“O Almighty God, gracious provider and giver of life, we anxiously await the celebration of your birth. Like the people of long ago, our ancestors in faith, we, too, are in need of light, in need of direction, in need of your Word, to show us the way. Our busy lives and the consumerism that surrounds us make it difficult to recognize your kingdom and to hear your voice. Help us Lord, to focus on you.We pray that you hear our prayer in the name of Jesus. Amen.”
Even a simple glance at St. John’s poetry reveals a depth and richness that can be understood only by living the reality spoken of. It was in St. John’s darkest time that Our Lord drew him close and gifted him with words to poignantly describe the journey of the soul, and the path to God that inevitably passes through darkness.
O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. It is difficult for us to remember that this is a holy time. There are many distractions: commitments seem to pile up, and expectations are high. In the midst of our busy world, our busy lives, we need your help to remind us of what is important and necessary.
FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORD View The Catholic Company’s entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here. TODAY’S GOSPEL Jesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. […]
Do you ever get the feeling that you have said too much? Whether in a conversation with a friend, in a discussion at work, or even just talking to my husband or my children, sometimes I feel that my words are cumbersome and sound more like chatter than conversation. I seem to forget that listening is more important than being heard.
When I am preoccupied with the cares of life and withhold my gratitude, it is reflected in my inner being. I become more anxious. I am prone to envy and to anger. And I am less joyful. It seems to me that thanksgiving is the key to unlocking true gratitude, which in turn unlocks peace and joy.
Now more than ever we need to entrust ourselves and our families to the spiritual protection of St. Michael amidst the current crisis in the Church. He will help us to triumph during this time of trial and suffering and ensure that our faith will not be harmed, weakened, or lost.
During his earthly life, St. Joseph was the divinely-appointed guardian and protector of the Child Jesus and His Holy Mother. This God-given mission did not end when he died—death expanded his mission to include all members of the Body of Christ. St. Joseph continues his role from heaven as the guardian and protector of the Catholic […]
I love finding ancient prayers and poems of the Church that are beautiful and deeply moving. The kind that continue for stanza after stanza, even when you think that more beautiful phrases aren’t possible! The words of the saints and other holy men and women throughout the centuries have inspired and strengthened me amidst many a difficult day.
As Catholic laity, we often hear about “active participation” at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. We may think that “active” participation means “physical” participation—such as being a cantor, lector, or an Extraordinary Minister of Holy Communion. However, first and foremost, the active participation of the laity is our interior participation at Mass.