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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 22

December 23
Day 22: 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: "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.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 21

December 22
Day 21: 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: "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?

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 20

December 21
Day 20: 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: "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.

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 19

December 20
Day 19: 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: "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

Challenge:  Are you swimming in joy and rejoicing this week? If not, place it at the foot of the cross and give God any discouragement you are experiencing.  Surely, He will transform it!

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Daily Gracelines ADVENTure Day 18

December 19
Day 18: 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: “But the fruit of the Spirit is love, joy, peace, forbearance, kindness, goodness, faithfulness, gentleness and self-control. Against such things there is no law.” - Galatians 5:22-23
Challenge:  What fruits are you struggling with this Advent?  How is our Lord calling you to grow deeper in these virtues? Ask Mother to storm heaven with prayers for you today!

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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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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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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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