Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 11

December 12
Day 11: 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:  “Behold, you have heard my mandate, my humble son; go and put forth all your effort.” -Our Lady of Guadalupe

Challenge:  During her first apparition, Our Lady of Guadalupe spoke these words.  Today, imagine our Mother speaking these words to your heart: “Daughter (or son), ‘go and put forth all your effort.'” What specific task are you being called to say “yes” to? How is God asking you to give your very own fiat this very day?  Take courage and have faith!

The Spirit of Anti-Mary vs. the Age of Mary

We’ve all heard of the spirit of the anti-Christ, but is there an accompanying spirit of anti-Mary? The current condition of our world tell us a lot about the nature of this spirit – and also why there is so much reason to believe that an Age of Mary has already begun.

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The Genius of Guadalupe

The feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe isn’t situated in the middle of Advent out of coincidence. Advent was made for women – and not just because we bake all the cookies and buy all the gifts. Like us, Mary was made for this season and the way she completed her mission in Guadalupe gives us a blueprint of how to confront the challenges of today.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 10

December 11
Day 10: 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:  “The knot of Eve’s disobedience was untied by Mary’s obedience; what the virgin Eve bound through her unbelief, the Virgin Mary loosened by her faith.” -Lumen Gentium, 56 (quoting St. Irenaeus)
Challenge: This is one of the most profound quotes about our dearest Mother, painting a vivid illustration of how critical Mary’s role in salvation is–through her obedience, she broke apart the knot caused by Eve’s disobedience.  Her perfect faith unbound the chains of Eve’s fear and disbelief.  Today, ask Mother to intercede for you, praying that our precious Father will loosen the knots of fear and worry in your heart.  What is He calling you to trust Him with today?

Kavanaugh Disappoints on Planned Parenthood Ruling

In what is being hailed as a big win for the abortion industry and a disappointment for pro-life citizens, Justice Brett Kavanaugh sided with the liberal wing of the Supreme Court in refusing to hear a case concerning state efforts to defund Planned Parenthood.

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Teachers Go Rogue in Florida School District

Pasco County Public Schools is facing a legal battle after parents were forced to call upon lawyers to stop a middle school from forcing unwilling teachers to oversee a gender-confused girl who was permitted to use boys’ facilities, and for allowing a school psychologist to direct students to off-premise resources for contraception and sexual activity counseling without parental permission.

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Abortionist Loses Medical License

Commentary by Susan Brinkmann, OCDS

The “safe and legal abortion” myth suffered yet another blow on Friday when the Florida Board of Medicine revoked the medical license of late-term abortionist James Scott Pendergraft, IV who was arrested for operating an illegal home abortion and drug distribution business out of the back of his van. As usual, the so-called “pro-woman” mainstream media utterly ignored the story.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 9

December 10
Day 9: 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:  “In the evening when you go to sleep, hold your beads, doze off reciting them, do like those babies who go to sleep mumbling, ‘Mamma! Mamma!'” – St. Bernadette
Challenge: What a precious image: a baby falling asleep, knowing he or she is protected and cared for.  Today, open your heart and mind to this image, but instead of a baby, place yourself in the arms of our Mother.  How safe do you feel as you lie within Her care?  Pray a few times, “Mamma!  Mamma!”