another, then, as Christ
welcomed you, for the glory of God.” Romans 15:5-7

Jesus wants us to live in harmony with one another and in doing so,
we can glorify God. If you find yourself on the verge of a
disagreement this week, take a deep breath, remain calm and respond
from a place of love.

Oh, But For The Grace of God

Readings

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace
forever.
Romans 15:4-9
Matthew 3:1-12

Reflection

Today in the Gospel, we hear the story of John the Baptist.

John the Baptist appeared, preaching in the desert of Judea and saying,
"Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand! I am baptizing you with
water, for repentance.”

Take a moment, and let’s place ourselves there on the banks of the
Jordan River. There’s a rough man, clothed in camel’s hair with a
leather belt around his waist. Can you see him standing there in the
water? He’s crying out. Can you hear him? “Repent!”

If you look around, there are two groups of people. There appear to
be many common, everyday people – poor and humble – standing in groups
near the water, humbly acknowledging their mistakes, their failures,
their sins, heads downcast, waiting to stand before the Baptist, to
have the cleansing waters of the Jordan, of repentance, pour over them,
washing them clean. Lots of tears mixed in with the water, but lots of
relief, joy, even laughter, as they glimpse a light in the darkness,
hope in the valley of the shadow of death.

But there’s another group. They are standing apart. Do you see them?
Aloof. Looking down on the foolishness of the crowds, the mobs. They a
re dressed in fine clothes. Can you see their haughty expressions, their
disdain? If you listen, can you hear their comments? “I’m glad I’m not
like them.” Untouched. “Thank you, God, that I’ve got everything together.”
Not much joy. They look well respected, there in the light of day, but
they don’t seem particularly happy.

Now, I realize I’m standing there in my fine clothes. I’ve got my arms
folded on my chest. I’m actually rubbing shoulders with the second group,
not really that close to the edge of the water. There is that thought,
buried deep, that not everything is right with my life. But what will
my colleagues think? They don’t seem to need change. But with a desperation
I didn’t know I had, I run towards the light reflecting on the water,
towards the Baptist. “God, be merciful to me a sinner!” I don’t care who’s
looking. I just need help, I need hope, I need light in my life. I need God!
I fall in the sand, tears streaming down my cheeks, not worrying about my fine
robes. I get up. Now my clothes are in the river, soaking the water in,
feeling heavy. The clothes are dragging, a pull that still wants to hold me
back. But no, I don’t care anymore. I let go of everything holding me back.
I need to change. I push through to John. The only words that I can find,
as I feel the water flow over my bowed head, quite a spectacle in all my
fine clothes, “I repent!”

Prayer

Jesus, I need you today. There are so many things that drag on my soul,
that seem to hold me back from you, from your grace, from your mercy. But
I repent. I set aside all the “things” that make me look right. I let go
of my pride, my self-righteousness. I need you. Make my path straight. Help
me make this journey to the light. Lead me to yourself, the lowly, poor babe
in the manger. Amen!





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The Harvest is Abundant but the Laborers are Few

Readings

Isaiah 30:19-21, 23-26
Psalm 147: Blessed are all who wait for the Lord.
Matthew 9:35-10:1, 5A, 6-8

Reflection

“The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few;
so ask the master of the harvest
to send out laborers for his harvest.”

Then he summoned his Twelve disciples and
gave them authority over unclean spirits to
drive them out and to cure every disease
and every illness.

This is a sure reflection of the crisis in our Church today:
The harvest is abundant but the laborers are few.

This helps us to reflect back on our tradition, on our heritage
and history as Catholics – where our church started, with Jesus
and the Twelve disciples. The authority they have was given to
them by Jesus, and the authority the Church has was given to her
by Jesus.

Man cannot change that. We are not the authors or the Creator.

It is in this time of turmoil and in this culture of
self-gratification that we are called to be laborers. To follow
and share the Church’s teaching on human dignity, from conception
to natural death and to never compromise.

Prayer

Lord God, help us always to uphold your law and to never give in to
the pressures of society. Today let us especially pray for our good
and faithful priests, bishops and cardinals, that they may be
steadfast and courageous in their faith. And we pray for the Holy
Father, that he may lead us in orthodoxy and tradition, as the seat of
St. Peter. All for Jesus, all through Mary. Amen. St Ambrose, Bishop
and Doctor of the Church, pray for us!


