Daily Prayer for Priests

O my Jesus, I beg You on behalf of the whole Church ... give us holy priests. You yourself maintain them in holiness.

O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Your mercy accompany them everywhere and protect them from the devil's traps and snares, which are continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of Your Mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priest, for You can do all things. - St. Faustina (Diary, 1052)

For Behold, from this Time on…

All Generations will call Me Blessed

Advent is a season that is full of life and there is a very good reason for that – namely, Mary, the one who brings us Life Himself!
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Mary, the pregnant mother of Jesus, is the focus of this Fourth, and last, Sunday of Advent. It is fitting that Mary takes us the last mile of the Advent journey to Christ because that is Mary’s mission and vocation in life: she gives birth to Christ, not only in our world, but also in our hearts.

In the gospel of the Visitation we see her going forth to visit her cousin Elizabeth and to be present to those who are waiting in wonder for the unfolding of a profound mystery. They are awaiting a Messiah, and only with the arrival of Mary do they understand that the Savior is indeed among them – and He has come to them as an unborn child! Mary, in bringing the Savior to Elizabeth and John, becomes the very first missionary of Life. After receiving the Word, we see her in motion to communicate that saving Word to others. We witness her giving hope to a desperate world.

Mary made that difficult journey through “the hill country of Judah” as a pregnant woman – seemingly without resources or support – in order to show herself in solidarity with another pregnant woman who, it was revealed to her, was part of the mystery. She did not plan to be pregnant, nor did she know what the future held for her or her child. In actual fact, she only knew the next step of the journey, which she carried out with love, devotion and absolute assurance that she had discovered her true identity, that of bringing this Child to birth and carrying Him to others.

As we prepare for Christmas, it is imperative that we adopt the same missionary attitude of Mary toward those who are most in need of God’s grace. We remember in a special way those whose lives have been changed by the great mystery of pregnancy and find themselves in dire circumstances for which they may be unprepared. We unite ourselves with them in the same way that Mary united herself with Elizabeth, first in prayer and then in presence or tangible assistance to their needs, as we are able.

In this last week of Advent, let us also remember all the unborn children who are in danger of abortion. They are the brothers and sisters of the unborn Christ Child who came into this world to give us life – life in abundance!

Sincerely,


Edited by:  Jeffrey David

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1 comment to For Behold, from this Time on…

  • Raven

    I know there have been many many articles written about the Rosary. But I think one by Fr. Zacharry of SOLT will be the last one we need! Please invite Fr. Zaccharry of SOLT to write an article about the mysteries of the Rosary. He gave a very profound and meaningful talk on the mysteries of the Rosary at EWTN when our group visisted last April. I wish I had recorded it. It was so amazing. It changed forever how we all understood the deep meaning in each of the mysteries I wish this for all your readers and for me and my group as well.

    Thank You

    Reva Perkins

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