Advent is a time of waiting. It is a wonderful
time of the year. This is the time that God the
decided to send His only Son to us, through
Can you imagine how Mary must of felt, when the
Gabriel told her that she would be the
mother of God.
What would we feel like if that happened to us?
afraid, wondering what people would
think. She did not even know who she was going to
Thank God Mary
did not hesitate because if she
had, we would never be able to obtain heaven.
St. Joseph also had a very big role
in this, which
we so often forget. He could have left and said
no way am I going to marry someone that is already
with child. Instead he trusted God and followed
through with his heart.
We should also follow through. Trusting
plan for us.
Christmas should really be Jesus birthday. We
should be thanking God the Father for
Jesus to be born. Without Jesus we would never see
Could you not spend some time at Christmas
front of the Blessed Sacrament and thank Him for
all the things that He has given you. We should be
to Him. WIthout Him we are nothing
and have nothing. With Him we have everything we
need for eternal life.
A SPIRITUAL CHRISTMAS CRIB
The following directions show you how to build a
spiritual crib in your heart for Christ.
Use it to
put Christ into your Christmas in a real,
Start on December 1. Read the thought indicated
Christ's first crib.
Practice it during the day. Do this daily during
December and make your heart a worthy crib for
Christ on Christmas Day.
DEC.1 - THE STABLE
Frequently during the day offer your heart to the
little Infant Jesus. Ask Him to make it
His home. -
Sweet Jesus, take my heart and make it meek and
DEC.2 - THE ROOF
See that the roof of
the stable is in good
condition, so that the Infant Jesus is protected
from rain and snow. This you will do by carefully
avoiding > every uncharitable remark. --Jesus,
teach me to love my neighbor as myself.
DEC.3 - CREVICES
Carefully stop every crevice in the walls of the
stable, so that the wind and cold may not enter
your senses against temptations. Guard
especially your ears against sinful
conversations.--Jesus, help me to keep
temptations out of my heart.
DEC.4 - COBWEBS
Clean the cobwebs from your spiritual crib.
from your heart every
inordinate desire of being praised. Renew this
intention at least three times today. --My Jesus,
I want to please You in all I do today.
DEC.5 - FENCE
Build a fence about the crib of your heart by
a strict watch over your eyes, especially
at prayer. --Sweet Jesus, I long to see You.
DEC.6 - MANGER
the best and warmest corner of your heart
for the manger of Jesus. You will do so by
abstaining from what you like
most in the line of
comfort and amusement. --Mary, use these
sacrifices to prepare my heart for Jesus in
DEC.7 - HAY
Supply the manger of your heart with hay, by
overcoming all feelings of pride, anger
Jesus, teach me to know and correct my greatest
DEC.8 - SOFT STRAW
Also provide your manger
with soft straw by
performing little acts of mortification; for
instance, bear the cold without complaints; or sit
and stand erect. --Dear Jesus, Who suffered so
much for me, let me suffer for love of You.
DEC.9 - SWADDLING
Prepare these for the Divine Infant by folding
your hands when you pray, and praying slowly and
--Jesus let me love you more and
DEC.10 - BLANKETS
Provide the manger of your with soft warm
Avoid harsh and angry words; be kind and
gentle to all. --Jesus, help me to be meek and
humble like You.
Bring fuel to the crib of Jesus. Give up your own
will; obey your superiors cheerfully and
let me do Your will in all
Bring fresh clean water to the crib. Avoid every
untruthful word and every deceitful act.
Mary, obtain for me true contrition for
DEC.13 - PROVISIONS
Bring a supply of food to the crib. Deprive
yourself of some food at mealtime or candy as a
treat. --Jesus, be my strength and nourishment.
DEC.14 - LIGHT
See that the crib has sufficient light. Be
neat and orderly about your person; keep
everything in its place in
your room. --Jesus, be
the life and light of my soul.
DEC.15 - FIRE
Take care to have the crib of your heart
by a cozy fire. Be grateful to God for the love He
has shown us in becoming man; behave with grateful
towards your parents and relatives. --
Jesus, how can I return Your love; how can I show
my gratitude to You?