Saturday, December 7
“Praise the Lord, for He is good; sing praise to our God, for He is
gracious; it is fitting to praise Him.” Psalm 147:1

What are some of your favorite Christmas carols? Today is a perfect
day to play them as you contemplate the imminent arrival of Jesus.
Go ahead—indulge in a little loud singing, too!


Let Go and Let God!

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Let It Be Done for You According to Your Faith

Readings

Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Matthew 9:27-31

Reflection

“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

When I reflect on these two blind men, they show me how to pray
and to have faith in God’s promises. So many times we can pray
half-heartedly or maybe even doubting that God will hear us.

Today’s Gospel is a reminder of how much God loves us and cares
about our struggles and our desires, our heartache and our pain.
He wants to show us that He is a faithful God. Those who pray
with great faith give God the invitation to move in their lives.

Once you have experienced God’s goodness in your life, how can
you keep it a secret? You can’t! You must share it with others
so they, too, may know God.

Prayer

Lord, we continue to battle the culture of death. You know when
our hearts are discouraged, you know the pain we feel. Help us
to keep our hearts open to the love you have to give us, so we
may share your light to those who are struggling in the darkness.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 6
“When He entered the house, the blind men approached Him and Jesus
said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’
they said to Him. Then He touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be
done for you according to your faith.’” Matthew 9:28-29

Miracles can happen when we have faith. What will you ask for in
prayer? Trust that God is with you always and will bestow His
grace upon you.

Let Go and Let God!

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Let It Be Done for You According to Your Faith

Readings

Isaiah 29:17-24
Psalm 27: The Lord is my light and my salvation.
Matthew 9:27-31

Reflection

“Do you believe that I can do this?”
“Yes, Lord,” they said to him.
Then he touched their eyes and said,
“Let it be done for you according to your faith.”

When I reflect on these two blind men, they show me how to pray
and to have faith in God’s promises. So many times we can pray
half-heartedly or maybe even doubting that God will hear us.

Today’s Gospel is a reminder of how much God loves us and cares
about our struggles and our desires, our heartache and our pain.
He wants to show us that He is a faithful God. Those who pray
with great faith give God the invitation to move in their lives.

Once you have experienced God’s goodness in your life, how can
you keep it a secret? You can’t! You must share it with others
so they, too, may know God.

Prayer

Lord, we continue to battle the culture of death. You know when
our hearts are discouraged, you know the pain we feel. Help us
to keep our hearts open to the love you have to give us, so we
may share your light to those who are struggling in the darkness.
We ask this in Jesus’ name. Amen.

Friday, December 6
“When He entered the house, the blind men approached Him and Jesus
said to them, ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’
they said to Him. Then He touched their eyes and said, ‘Let it be
done for you according to your faith.’” Matthew 9:28-29

Miracles can happen when we have faith. What will you ask for in
prayer? Trust that God is with you always and will bestow His
grace upon you.

Let Go and Let God!

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Take time to PRAY..It is the greatest power on earth. Take Time to LOVE and BE LOVED..It is a God-given privilege.
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Readings

Isaiah 26
Psalm 118: Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord.
Matthew 7:21,24-27

Reflection

In today’s Gospel, we hear Jesus say to his disciples, "Not everyone who says
to me, 'Lord, Lord,' will enter the Kingdom of heaven, but only the one who
does the will of my Father in heaven”.

Jesus continues...

“Everyone who listens to these words of mine and acts on them will be like
a wise man who built his house on rock. And everyone who listens to these
words of mine but does not act on them will be like a fool who built his
house on sand.”

Faith alone is not enough; we need faith and works.

We need to put into place what God has asked of us. Yes, we are Pro-Life,
but not just because we say we are; we work to put our beliefs into action
through the all weserve.

Let us build our house on rock, not sand. We must know our faith and
understand it. We must own our faith and put it into action.

Prayer

Lord God, thank you for the gift of our faith. Help us to be courageous in
putting our faith into action. Give us the perseverance to serve you joyfully
all of the days of our lives. Amen.

