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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Science Finds Evidence of Destruction of Sodom & Gomorrah

A team of archaeologists has found evidence that the biblical cities of Sodom and Gomorrah were indeed wiped out by “fire and brimstone” when a meteor collided with the atmosphere and exploded over the area.

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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?