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December 11, 2015, 12:57 am

Miraculous Intervention

Feast of Our Lady Guadalupe 2015 - "Blessed are you, O Mary, for the world's salvation came forth from you; now in glory, you rejoice for ever with the Lord. Intercede for us with your Son." - December 8th Morning prayer antiphon.

Now and throughout the New Year let us thank God who triumphed over all evil and sin and has sent His Son to redeem the world. Nothing should discourage us and no problem is too great for Him. We can trust in his mercy and love.

Long ago the Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Diego and left her miraculous image on his tilma. At that time 10 million Aztec Indians and other native peoples were converted to Christianity by this miracle. Let us ask our Lady of Guadalupe to intercede for all our special intentions, especially for peace in the world and an end to war and violence throughout the world. Let us affirmed the Holy Spirit of God among us by our faith, hope and love during this Advent season. Join us pray for the conversion of all those who do not know God and all souls, who do not respect life and others' human rights.

Our Lady of Guadalupe, Queen of merciful love, pray for us.
Lord Jesus, source of all salvation, be our source of wisdom and a present help in all our trials.
Holy Trinity, source of all unity and peace, protect, intervene and deliver us from all evil.
In the name of the Father, Son and Holy Spirit Amen.

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December 4, 2015, 10:22 pm

Blessings in the Jubilee Year of Mercy

Vatican City - The Jubilee Year of Mercy begins on December 8th, and Pope Francis is lining up his prayer intentions for December with the upcoming year.

His universal prayer intention is "that all may experience the mercy of God, who never tires of forgiving.

The Jubilee will have a special focus on the sacrament of reconciliation.

His prayer intentions for evangelization are "that families, especially those who suffer, may find in the birth of Jesus a sign of certain hope.

Lord, in your mercy bless all families during this Jubilee Year, especially the sick, the poor, the dying, the victims of war, violence and terrorism and all those in most need of your mercy.

Jesus, we trust in you to accomplish all that is good and holy in our lives through our Lord's Mercy and abundant blessings.

"Eternal Father, we offer you the body, blood, soul and divinity of your dearly beloved Son, our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world. For the sake of his sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world. ..." - from the Chaplet of the Divine Mercy

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December 1, 2015, 11:03 pm

A Joy Filled Advent

Vatican City - In a homily on Tuesday of the first week of Advent, Pope Francis spoke of the Joy of Jesus. He reminded the faithful of the call to live their own Christian lives in joy. The Gospel for the Mass of the day was Luke 10:21-24. Jesus rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and said, "I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will."

Pope Francis pointed out we often think of Jesus when He preaches, when He heals, when He travels, walks along the street, even during the Last Supper. But we aren't used to thinking about Jesus smiling, joyful. Jesus was full of joy. In expressing his intimacy with His Father he shared: 'I rejoiced in the Holy Spirit and I praised the Father.' It is precisely the internal mystery of Jesus and his relationship with the Father in the Spirit, which is the cause of his joy. His life in the Father is showing us how to live in eternal joy as we await his coming.

In the wake of his first Apostolic Exhortation entitled The Gospel of Joy, Pope Francis continues to preach the theme of Joy and calls the Church to experience it and manifest it to the world. He proclaimed, You can't imagine a Church without joy; and the joy of the Church lies precisely in this: to proclaim the name of Jesus.

Pope Paul VI said: the joy of the Church is precisely to evangelize, to go forth and to speak about her Spouse. And also to transmit that joy to the children that she bears, that she raises.

Do we experience Gospel joy? Do we transmit Gospel Joy to others? This special four week time of preparation for the Nativity of the Lord called Advent is a sacred time to reflect on the meaning of Christian joy. It is also a time to ask the Lord for the grace we need to live in and manifest it to others.

Christian Joy finds its root in the relationship we have in and through Jesus Christ, with the Father, in the Holy Spirit. That relationship not only survives struggle, it thrives in struggle. That is, it does for those who have living faith.

We can learn to rejoice in all circumstances when we really begin to believe that that the Lord is always near. The Holy Father is encouraging us to cultivate the fruit of Gospel joy. That will require our exercise of human freedom, to say yes to the invitation.

The example of the Saints' lives can be fuel for igniting Gospel Joy. However, we must invite the Holy Spirit to enlighten us and open our eyes to experience what they experienced, and to give us the heavenly wisdom we need to learn their lessons. Yes, we can pray for our problems to be removed. However, if they do not go away, we can choose to trust that the Lord Jesus Christ will accompany us through them. The word translated Gospel in English literally means "Good News".

Are we living in a way which gives testimony to the fact that we believe that living for Jesus Christ brings joy?

St. Paul, a man who was certainly well acquainted with difficulty and suffering, told the early Christians "Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing". In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. (1 Thes.5: 16 - 24)

Christian joy is one of the fruits of the Holy Spirit (Galatians 5:22). It is meant to be experienced and manifested. It is a sign that the character of Christ is being formed in a believer. It does not mean smiling all the time - though for many of us a bit more smiling would be a good idea. Rather, Christian joy, Gospel Joy, means living as though we know that Jesus never leaves us. He meant it when he said, I am with you always, even unto the end of the world. (Matt 28:20)

Lord, bless us with your joy this Advent Season so we may give it away to others. Help us, help others to come to know you more and more. Help us bring Jesus to others. Grant us the grace we need to experience a holy Advent journey not only for ourselves and all those we serve, but for your glory and honor. In Jesus' name we pray. Amen

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