DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, 1731)

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“Most Holy Spirit, Gracious Gift of the Father’s Love, animate, inspire and guide me to be a true follower of Jesus Christ;

– with the help of Your grace, may our eyes always be opened to Your healing Presence in our daily lives, and may You fill us with the spiritual sight necessary to always walk according to Your Eternal Truth. We humbly pray this request in Jesus’ Most Holy Name. Amen.”

Mercy Minutes with Jesus (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

December 6 ~ Part Four: With a Sinful Soul

Theme:  Conversations with the Merciful Savior

(Continued)

“Soul: ‘You have conquered, O Lord, my stony heart with Your goodness. In trust and humility I approach the tribunal of Your mercy, where You Yourself absolve me by the hand of Your representative. O Lord, I feel Your grace and Your peace filling my poor soul. I feel overwhelmed by Your mercy, O Lord. You forgive me, which is more than I dared to hope for or could imagine.

“‘Your goodness surpasses all my desires. And now, filled with gratitude for so many graces, I invite You to my heart. I wandered, like a prodigal child gone astray; but You did not cease to be my Father. Increase Your mercy toward me, for You see how weak I am.’

“Jesus: ‘Child, speak no more of your misery; it is already forgotten. Listen, My child, to what I desire to tell you. Come close to My wounds and draw from the Fountain of Life whatever your heart desires. Drink copiously from the Fountain of Life and you will not weary on your journey. Look at the splendors of My mercy and do not fear the enemies of your salvation. Glorify My mercy.’(Mercy Minutes with Jesus/Diary, 1485d)

My prayer response:

Lord Jesus, I draw close to You in the Blessed Sacrament and drink from the Fountain of Life for strength on my journey through this vale of tears. Please help me to always glorify Your Mercy in my every thought, word and deed. (Mercy Minutes with Jesus)

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Mercy Minutes (from Saint Faustina’s Diary)

December 6 ~ The Heart of My Spouse

Theme:  Merciful Heart of Jesus

“My spirit was immersed in Him as in its only treasure. My heart rested a while near the Heart of my Spouse.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 801)

“O most sweet Jesus who, in Your incomprehensible kindness, have deigned to unite my wretched heart to Your most merciful Heart, it is with Your own Heart that I glorify God, our Father, as no soul has ever glorified Him before.” (Mercy Minutes/Diary, 836)

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Meditation for the Day

Friday of the First Week of Advent, December 6

May God Give to Each of Us the Sight to Live Our Faith with Joyful Expectation and an Inspired Hope in Our Celebration of the Birth of the Christ Child, the Light of the World Who Illumines the Path Which Leads to Eternal Salvation!

Today, we hear our psalmist sing out with words of praise and confidence, “The Lord is my light and my salvation.”

Many years ago, I bought a copy of a painting of the Christ Child. In this painting, there was a glowing warmth which seemed to emanate from the Holy Child. At the time, it reminded me of our Lord’s words spoken some two thousand years earlier, and yet, they are words which speak to us today of hope and the expectation that our God is a God who will never abandon or forsake His children, for He is a God of Eternal Love  –

“I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”

As you and I think about the “light of the world”, we are reminded of how Jesus’ Holy Birth lit up the life of each of the Shepherds and the Magi who came to pay Him homage. He came amongst His children so that He would not only become our Light, but more importantly our salvation from a life of darkness and despair.

In our First Reading today, God teaches His children that a day will come when “…the deaf shall hear the words of a book; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly will ever find joy in the LORD, and the poor rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.”

Each and every morning, the sunrise reminds us that the dark of night does not last forever. And when life appears at its darkest – for there are those moments in everyone’s life when our crosses become very real and oftentimes very heavy in this vale of tears through which you and I must travel daily – it is faith and trust that lights the way! It is faith and trust which gives us comfort and consolation in the midst of our trials and tribulations!

As we near the end of this First Week of the Advent season, as we think about the impending Holy Birth of our Lord, we are invited to remember the importance of the Star of Bethlehem leading the Magi to the Christ Child. And so it is with our Star – our guiding Light which illumines the darkness, the “light of the world” – who leads each of us to God, by providing the light and the way to our own personal salvation.

Each and every one of us is in need of guidance and being shown the way to the path which leads to a life of righteousness. And the True Light of our life, who is the Light of all humanity for each and every generation, will remove our deafness and replace it with words of joyful expectation. He will remove our blindness and give us sight to see His Truth and His Love in our lives and in the lives of those around us.

Jesus asks each of us the same question as He did the two blind men in today’s Gospel long ago, “Do you believe that I can do this?”

Advent stands as a witness against those who would argue that God is powerless. Advent stands as a witness that God truly cares about His creation when He took flesh upon Himself so that He would become one of us in all things, except sin.

The Birth of the Christ Child is the True Light of this world in which we live, for His Light is the only light which gives us hope. It is His Birth, and the Light of His Divine Presence among us, which calls each of us to a life of faith and, ultimately, a spirit of discipleship.

For we see, in the fulfillment of God’s promises, the fullness of His Mercy and the power of His Kingdom – and that power is God’s Love – which fills us with an enduring hope, which, in turn, fills us with endless joy!

Jesus asks you and me today, “Do you believe that I can do this?”

May our “yes” give each of us the sight to live our faith with joyful expectation and an inspired hope in our celebration of the Birth of the Eternal Word made flesh, who is not only the King of kings, but the Light of the world who illumines for each one of us the path which leads to our eternal salvation!