- THE OX
Lead the ox to the crib. Obey cheerfully without
making excuses and without asking "why." --I will
for love of You, Jesus.
DEC.17 - THE DONKEY
Bring the donkey to the crib. Offer to the Divine
bodily strength; use it in the service
of others. --Jesus, accept my service of love;
I offer it for those who do
not love You.
DEC.18 - GIFTS
Gather some presents for the Divine Infant and
His Blessed Mother. Give alms
for the poor and say
an extra decade of the rosary. --Come, Jesus, to
accept my gifts and to take possession of my
DEC.19 - LAMBS
Strive to bring some little lambs, meek and and humble of heart, make my heart like Yours.
DEC.20 - SHEPHERDS
Invite the shepherds to pay homage
to our newborn
King. Imitate their watchfulness; stress in your
speech and thoughts the idea that Christmas is
because Jesus will be born again in
Jesus, teach me to love You above all things.
DEC.21 - THE KEY
the stable with a key to keep out
thieves. Exclude from your heart every sinful
thought, every rash judgment --Dear
my heart to all that hurts you.
DEC.22 - ANGELS
> Invite the angels to adore God with you.
Cheerfully obey the inspirations of
your guardian angel and of your conscience. --
Holy Guardian Angel, never let
me forget that You
are with me always.
DEC.23 - ST. JOSEPH
Accompany Saint Joseph from door to door. Learn
from him silently and patiently to bear refusals
and disappointments. Open wide your heart and beg
Him to enter
with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
--Saint Joseph, help me to prepare for a worthy
- THE BLESSED VIRGIN
Go meet your Blessed Mother. Lead her to the
manger of your heart and beg her to lay the
Infant in it. Shorten your chats and
telephone conversations and spend more time today
thinking of Jesus and Mary
--Come, dear Jesus, Come; my heart belongs to You.
"Devotions in Preparation for the Coming of the
Christchild, and at the Crib, from Christmas to
by Rev. Frederic Nelson, published by Marian
House, Powers Lake, ND 58773
By Dorothy Glinski
Jesus, You came to us, on this the most holiest of
to show us the way to your Heavenly Father.
Grant us the grace to be more helpful, to our
compassion to understand other peoples
problems and fears.
The realization, that everyone needs to be loved,
homeless, the rich, the poor, the old, the
middle age, and the young.
HAPPY BIRTHDAY JESUS
By Dorothy Glinski
Mary, you said yes to the Angel Gabriel
Joseph, you said Yes to God the Father and
accepted Mary as your wife.
Mary and Joseph the way to Bethlehem
was hard and
Thank You for going
Mary and Joseph you were refused by the innkeeper
Thank You for perservering
Thank You God for giving us Your Only Son that
first Christmas Night so that we could obtain
the Father, we love You with all our heart,
Please protect, watch over and guide us throughout
all our undertakings.
Jesus, you were born to save us from Original Sin
Merry Christmas God the Father and Holy Family
Thank You so much for everything.
PRAYER TO OBTAIN FAVORS
Hail and blessed
be the hour, and moment in which
the son of God was born of the most pure Virgin
Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem,
in piercing cold,
In that hour vouchsafe, O my God! To hear my
prayer and grant my desires, through the merits of
Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed
(It is piously believed that whoever recited the
above prayer fifteen times a day from the feast of
St. Andrew November 30 until Christmas will obtain
PRAYER TO ST. ANDREW
We humbly beseech Thy Majesty, O Lord, that as the
blessed Apostle Andrew, was
once a teacher and
ruler of Thy Church, so he may ever be our
advocate with Thee. Through our Lord, Jesus
O Christ, our Lord, Who didst beautify the most
blessed Andrew with the grace of apostleship, and
crown of martyrdom, by granting to him this
special gift, that by preaching the mystery of the
cross, he should merit
death on the cross; grant
us to become most true lovers of Thy holy cross,
and denying ourselves, to take up our cross
follow Thee; that by sharing Thy sufferings in
this life, we may deserve the happiness of
obtaining life everlasting.
May God wrap you in His Arms today and give you strength.
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