St Damien of Molokai, pray for us!

Thursday, December 5
“Blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord; we bless you from the house
of the Lord. The Lord is God, and He has given us light...” Psalm 118:26-27

Let His light shine upon you for all the world to see and let nothing extinguish
it. Today, make it a goal to say a prayer for each person you love and care about
as the days approach Christmas.

Let Go and Let God!

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Justice Shall Flourish

Readings

Isaiah 11:1-10
Psalm 72: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever.
Luke 10:21-24

Reflection

Today, the first reading is where we get our ‘Jesse tree’. This reading is
essential in understanding who Jesus is and the importance of His victory.
He brings both judgment and hope:

But he shall judge the poor with justice,
and decide aright for the land's afflicted.
He shall strike the ruthless with the rod of his mouth,
and with the breath of his lips he shall slay the wicked.
Justice shall be the band around his waist,
and faithfulness a belt upon his hips.

And in the Gospel we see Jesus giving praise to God for giving the gift of
faith to the childlike. It is a reminder to us that our very faith is a gift
from God.

Jesus says to his disciples:

Blessed are the eyes that see what you see.
For I say to you,
many prophets and kings desired to see what you see,
but did not see it,
and to hear what you hear, but did not hear it.

When we are able to see the fruits of our labors, that is a gift from God,
though that is not always the case. However, we can rest assured that on the
day of our judgement all will be revealed.


Prayer

Lord, help us to persevere in Your work, whether we see the fruits of our labor
or not; give us the strength to continue in this fight. Amen.

St. Francis Xavier, pray for us!

Tuesday, December 3
“Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, ‘I give You praise, Father,
Lord of heaven and earth, for although You have hidden these things from
the wise and the learned, You have revealed them to the childlike. Yes,
Father, such has been Your gracious will.” Luke 10:21

Do you remember the unbridled excitement you felt as a child, waiting for
Christmas morning, when you and your family all gathered lovingly around
the twinkling tree? Take a moment to recapture that feeling and hold it
in your heart for the next four weeks—with a conscious effort to remember
the reason for the season.

Let Go and Let God!

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Week 1, Day 2

Lord, I am not worthy
Readings

Isaiah 4:2-6
Psalm 122: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
Matthew 8:5-11

Reflection

Today’s Gospel is the story of the centurion who asks Jesus to heal his servant. It is a story of the centurion’s faith and his humility. We are reminded of our own unworthiness everytime we prepare to receive Our Lord in the sacrament of Holy Communion: “Lord, I am not worthy that you should enter under my roof, but only say the word and my soul shall be healed.”

Prayer

Lord God, we ask for the grace of increased faith. We ask to have faith as the centurion had faith, and we ask for increased humility. We ask for a servant’s heart. All for Jesus, all through Mary, Amen.

Monday, December 2

“Come and save us, Lord our God; let Your face shine upon us, that we may be saved.” Psalm 80:3

In order for God to save us, we have to open our hearts to His forgiveness. Today, make it a point to confess your sins and vow to do better next time.

Let Go and Let God!

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Stay Awake
Readings

Isaiah 2:1-5
Psalm 122: Let us go rejoicing to the house of the Lord
Romans 13:11-14
Matthew 24:37-44

Reflection

What powerful readings we have to reflect on today!

In the second reading from Romans, we are reminded to resist the temptations of the flesh and to prepare for the coming of Our Lord. It is a great start as we enter this penitential season of Advent.

In the Gospel, we are reminded that our days are numbered. Every moment of every day is a gift from God, and we will decide how we will use it. We cannot go back in the past and make up for lost time, but we can choose at this moment to live an intentional life.

St. Alphonsus Liguori says, “There are two ways you can lose your soul: mortal sin and voluntary distraction.” If Satan cannot get us to sin, he certainly can distract us from God. Now more than ever we are surrounded by constant distraction.

Let us take this season of Advent to reflect and prioritize our lives back to the One who created us. Let us remember we are not promised tomorrow, today is all we have. So let us not miss an opportunity to fight for the weakest and vulnerable among us – TODAY!