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Scripture for the Day

  • “The Lord is my light and my salvation; whom should I fear? The LORD is my life’s refuge; of whom should I be afraid?” (Psalm 27:1)
  • “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.” (John 8:12bc)
  • “On that day the deaf shall hear the words of a scroll; And out of gloom and darkness, the eyes of the blind shall see. The lowly shall again find joy in the LORD, the poorest rejoice in the Holy One of Israel.” (Isaiah 29:18-19)
  • ‘Do you believe that I can do this?’ ‘Yes, Lord,’ they said to him.” (Matthew 9:28bc)
  • “Now this is the message that we have heard from him and proclaim to you: God is light, and in him there is no darkness at all…if we walk in the light as he is in the light, then we have fellowship with one another, and the blood of his Son Jesus cleanses us from all sin.” (1 John 1:5, 7)
  • “For you were once darkness, but now you are light in the Lord. Live as children of light, for light produces every kind of goodness and righteousness and truth. Try to learn what is pleasing to the Lord. Take no part in the fruitless works of darkness.” (Ephesians 5:8-11a)
  • “A man named John was sent from God. He came for testimony, to testify to the light, so that all might believe through him. He was not the light, but came to testify to the light. The true light, which enlightens everyone, was coming into the world.” (John 1:6-9)

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Prayer for the Day

 “Father in Heaven,

our hearts desire the warmth of Your Love

and our minds are searching for the Light of Your Word.

“Increase our longing for Christ our Savior

and give us the strength to grow in love,

that the dawn of His coming amongst us

may find us rejoicing in His Presence

and welcoming the Light of His Truth.

“We humbly ask this in the Name of Jesus the Lord. Amen.”

Anonymous

Saint of the Day ~ December 6

SAINT NICHOLAS OF MYRA (?-346), bishop – Patron saint of paupers, children, brides, grooms, newlyweds, bakers, prisoners, sailors, and a list too long to mention

Today, the universal Church honors Saint Nicholas of Myra, undoubtedly one of the most popular saints honored in the Western world. In the United States and other parts of the world, his memory has survived in the unique personality of “Santa Claus” – the jolly, rotund, white-bearded gentleman who captivates children with promises of gifts on Christmas Eve.

Nicholas was born in Lycia in Asia Minor in the late third or early fourth century, and was ordained a priest and appointed as abbot of a monastery in the city of Myra in Lycia (on the coast of modern day Turkey).

As a young man, he is said to have made a pilgrimage to Palestine and Egypt in order to study in the school of the Desert Fathers. On returning some years later, he was almost immediately ordained Bishop of Myra, which is now called Demre. He held this position until his death.

About the time of the persecutions under the Roman emperor, Diocletian, he was imprisoned for preaching Christianity, but was released when Emperor Constantine the Great came to power and made Christianity the official religion of the Roman Empire.

There are many stories associated with Bishop Nicholas. During his voyage to the Holy Land, a fierce storm blew up threatening the ship on which he was sailing. After spending time in prayer, the storm abated and the seas became calm.

However, one of the most famous stories of the generosity of Bishop Nicholas speaks of the time when he threw bags of gold through an open window in the house of a poor man to serve as dowry for the man’s daughters who were of marriageable age, and who otherwise would have been sold into prostitution and slavery, as was the custom at the time.

The gold is said to have landed in the family’s shoes, which were drying near the fire. This is believed to be the beginning of the tradition of children leaving their shoes out by the door, or hanging their stockings by the fireplace, in the hopes of receiving a gift on the eve of his feast.

Saint Nicholas is associated with Christmas because of the tradition in which he gave secret gifts to children. In the English-speaking countries, he became “good ’ol Saint Nick”, or by a twist of the tongue “Santa Claus” – further expanding the example of generosity portrayed by this holy bishop. He died on December 6, 346.

Saint Nicholas is one of the most popular saints of both the Eastern and Western Churches. His remains are interred in the Basilica di San Nicola in the city and province of Bari in southern Italy.

We commemorate his feastday on December 6.

(From catholicnewsagency.com, saints.sqpn.com, americancatholic.org, catholicculture.org and newadvent.org)

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PRAYER

(The following prayer is from the Roman Breviary from the Proper for Saint Nicholas)

“Father, hear our prayers for mercy, and, by the help of Saint Nicholas, keep us safe from all danger and guide us on the way of salvation.

“Grant this through our Lord Jesus Christ, Your Son, who lives and reigns with You in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.”

DAILY PRAYER REQUESTS

Please feel free to post your prayer request for today as a comment to this post. Your needs and intentions will be included in our daily offerings throughout the day and at the 3 o’clock hour for Divine Mercy, and your requests will be personally offered to our Heavenly Father, having faith in the words our Lord spoke to Saint Faustina, “Through the chaplet you will obtain everything, if what you ask for is compatible with My will.” (Diary, 1731)

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“Most Loving Lord Jesus, You taught us the importance of building our faith upon the firm and lasting foundation of Your Truth in our lives, recognizing You as the Ruler of our hearts and the Master of our souls;

– as we continue our daily pilgrimage through life, please help us to open our hearts to Your Loving Presence, unconditionally trusting in Your providential Love for us, so that we may always focus our lives on pleasing You and giving You glory in our every thought, word and deed. We humbly pray for this grace in Your Most Holy Name. Amen.”