God bless you, Nelson.
" … and if a man of peace lives there …" (Lk. 10:6)
December Missionary Prayer
“That the mystery of the Incarnation we are celebrating may renew in us the passion for the proclamation of the Gospel of peace, reconciliation and justice among all peoples.” Let us pray.
Pope Francis Missionary Intention
"That Christians, enlightened by the Word incarnate, may prepare humanity for the Saviour's coming." Let us pray.
Many people, including non-Christians, are preparing for Christmas. We Christians are preparing not only for the celebration of Christmas but also for the second coming of Christ.
While Advent is a designated season for this preparation, we may also experience Advent every time we prepare to receive the Body and Blood of Christ in Holy Communion. When we ask in prayer that we may be more like Mary, we prepare ourselves to receive the Word of God and give him flesh in our lives.
In a talk at the 2008 Eucharistic Congress in Quebec, Cardinal Bergoglio, now Pope Francis, said: "We might ask the Grace of receiving Communion as Mary received the Word and allow it to take on flesh anew in me."
If we do allow the Word of God to take on flesh in us, then, little by little, we as individuals will be transformed. In fact, in us and through God's grace humanity as a whole will be transformed, and we are hastening the day when Christ will return and establish his kingdom once and for all.
Pope Francis went on to say: "The Eucharist is the vital centre of the universe, capable of satisfying the hunger for life and happiness: 'He that eats my flesh, and drinks my blood, abides in me, and I in him' (John 6:57). In this happy banquet we participate in eternal life and, thus, 'our daily existence becomes a prolonged Mass,' as St Alberto Hurtado used to say." Fr. Hurtado, a Latin American Jesuit, died of cancer in 1952 at the age of 51, and was canonized in 2005.
May each Mass and daily offering help us to prepare humanity for the Saviour's coming.
How do I prepare myself to receive Holy Communion? How does that preparation help my daily life to become "a prolonged Mass"?
John 1:12-16 To those who did accept him he gave power to become children of God.
Prayer of the Month
What joy is greater than the joy brought by love? What joy is greater than the joy which you, O Jesus, bring at Christmas to people's hearts, and especially to the hearts of children?
Raise your tiny hand, Divine Child, and bless these young friends of yours. Bless all the children of the earth.
--from Blessed John Paul II's 1994 Letter to Children