“[She] kept all these things in her heart.”
Prayer is the answer. Prayer is what the Blessed Virgin Mary did when she faced the contradictions of her life as Mother of the Messiah. It was in her heart that Our Lady found the grace and consolation she needed. In our barren times, how do we need to pray more, not less?
Dearest Mary, Mother of God, pray for us!
Reflection: “Mother of mercy and of hope obtain for the men and women of the third millennium the precious gift of peace; peace in hearts and families, in communities and among peoples; peace above all for those Nations where people fight and die every day.
Obtain that every human being of every race and culture may encounter and accept Jesus, who came down to earth in the mystery of Christmas to give ‘His’ peace to us.
O Mary, Queen of Peace, give us Christ, the world’s true Peace!”
– St. John Paul II
Challenge: Where do you need more peace in your life? Ask the Child Jesus to grant you the precious gift of His peace this Christmas.
Reflection: “With Christ joy is constantly born anew.” – Pope Francis
Challenge: What can you do to today to prepare your heart more deeply to receive the joy of the Child Jesus on Christmas Day?
Reflection: “One filled with Joy preaches without preaching.” -St. Teresa of Calcutta
Challenge: What is the underlying meaning of this quote? Do you believe that you are truly filled with joy based on your interactions and encounters with others? Do you “preach without preaching”? Today, ask our Lord to open your heart to a greater outpouring of joy, and await His lovely gift.
Reflection: “The soul of the one who serves God always swims in joy, always keeps holiday, and is always in the mood for singing.” – St. John of the Cross