Prayer

Lord God, we ask for the grace to stay focused on you. Help us to be good stewards of our time and to not waste a moment given to us on frivolous things. Give us the strength to resist the pleasures of the world and to stay focused on building Your Kingdom. We ask this through Christ Our Lord, Amen.

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New Season of Advent is upon us. I will post a daily short reflection with the hopes that you can spend 10 minutes in reflection to prepare us for the birth of our Savior.


Sunday, December 1

“And do this, understanding the present time: the hour has already come for you to wake up from your slumber, because our salvation is nearer now than when we first believed. The night is nearly over; the day is almost here. So let us put aside the deeds of darkness and put on the armor of light.” Romans 13:11-12

Identify something that’s preventing you from fully living the life God intends and picture yourself putting on an armor of light against it. Allow this warm, positive energy to repel the behavior or feeling you’d like to eliminate. As you light the first candle on your Advent wreath, remember that “You are the light of the world…let your light shine before others...”
(Matthew 5:14,16)

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How Beautiful are the Feet That Bring Good News

Today's Readings

Isaiah: 52:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18

Reflection for Today

Alleluia! The Word became flesh. God lived on the earth with us. What a great joy!

Maybe today isn’t that joyful. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe you’re in the midst of suffering personal, family or work-related stress. If not you, then someone dear to you might be suffering unimaginably.

Yet today is Christmas. Our God calls upon us to go beyond ourselves and give. Gifts are that token sign. What gift might the Lord be asking: Give of your heart, your time, your compassion to those who have no one else’s heart or time or concern. Give of yourself most to those who cannot pay you back. Most especially to those who dislike you.

Let us pray for our enemies to learn the joy to know that Our God, Our Creator has become just like you, just like me.

Prayer for Today

Let us pray to see beyond ourselves and reach out to our neighbor in need and even to our enemy.

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How Beautiful are the Feet That Bring Good News

Today's Readings

Isaiah: 52:7-10
Responsorial Psalm: All the ends of the earth have seen the saving power of God.
Hebrews 1:1-6
John 1:1-18

Reflection for Today

Alleluia! The Word became flesh. God lived on the earth with us. What a great joy!

Maybe today isn’t that joyful. Maybe you’ve lost a loved one. Maybe you’re in the midst of suffering personal, family or work-related stress. If not you, then someone dear to you might be suffering unimaginably.

Yet today is Christmas. Our God calls upon us to go beyond ourselves and give. Gifts are that token sign. What gift might the Lord be asking: Give of your heart, your time, your compassion to those who have no one else’s heart or time or concern. Give of yourself most to those who cannot pay you back. Most especially to those who dislike you.

Let us pray for our enemies to learn the joy to know that Our God, Our Creator has become just like you, just like me.

Prayer for Today

Let us pray to see beyond ourselves and reach out to our neighbor in need and even to our enemy.

Let Go and Let God!

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Blessed Be the Lord Who Has Come to His People

Today's Readings

2 Samuel 7: 1-5, 8-12. 14. 16
Responsorial Psalm: For ever I will sing the goodness of the Lord.
Luke 1:67-79

Reflection for Today

Prayers and Mass this special, usually busy, hectic, incredibly anticipatory morning are about the cusp of the coming of the Lord. John the Baptist’s father, Zechariah, whose name means “The Lord has remembered” sings out the goodness of the Lord, who has remembered His holy covenant. Zechariah’s child shall be the prophet of the Most High.

Are we not all called to sing out, “The Lord has remembered” and to be witnesses to the Most High?

May our words be kinder, gentler, uplifting today and every day.

Prayer for Today

Oh Holy Zechariah, father of the Baptist, help me to remember the Lord at all times. Help me to speak words of Light and Life to all around me.

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Lord, Make Us Turn to You

Today's Readings

Micah: 5:1-4
Responsorial Psalm: Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved.
Hebrews: 10:5-10
Luke 1:39-45

Reflection for Today

The short Fouth Week of Advent begins today and ends tomorrow morning. Turn to the Lord even more with your heart, not just your sacrifices. Last minute shopping – is that a sacrifice, a duty, an obligation? Final Christmas preparations – madness or a joy? Traveling or getting the home ready. Never enough time. Offer it all to the Lord.

