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Wednesday, first week of Advent (St. Nicholas, Dec 6)

December 6, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. Nicholas’ Day!


St. Nicholas Calming the Tempest

You can read his story here.

Readings:
Isaiah 6: 1-8 (Whom shall I send? Here I am, send me)
Psalm 40:2,4,7-10 “Here I am, Lord; I come to do Your will”
+ Luke 10:1-9 (The harvest is abundant but laborers are few)

It is an honor
beyond telling
to be chosen
to prepare the way
before the King
for Whom
the angels veil their faces,
crying, “Holy, Holy, Holy!”
while the smoke of incense billows
and the mighty doorposts quake!

He will provide
what I must say,
and every need
along the way…
and to receive is to obey.

Do I believe God is infinitely greater than I?
Why do I rely on my own understanding instead of on His?

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Tuesday, first week of Advent

December 5, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Tuesday!

Readings:
Isaiah 11:1-10 (the gifts of the Holy Spirit bring peace and security)
Psalm 72: 1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17 “Justice shall flourish in His time, and fullness of peace forever”
Luke 10: 21-24 (God reveals to little ones what He hides from the clever)

The Holy Spirit
opens hearts
in joyful admiration
to receive
the gifts
God longs to give.

They can be gotten
in no other way.

How open is my heart to God?
Am I trying to wrest His gifts from His hand?

Monday, first week of Advent (St. John Damascene, Dec 4)

December 4, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. John Damascene’s Day!

St. John Damascene

St. John Damascene

You can find his story here.

Readings specific to St. John Damascene:
2 Timothy 1:13-14; 2: 1-3 (Guard this rich trust with the help of the Holy Spirit Who dwells within us)
Psalm 19:8-11 “The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart”
+Matthew 25:14-30 (Since you were faithful in small matters, enter into your master’s joy)

The treasures of the Lord
are to be shared.
That’s how they multiply
and bring delight
to God and man alike.

It will take work
and disappointment,
bearing hardships
for the sake
of those I love…

but there’s no surer path
to joy.

Is the spiritual treasure God’s entrusted to me in the forefront of everything I do?
How willing am I to accept suffering for the sake of enriching others with the Faith?

Sunday, first week of Advent

December 3, 2017

JMJ

Blessed New Year!

And Blessed “Stir up Sunday!”
This is a good day to “stir up” a plum pudding or fruitcake to age for Christmas.
Let each family member give it a good stir,
symbolizing the need to stir up our hearts
to prepare a celebration worthy of the coming of so great a King.

Today we turn a corner in our climb up the mountain of the Lord,
coming around again to a familiar season, at a new height…

Readings:
Isaiah 63:16-17, 19; 64:2-7 (Would that You would meet us doing right!)
Psalm 80:2, 3, 15-16, 18-19 “Lord, make us turn to You,
let us see Your face and we shall be saved”
I Corinthians 1:3-9 (God will strengthen us so that we will be blameless)
+ Mark 13:33-37 (Be on the watch–you do not know when the Lord will come)

The Lord has left me
to my own devices.
And it’s punishment enough
for my incriminated heart!

Return, O Lord!
O, rend the heavens
and come down!
Convert me!
that I might
behold Your Face.

I have no other hope
but You.

I will keep watch,
because
although I do not know
when You will come,
I know You will.

Have I found the root of my misery in my own sinful heart?
How receptive am I to God’s attempts to rescue me from myself?

Vigil of Advent

December 2, 2017

Blessed Vigil of the Holy Season of Advent!

Here are some Advent customs for the home
for you to consider of the threshold of this new Church Year.

Tomorrow is “Stir up Sunday” (do you have all the ingredients for a cake?).

You might also want to take a peek at the “Christmas treasure hunt”
as a way to find Jesus
hidden in the midst of even the most secular trappings around you.

May God bless your preparations for this season of anticipation!

St. Andrew’s Novena

November 30, 2017

JMJ

Blessed St. Andrew’s Day!

You can find his story here, along with information about the St. Andrew’s Christmas “novena”, which begins today
(to use the word “novena” very loosely–this is a lot more than nine days!).

May God bless your prayer!

Easter Octave

April 16, 2017

JMJ

Blessed Easter!

Easter, like Christmas, is not the celebration of a day.
At its height, it’s an entire week.
For eight days (the octave of Easter), the Church celebrates every day as a Solemnity:
a week of Sundays.
The season continues for a total of fifty days–longer than the season of Lent!
Here are some ways to make the most of it.

Share the joy–invite friends and family to celebrate with you!

God bless your celebration!