Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, Rejoice.
My body is broken from my battle with cancer. I battle numerous infections, decreased mobility, sleepless nights. I am on oxygen as my lungs are weak. There are days when I have no strength to move and must resign myself to the bed. I am unable to do anything and I ask myself how can I give all to the Lord when I have so little to give. I recall the words of Jesus to St. Faustina and I entrust myself completely to His will by praying”Not as I want , but according to your will, O God let it be done unto me.” It is in this moment of brokenness that I can give the Lord all. And this fills my soul with joy. My broken body and aching heart rejoices in the Lord. This is my gift to the infant Jesus. There are times in our lives when all we can give to Jesus are the broken pieces of our lives and it is in these moments of surrender that we can exclaim with St Paul: I can do all things in Him who strengthens me.
Dear Infant Jesus I come before your manager in Bethlehem help us to remember that real worth is not so much found in activity but in the silent surrender of our will to yours. We pray for the gift of perseverance to endure all things for the glory of your name. Jesus, Mary and Joseph make our homes another Nazareth where peace and love reign. Blessed Mother be a Mother to our children when illness prevents me. Wrap them in the Mantle of your love. Help us to always remember the great dignity we have as mothers and illness can never take that away.
Ponder in your heart how much you are loved and the life you live is one of joy to God. Do Not be Afraid. let go of all anxiety and Trust in the Infant Jesus to heal you.
Let your prayer be one of peace. Listen to some Advent or Christmas songs and sit in silence before the Christmas tree and manger, hold the infant Jesus next to your heart and let love do as love wants.
“We are able to go through the most terrible places fearlessly, because Jesus in us will never deceive us; Jesus in us is our love, our strength, our joy and our compassion”
Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Pope Francis calls all Christians to unity during His General Audience Catechesis. He challenges us not to remain resigned to this division, but to take the step towards reconciliation and full communion. “Holy Father, keep them in thy name which thou has given me, that they be one, even as we are one,” (John 17:11)
“Finally, you are one with Jesus as the body is one with the head. He must be your breathe, heart, love, life, your all. These great gifts in the follower of Christ originate from baptism. They are increased and strengthened through Confirmation. Through the Holy Eucharist they are brought to perfection.” -St. John Eudes
We live in a world filled with so much division, hate, and anger. There is a evil fueled by a desire to erase God from families, marriages, schools, and we go on as though nothing is wrong. We have become lukewarm, we want to remain in our ” comfort zone.” and Jesus is shoved aside.as families fall apart, marriages are destroyed, abortion is rampant, no one cares about the family. We stop praying and going to church because we think God doesn’t care. But it is our pride that has shoved Him aside.
“Every attack against the unity of faith is an attack against Christ Himself” ( Saint John Paul II)
What is the cause of the division? It is the desire to do thing’s our own way, without God. This causes a weakness in our souls because we can only see what we want to see. We fail to see the person that is in need sitting next to us. We refuse to listen to another’s point of view.We think we are right, division steps in. This individualism is the enemy of union. When we begin to live outside of God’s will, we say “Non Servium,” I will not serve. In refusing to serve our fellow man, we say no to Jesus. This then is where our prayer lives weaken and slowly diminishes This is when we must turn to the merciful heart of Jesus, and ask Him to teach us how to love the way He loved. We also must stand with the Blessed Mother at the foot of the cross, for the devil flees from the cross. Christ wants us to remain in union with the church, to help each other as brothers and sisters in Christ.