The Blessed Mother visited Elizabeth to be of help. Elizabeth is overcome with humility that she, the “Mother of my Lord” visits her. Her own baby leaps for joy. Can you imagine such a scene! In this beauty, painted on myriad canvases, these women transcended the moment and entered into Eternity. They brought us into Eternity. Can I embrace such a moment with those around me, those I know and love, even the stranger, the widow and orphan?

Lord, make us turn to you; let us see your face and we shall be saved. O shepherd of Israel shine forth around me, in me, through me.

Prayer for Today

Oh Blessed Mother of Jesus, help me to see as you did, that my soul may magnify the Lord and my spirit may rejoice in God my Savior. Amen.


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God's Mercy Endures Forever

Today's Readings

1 Samuel: 1:24-28
Responsorial Psalm: My heart exults in the Lord, my Savior.
Luke 1:46-56

Reflection for Today

Mary shares with us today God’s promises. Though times can be tough and life may be challenging, God’s mercy endures forever.

“He has cast down the mighty from their thrones and has lifted up the lowly. He has filled the hungry with good things, and the rich He has sent away empty.” Though it may seem that some people have things ‘better’ or ‘easier’, God has great mercy on the marginalized who trust in Him, and they will be truly blessed.

Prayer for Today

“It is You Jesus, stretched out on the cross, who gives me strength and are always close to the suffering soul. Creatures will abandon a person in his suffering, but You, O Lord, are faithful…” Amen. – St. Faustina

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The Infant Leaped for Joy

Today's Readings

Song of Songs: 2:8-14
Responsorial Psalm: Exult, you just, in the Lord! Sing to him a new song.
Luke 1:39-45

Reflection for Today

Today’s Gospel we hear about the visitation. A pregnant Mary travels to visit her relative Elizabeth, who is also with child, “When Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting the infant leaped [for joy] in her womb.” What a testimony to the life and dignity of the human person in utero!

The first person to recognize Christ Our Savior was an unborn baby, a child in the womb, the unborn, John the Baptist. Despite these mothers’ situations – Elizabeth being late in her years and Mary not yet fully wed to Joseph – their unborn babies had a purpose to fulfill; they each had jobs that only they could do.

Every child is created with purpose and meaning. No life is ever created without the hand of God. Therefore, no pregnancy is ever an accident. God does not make mistakes. That baby was created because God has a plan for that child’s life. If Mary or Elizabeth were alive today and in the same situation, many ‘friends’ and doctors would be encouraging them to abort. Let’s pray today for all women who find themselves pregnant.

Prayer for Today

Heavenly Father, in Your love for us, protect against the wickedness of the devil, those helpless little ones whom You have given the gift of life. Touch with pity the hearts of those women with child in our world today who are not thinking of motherhood. Help them to see that the child they carry is made in Your image – as well as theirs – made for eternal life. Dispel their fear and selfishness and give them true womanly hearts to love their babies and give them birth and all the needed care that a mother alone can give. We ask this through Jesus Christ, Your Son, Our Lord, Who lives and reigns with You and the Holy Spirit, one God, forever and ever. Amen.


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Always Have Faith

Today's Readings

Judges: 13:2-7, 24-25A
Responsorial Psalm: My mouth shall be filled with your praise, and I will sing your glory!.
Luke 1:5-25

Reflection for Today

In both the first reading and the Gospel, we see two examples of barren women, who conceived through a miracle. In the Gospel, Zechariah became mute because he had doubt and was hesitant to believe the angel Gabriel. God sends a clear message here, to always have faith, even when things seem hopeless and unlikely.

We are fortunate to be serving a mission that welcomes life. We see a lot of beautiful babies born and it is clear that they are pure gifts from God.

Prayer for Today

Today let us pray for all married couples who are struggling to conceive, that they may find consolation and hope in Christ Jesus. Amen.

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Saint Joseph, Pray for Us

Today's Readings

Jeremiah: 23:5-8
Responsorial Psalm: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Matthew 1:18-25

Reflection for Today

In today’s Gospel we see how obedient and courageous Joseph is; a man of integrity and kindness.

