With all of our imperfections, we begin and end each day at the foot of the cross. It is here where our story begins and we pray it is where it will end. "Jesus said: Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you and learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart; and you will find rest for yourselves. For my yoke is easy, and my burden light." ~Matthew 11:28-30~
Listen to God's voice at the foot of the crucifix." ~St. Gaspar del Bufaro~
Friday, December 30, 2011
Catholic 12 Days Of Christmas~(Days 7 & 8)
Day 7: (December 31)
Feast of St. Sylvester I
New Year's Eve
Read and Reflect upon John 3:16 and St. Sylvester. It's the last day of the year so we will pause to be thankful for God's greatest gift of salvation, through the birth and death of His only Son. We are also grateful for personal blessings received throughout the year, including the challenges that are inevitable gifts. Discussion: What are we most grateful for this year? What difficult things have we experienced that have helped us grow closer to God?
Respond: It is a New Year's Eve tradition in our family that we rotate through our Parish 24 hour Adoration. It is the perfect way to pause and return thanks to God as we express our love to Him, ringing in a new calendar year.
Prayer: For the adults and older children, there are beautiful meditations and prayers in the Magnificat that are perfect for the Adoration Vigil, concluding with this prayer: (Note: Magnificat has a wonderful Iphone/Smartphone App...I believe it's still free for a trial period:)
"I waited, I waited for the Lord, and he stooped down to me...He put a new song into my mouth."~Psalm 40:2,4~
Read and Reflect: upon Mary as the Mother of God. Read Luke 1:38 when Mary proclaimed her "Yes" to God: "Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word. Discussion: In what ways can we renew our own "Yes" to God as we enter this New Year? In what ways can we renew our faith?
How can we have the faith of a little child?
"Mommy, last night I dreamed about Mary and Joseph and baby Jesus and ALL the angels..."
My response: "Wow, Mommy would love to have a dream like that!"