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Joy is the true gift of Christmas

December 17
"Joy is the true gift of Christmas, not the expensive gifts that call for time and money. We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness. And the joy we give will certainly come back to us.... Let us pray that this presence of the liberating joy of God shines forth in our lives."
-Pope Benedict XVI
Today's Reflection:
Christmas day is a week from tomorrow! This week, let's prepare our hearts a little deeper to receive our Lord. Today, how can you "communicate this joy" a tad more? Who can you forgive? Who has God presented to you to help or offer some kindness? In so doing, thank Him for the opportunity to serve and love just a drop more!
  

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A source of courage and hope

December 3
"Her [Mary's] example of faithful perseverance in doing the will of God and her heavenly reward are a source of courage and hope for all of us."
-Pope Benedict XVI
Today's Reflection:
How did Mary faithfully persevere in doing God's will? How can she be a source of comfort and support as you embrace God's will for your life, especially during this holy Advent season?
  

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Heart that resembles

June 4
“The heart that resembles that of Christ more than any other is without a doubt the Heart of Mary, His Immaculate Mother, and for this very reason the liturgy holds them up together for our veneration”
-Pope Benedict XVI
Today’s Reflection
How can you draw closer to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary today? How can you also assist your family, your friends, and every person entrusted to your spiritual care to draw closer to them?
  

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Lenten Journey Through the Sorrows of Mary: She remained beside Jesus

March 12
“The Virgin Mary, who believed in the word of the Lord, did not lose her faith
in God when she saw her Son rejected, abused and crucified. Rather
she remained beside Jesus, suffering and praying, until the end. And she
saw the radiant dawn of His Resurrection. Let us learn from her to witness
to our faith with a life of humble service, ready to personally pay the price
of staying faithful to the Gospel of love and truth, certain that nothing that
we do will be lost.”
- Pope Benedict XVI
For Reflection:
In what way do these words of the Holy Father speak to you today? Are we willing to face the moments of our life, from this second forward in persona Maria? How have Mary’s dolors encouraged you and strengthened you to do so?
  

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 29

December 30
Day 29: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: The third Sunday of Advent is all about JOY.  The third week of Advent begins on Guadete Sunday.  We are reminded of His birth and coming, and we await rejoicing!
Grace: I pray for the grace of joy as I await my Lord!  Regardless of what happens this week, I will rejoice in God.

Reflection: "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

Challenge: 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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Daily Gracelines - Lenten Journey with Mary - Day 25

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Daily Gracelines - Lenten Journey with Mary - Day 25

Theme: Mary's sorrowing heart is the perfect "vehicle" to take us more deeply into the passion of Jesus, Our Lord.

Grace: I pray for the grace to enter deeply into the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ by means of the Immaculate Heart of Mary

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One Million Hear Pope Speak on Family Values

Before an estimated one-million pilgrims at an open-air Mass which took place yesterday at the close of the World Meeting of Families in Milan, Italy, Pope Benedict XVI spoke out on family values, reached out to divorcees, and called the Sabbath "an oasis in which to pause . . . and celebrate the family."

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