I have often been amazed at how God answers a particular question, responds to a petition, or gives me guidance on a specific issue through Sacred Scripture. The reality of this points to a great truth -- God is always seeking to reveal Himself and His will to us. In fact, one spiritual writer tells us that God already had us in mind when He inspired the evangelists in their writings. Consider this as you pray the Scriptures using Lectio-Divina.
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Reflection: "Mankind is a great, an immense family...This is proved by what we feel in our hearts at Christmas." - Pope John XXIII
Challenge: How can you love your family better during this Christmas season? How can you love better your extended family, the family of God as well?
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
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