December 2010

What can I give him? (12/25/10)

Saturday, December 25, 2010

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“What can I give Him, poor as I am?  If I were a shepherd, I’d bring Him a lamb.

If I were a wise man, I’d do my part.  But what can I give Him?  I’ll give Him my heart.”

May your heart be filled today with the love Christ came to bring to the world. 

May you share that love with everyone you meet.  Merry Christmas!

“Today you will know the Lord is coming, and tomorrow you shall see His glory.”

This antiphon from Morning Prayer of the Divine Office prayed by the Sisters each day highlights our excitement as we wait for the coming of Christmas.  Let us pray today for all who do not look forward to the Christmas celebration because of illness, a death in the family, poverty, or religious persecution (because of the threat of terrorism Christians in Iraq had to cancel all Christmas services).

God with us (12/23/10)

Thursday, December 23, 2010

“O” Emmanuel, King and Lawgiver, desire of the nations, Savior of all people, come and set us free, Lord our God.
Emmanuel comes from Hebrew and means “God is with us.”  Am I aware that within me is a “spark of the Divine?”  That means that I should respect the gift that I am, just as [more…]

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Do we show respect for God’s creation? (12/22/10)

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

“O” King of all the nations, the only joy of every human heart; O Keystone of the mighty arch of man, come and save the creature you fashioned from the dust.
We are made from the dust of the earth, and so we have much in common with the plants and animals that cohabit the earth [more…]

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Are we concerned about justice in the world? (12/21/10)

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

“O” Radiant Dawn, splendor of eternal light, sun of justice: come, shine on those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death.
Are we concerned about justice in the world?  What forms of justice do we work for daily?  What have I done today to make justice a reality?

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Can we live in freedom because we believe that death is not the end? (12/20/10)

Monday, December 20, 2010

“O” Key of David, O royal Power of Israel controlling at your will the gate of heaven: come, break down the prison walls of death for those who dwell in darkness and the shadow of death; and lead your captive people into freedom.
“The shadow of death” is that fear of the unknown which the thought [more…]

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Taking time to pray the Psalms (12/19/10)

Sunday, December 19, 2010

“O” Flower of Jesse’s stem, you have been raised up as a sign for all peoples; kings stand silent in your presence, the nations bow down in worship before you.  Come, let nothing keep you from coming to our aid.
Jesse was the father of King David who is attributed with writing the Psalms.  Take time [more…]

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Do I live by the Ten Commandments? (12/18/10)

Saturday, December 18, 2010

“O” sacred Lord of ancient Israel, who showed yourself to Moses in the burning bush, who gave him the holy law on Sinai mountain, come, stretch out your mighty hand to set us free.
Do I see the Ten Commandments as a burden tying me down, or do I view observance of the Law of Moses [more…]

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Prayer for new marriages and beginning families (12/16/10)

Friday, December 17, 2010

Nine more “praying” days until Christmas!  Joseph and Mary have gotten the word that a census requires them to go to Bethlehem.  There is no question about the inconvenience of traveling with a baby due any day.  Think of the turmoil for Joseph and Mary and their families.  Pray today for young couples beginning a [more…]

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The novena as spiritual preparation (12/15/10)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

The word “novena” comes from the Latin word for nine.  A novena is a nine-day period of prayer, usually preceding an important feastday or event.  Tomorrow begins the novena for Christmas.  It is the final spiritual count-down instead of the commercial idea of “so many shopping days” until Christmas.  This is a good time to [more…]

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