Avoid the anxieties and tribulations of the season: Look back with Gratitude. Look forward to more blessings by praying a decade of the Rosary every day as a family. Let us wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Savior each day of Advent. [AUDIO]
God promises David a kingdom “forever” and Mary receives the fulfillment of God’s promise. God wants to do in and through You what he did in and through Mary. Christ dwells within us. Care for this presence of God and carry it to others. (21 Dec 2014)
The angel Gabriel was sent from God to a town of Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the house of David, and the virgin’s name was Mary. 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 …
“The one who calls you is faithful; he also will accomplish it.” Our hope rests in God, who has already been taking care of us. This gives us the confidence to trust Him with our future. When I can’t, God can, and He will, and He is. (14 Dec 2014)
Here comes your God with power — to scoop you up in his strong arms! Stop trusting in money and things. Our true security does not come from what we have but from who we are: beloved sheep in the arms of our mighty and gentle shepherd. (7 Dec 2014)
Vigilate! Watch for unsavory characters. Keep our Advent focused on what matters. Watch for the Master, who is present and blessing us daily. Try Grace Before Meals this Advent season, and you will begin to see God’s blessings. (30 Nov 2014)
You haven’t finished your Christmas shopping – you forgot the Birthday Boy! There is only one thing He really needs: space to be born. Being Welcoming costs us something. Will you make space in your life for Jesus?
John the Baptist might be getting discouraged, and so might we: Where is the Lord? Don’t be discouraged. The Lord who is coming is already here. Pope Francis said: “… in these things we always find Jesus.” Advent is about starting to see that the Lord is here right now, in things as simple as a Grace before Meals. “Rejoice in the Lord always, again I say: Rejoice. Indeed the Lord is near.”
When Jesus came to earth, He did not begin sorting the good from the bad right away. Instead He came to plant faith on the earth so that there could be an abundant harvest. We have been given the faith, but it needs to grow. Mary helps nourish the faith in our hearts and she helps teach her children to walk. The walk of faith is when we do not rely on the things around us for support, and Mary help us take our first faith steps.
Nelson Mandela brought Truth and Reconciliation to South Africa. The coming Messiah brings Truth and Reconciliation, and we must repent and be prepared. John the Baptist condemns the Pharisees for creating a crooked yardstick to measure people. We need to put down our crooked yardsticks and let Jesus do the measuring. A good way to do this is a nightly examination of Conscience. Repent today, because the Lord is closer than you think.