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Contemplate the face of Jesus

December 31
"May the Virgin Mary... help us to contemplate the face of Jesus, the Prince of Peace. May she sustain us and accompany us in this New Year: and may she obtain for us and for the whole world the gift of peace. Amen!"
-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Today's Reflection:
Where is God leading you in 2022? Spend time with the Lord this week asking Jesus and Mary to send you the grace of wisdom through the power of the Holy Spirit.
  

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Put on love

December 30
"Brothers and sisters: Put on, as God's chosen ones, holy and beloved, heartfelt compassion, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience, bearing with one another and forgiving one another, if one has a grievance against another; as the Lord has forgiven you, so must you also do. And over all these put on love, that is, the bond of perfection."
- Col. 3:12
Today's Reflection:
Let us enter into the New Year free from the burden of unforgiveness. Pray for the grace to forgive. And if you can not forgive, pray for the desire to forgive.
  

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A healing message of peace

December 29
"The birth of Christ brought a healing message of peace to the world, but to receive it, faith and humility are required: Who has time to listen to His word and to become enfolded and entranced by His love?"
-Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI
Today's Reflection:
Ask Our Lady to share with you her faith and humility that you might enter into the fullness of God's peace and love as you continue your journey through the Christmas season. How can you bring this peace and love to others?
  

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Testimonial: Sylvia

We love sharing the inspiring stories from our Sacred Sisters of their experiences with Women of Grace. Today we're hearing from Sylvia. If you would like to share your story, click here! Stay tuned for regular testimonial stories.

 

"My name is Sylvia and I live in New Mexico. I took the Women of Grace Study back in 2013-14. I learned about the study through our church bulletin. I’ve been a facilitator for four years. I don’t have the words to express what the study means to me. I was very active in our parish for many years. The study came to me, or I should say God brought this study to me at a time when I was lost. My youngest daughter moved away with our granddaughter who I helped raise. My heart was broken. I found women like myself searching for comfort and healing. I have formed relationships with women I needed so desperately.

 

We meet once a month for dinner and we meet for Mornings of Grace once a month. Each year I get the privilege to meet new women coming to our study and continue to grow in my Catholicism and in deep relationship with our Lord and Savior. Thank you for this study- God Bless!"

 
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A voice was heard in Ramah

December 28
"A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more."
-Matthew 2:18
Today's Reflection:
Today is the Feast of the Holy Innocents, a day when the blood of innocent children cries out and we remember them with reverence and love. It is also a day when that points to the obedience of St. Joseph who heeded the warning of the angel and took Mary and Jesus into Egypt to escape this massacre. Ponder these mysteries.
As we draw closer to the New Year, how is God asking you to be more obedient to His will? Where is He calling you to change? What one resolution will make the greatest impact in your relationship with Him?
  

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For God so loved

December 27
"For God so loved the world that he gave his only Son, so that everyone who believes in Him may not perish but may have eternal life."
-John 3:16
Today's Reflection:
As you have journeyed with Mary through Advent into the Christmas season, ponder how God has worked in your life, drawing you closer to Himself through the joys and challenges of your time of preparation. Make note of the many ways you are grateful for the gift of faith and belief in Christ.
  

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Our hearts at Christmas

December 26
"Mankind is a great, an immense family...
This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas."
- Pope John XXIII
Today's Reflection:
How can you love your family better during this Christmas season? How can you love better your extended family, the family of God as well?
  

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O holy night!

December 25
"O holy night! The stars are brightly shining,
It is the night of our dear Saviour's birth.
Long lay the world in sin and error pining,
Till He appear'd and the soul felt its worth.
A thrill of hope, the weary world rejoices,
For yonder breaks a new and glorious morn.
Fall on your knees! O hear the angel voices!
O night divine, O night when Christ was born;
O night divine, O night, O night Divine.
Led by the light of Faith serenely beaming,
With glowing hearts by His cradle we stand.
So led by light of a star sweetly gleaming,
Here come the wise men from the Orient land.
The King of Kings lay thus in lowly manger;
In all our trials born to be our friend.
He knows our need, to our weaknesses no stranger,
Behold your King! Before Him lowly bend!
Behold your King, Before Him lowly bend!
Truly He taught us to love one another;
His law is love and His gospel is peace.
Chains shall He break for the slave is our brother;
And in His name all oppression shall cease.
Sweet hymns of joy in grateful chorus raise we,
Let all within us praise His holy name.
Christ is the Lord! O praise His Name forever,
His power and glory evermore proclaim.
His power and glory evermore proclaim."
- O Holy Night by John Sullivan
Today's Reflection:
Ponder the holy moment of Christ's birth when the Word was made flesh and dwelt among us. What does it mean to you this year? How will you carry Jesus Christ anew in your heart?
  

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Franciscan Christmas: A Time of Miracles

by Theresa Cavicchio

To view the feast of Christmas through Franciscan eyes, we turn to the two saints who most embody that spirituality: its founder, Saint Francis of Assisi (1182 - 1226), and his beloved spiritual daughter, Saint Clare of Assisi (1193 - 1253). One of many hallmarks of Franciscan spirituality which they shared was a deep, intense love for the Incarnation of Jesus Christ, the Word made flesh, in the poverty of His birth. Both were gifted with evidence of this love in miraculous ways.

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I ask only for peace

December 24
"O Jesus, I ask only for peace -- peace and, above all, love that is without measure or limits."
- St. Therese of Lisieux
Today's Reflection:
This reflection from St. Therese reminds us that "perfect love casts out fear." Our Lady was the perfect example of perfect love. Ask her to show you where you need to love more. Who do you need to forgive so that you might experience fully the peace of Christ on Christmas day?
  

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