"Walking in the way and the love of the Lord"
“Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior.”
— Pope Francis, General Audience, Nov. 27, 2013
As Advent begins, reflect upon how ready you are to receive Jesus.
Are you preparing for it with the same passion and drive that you are preparing for Christmas through shopping, cooking, decorating, etc?
Are you preparing for the spiritual celebration of His birth?
Are you awake and aware of the numerous ways that God speaks to you on a daily basis?
As Pope Frances says.,"Prepare your hearts to receive Jesus the Savior", make this Advent the time to prepare your heart.
Make some commitments to prayer, spiritual exercises, reflection and attentiveness to His gentle and glorious voice.
Our Lady Calls us to Bethlehem
First Sunday of Advent
It’s All About Love
Our Lady of Medjugorje
Message from December 13, 1984
"Dear children! You know that the season of joy is getting closer, but without love you will achieve nothing. So first of all, begin to love your own family, everyone in the parish, and then you'll be able to love and accept all who are coming over here. Now let these seven days be a week when you need to learn to love. Thank you for having responded
to my call."
What happened to us? And when? When did we become so careful about who we choose to love, thinking we can judge someone's intent. Mary knows that our life experiences can dim our spirits. She knows that when someone hurts us we tend to keep a closer hold on our natural loving ways. And so she asks us again to think about opening our hearts and letting our love show. If we were truly on this road to Bethlehem with Mary, our loving hearts would embrace this young pregnant girl and her unborn child. No questions asked. Today there are many on the road with us. And no matter how strong and bold some may seem, I bet if we could see their hearts and they could see ours, it would be all about love.
Prayerful Path/Mary Maddox
Saint James, pray for us that we may be willing to leave everything to follow Jesus as you did. Help us to become special friends of Jesus as you were. Amen