December 2014 A.D..
“Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to prepare the ways of Thy only-begotten Son: that by His coming we may be able to serve Him with purified minds.”- Roman Missal, Collect for Second Sunday (Gelasian 5 – 7c)How are you spending your Advent this year? Many, or even most, of us find ourselves too busy in December, yet, even in that hustle and bustle I encourage you to find some way to give yourself time to concentrate on the mystery we are about to partake of at Christmas. Take time to pray, fast, find some time for spiritual reading, and receive the Sacraments as often as possible. I guarantee it will make a difference in your life and your celebration of Christmas this year. We are having a blustery day today. It feels like winter already, we are only scheduled to be in the 30s for a high today, and we have the possibility of snow over the weekend, it’s November and we still have a couple weeks to Thanksgiving. I won’t be surprised if you are reading this and it is a nice warm and sunny day, oh how our Midwestern weather fluctuates.
December brings some Advent and Christmas specials. Each week during Advent Reflections an abbot or priest will offer a special reflection for our weekly inspiration. There will be music and special prayers to keep our focus on the True and Everlasting Gift.
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Finally, we want to wish your family a spiritually rich Advent and glorious and Merry Christmas!
Christmas only just begins on December 25, light up your house and home to show others the joy we have in the Birth of Our Redeemer and King at least throughout the octave or 12 days of Christmas!
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