Often times, the babies born in Good Counsel homes are lacking a father figure in their lives. The love of a thousand women cannot make up for the lack of love from a man. Men, especially fathers, play a special and vital role in a child’s life: to love, protect and encourage. Even though we may not all be blessed with wonderful fathers that have strong traits like St Joseph, we are blessed with God the Father, who gave His only begotten Son, that we may be redeemed.

Prayer for Today

Lord God, help us to live a life of gratitude. Help us to always strive to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given. And Lord we ask You to heal any brokenness in our family tree, past and present. Amen.

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A God Who Humbly Comes to Us

Today's Readings

Genesis: 49:1-2, 8-10
Responsorial Psalm: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Matthew 1:1-17

Reflection for Today

In today’s Gospel we are looking at the genealogy of Jesus Christ. This is the God of the universe, and He has decided to humble Himself, to be more relatable for us. He has made the choice to come from humble beginnings, to work most of His life doing manual labor and making a humble and honest living. Our family background and our family tree are very important. Many things are handed down from generation to generation, some good, some not so good.

We see this with quite a few of the people we meet on the streets; they have grown up dependent on government assistance, or maybe their parents are in a homeless shelter. We should provide the homeless and poor with the opportunity to change the course of their lives and therefore, the lives of their children, by breaking the cycle of homelessness. We do this by providing the homeless with the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient.

Prayer for Today

Lord God, help us to live a life of gratitude. Help us to always strive to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given. And Lord we ask You to heal any brokenness in our family tree, past and present. Amen.

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A God Who Humbly Comes to Us

Today's Readings

Genesis: 49:1-2, 8-10
Responsorial Psalm: Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.
Matthew 1:1-17

Reflection for Today

In today’s Gospel we are looking at the genealogy of Jesus Christ. This is the God of the universe, and He has decided to humble Himself, to be more relatable for us. He has made the choice to come from humble beginnings, to work most of His life doing manual labor and making a humble and honest living. Our family background and our family tree are very important. Many things are handed down from generation to generation, some good, some not so good.

We see this with quite a few of the people we meet on the streets; they have grown up dependent on government assistance, or maybe their parents are in a homeless shelter. We should provide the homeless and poor with the opportunity to change the course of their lives and therefore, the lives of their children, by breaking the cycle of homelessness. We do this by providing the homeless with the tools and resources they need to become self-sufficient.

Prayer for Today

Lord God, help us to live a life of gratitude. Help us to always strive to be good stewards of the gifts we have been given. And Lord we ask You to heal any brokenness in our family tree, past and present. Amen.

Let Go and Let God!

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Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Today's Readings

Zephaniah: 3:14-18A
Responsorial Psalm: Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

Reflection for Today

Rejoice in the Lord always! It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles and frustrations of life. The second reading is a good reminder to us to have faith that God hears and answers us. He does not abandon us, and to always, in everything, give thanks and praise.

In today’s Gospel “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” We are called to serve. God has so richly blessed us, and we are to take our blessings and share them with those who have less.

Prayer for Today

Lord God, give me a servant’s heart and a missionary’s spirit so I may seek to fulfill Your will for me by serving my brothers and sisters in need, with joy and thanksgiving. Amen.

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Rejoice in the Lord Always!

Today's Readings

Zephaniah: 3:14-18A
Responsorial Psalm: Cry out with joy and gladness: for among you is the great and Holy One of Israel.
Philippians 4:4-7
Luke 3:10-18

Reflection for Today

Rejoice in the Lord always! It is easy to get caught up in the day-to-day struggles and frustrations of life. The second reading is a good reminder to us to have faith that God hears and answers us. He does not abandon us, and to always, in everything, give thanks and praise.

In today’s Gospel “Whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none. And whoever has food should do likewise.” We are called to serve. God has so richly blessed us, and we are to take our blessings and share them with those who have less.

Prayer for Today

Lord God, give me a servant’s heart and a missionary’s spirit so I may seek to fulfill Your will for me by serving my brothers and sisters in need, with joy and thanksgiving. Amen.

Let Go and Let God!

Bob Hook

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