Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 17

December 18
Day 17: 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: “Rejoice and be glad that so great and good a Lord, on coming into the Virgin’s womb, willed to appear despised, needy, and poor in this world, so that men who were in dire poverty and suffering great need of heavenly food might be made rich in him.” -St. Clare of Assisi
Challenge:  What poverty are you experiencing this Advent?  How is our Lord asking you to trust Him with your suffering in order to allow Him to transform your pain into something rich and beautiful?  Do you trust Him?

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How to Survive Christmas Crunch Time

It’s crunch time! Christmas is only one week away and if you’re tempted to panic over a to-do list long enough to stretch across state lines, take some hints from the spiritual masters about how to handle Christmas “crunch time” without losing sight of the reason for the season.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 16

December 17
Day 16: 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: “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

Challenge:  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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Make a List for Christmas Presence

Christmas is almost here! You made your lists, checked them twice. You began your mission to find the best Christmas present for everyone on your list on time Black Friday. You were off with the pack. Thankfully you did your homework, checked sale ads before leaving home, scanned the web, and asked advice from the gift receivers. You fought the crowds to get that perfect item. You rejoiced each time you crossed a person off your list.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 15

December 16
Day 15: 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: Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” -Philippians 4:4-7

Challenge:  Make your desires known to God today.  And while you wait, rejoice in the moment. Trust Him with timing, and allow Him to fulfill all the desires of your heart!

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 14

December 15
Day 14: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: Advent is a time of faith.  We believe that He will come to us, simply because He said He would. In trusting Him, we commit everything we are and have to His care and disposal, following in the footsteps of His dear Mother.  In doing so, we exemplify faith in His promises.
Grace: I pray for the grace of faith during this holy Advent season, entrusting to Him my entire self.  I surrender my will in exchange for His.

Reflection: “Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.” -St. Andrew Novena

Challenge:  What desires do you need to bring to God today? What are you holding onto out of fear?  How is God calling you to trust Him today?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 13

December 14
Day 13: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: Advent is a time of faith.  We believe that He will come to us, simply because He said He would. In trusting Him, we commit everything we are and have to His care and disposal, following in the footsteps of His dear Mother.  In doing so, we exemplify faith in His promises.
Grace: I pray for the grace of faith during this holy Advent season, entrusting to Him my entire self.  I surrender my will in exchange for His.

Reflection: “God’s sign is his humility. God’s sign is that he makes himself small; he becomes a child; he lets us touch him and he asks for our love. How we would prefer a different sign, an imposing, irresistible sign of God’s power and greatness! But his sign summons us to faith and love, and thus it gives us hope: this is what God is like. He has power, he is Goodness itself. He invites us to become like him. Yes indeed, we become like God if we allow ourselves to be shaped by this sign; if we ourselves learn humility and hence true greatness; if we renounce violence and use only the weapons of truth and love.” – Pope Benedict XVI

Challenge:  How can I use the “weapons of truth and love” today? How will that change my heart into a place of humility, and ultimately, greatness?

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Dare to Prepare, Dare to Hope!

The following testimony is from Nicole Marshall, who addressed teens at the Young Women of Grace Dare to Prepare Advent Retreat which took place on December 8 at St. Joseph’s Church in Coopersburg, Pennsylvania.

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Faithful Convince Mall to Overturn Nativity Ban

The “Christmas wars” are being fought – and won – all over the world these days. The latest victory occurred in a shopping mall in Scotland where the faithful convinced the owners to overturn their ban on allowing a Nativity scene in their Christmas display.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 12

December 13
Day 12: Daily Gracelines: ADVENTure with Mary
Theme: Advent is a time of faith.  We believe that He will come to us, simply because He said He would. In trusting Him, we commit everything we are and have to His care and disposal, following in the footsteps of His dear Mother.  In doing so, we exemplify faith in His promises.
Grace: I pray for the grace of faith during this holy Advent season, entrusting to Him my entire self.  I surrender my will in exchange for His.

Reflection:  “At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart? Mark the season of Advent by loving and serving the others with God’s own love and concern.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta

Challenge:  Today, who is God calling you to show extra love? What needs of others are you overlooking, and how can you redirect your gaze from the mirror to Him and your neighbor?

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