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Saturday, December 30, 2017

Colossians, Chapter 3, Verse 15
And let the peace of Christ control your hearts, the peace into which you were also called in one body. And be thankful.

Today would be a good day to rest in the Lord and go to Mass and receive His body and blood.  As we receive realize that He has given us peace with God and saved us.  Such is the love of our God, the Father!  After Mass follow the Exhortation given from the 1896 edition of Goffines Divine Instructions.

“Ponder with care on the truths and doctrines which the holy Church has laid before thee in the epistles and gospels; thank God with thy whole heart for the great favors and benefits which thou hast received in the incarnation and birth of Jesus Christ; examine thyself also whether thy faith is living and efficient, that thou mayest have the hope of being a child and heir of God; ask thyself whether, during the past year, Christ has been thy fall or thy resurrection? Hast thou confessed Him in heart and deed, or hast thou been a Christian only in name? With such exercises and examinations occupy thy mind until the New Year, that thou mayest be prepared to begin it worthily.”

Christmas Calendar[1]

Read: The Christmas season carries on into the New Year and ends with the Baptism of the Lord (January 8th this year). Take time to read about how you can carry the joy of Christmas with you into the New Year.

Reflect: "For me, the important thing is to open my heart in each moment, to remember that my own inadequacy is where God will meet me, always beginning again." Reflect on a Catholic News Service columnist's ideas for her New Year's resolutions as you begin to plan your own.

Pray: Tomorrow is the Feast of the Holy Family. Say this prayer for families in preparation.

Act: Make a list of faith-based New Year's resolutions for 2018, and pray about them at Mass tomorrow.

Cup of Wisdom

For Christmas my wonderful wife brought me three coffee mugs on being 1) a man of courage 2) a man of strength and 3) a man of wisdom. To be a person of wisdom there is no better model for us than that of the Holy Family. Here is what is on the wisdom mug my wife gave me: Blessed is the man who uses knowledge and experience to improve the well-being of others who guides with respect, and encourages with love. “Make me to know your ways, O Lord, teach me your paths.” (Psalm 25: 4)

Sixth Day of Christmas-Six Geese a-Laying = the six days of creation[2]

1st Day: Creation of light and its separation from darkness
2nd Day: Creation of the firmament and division of the waters
3rd Day: Collection of waters (sea) and formation of dry land (earth); creation of plants according to their own likeness
4th Day: Creation of heavenly bodies in the firmament (sun, moon, and stars)
5th Day: Creation of sea creatures and winged fowl from the waters
6th Day: Creation of cattle, creeping things, and beasts from the dry land; creation of mankind, male and female

49 Godly Character Traits[3]

During this Christmas season let us take up the nature of God by reflecting on these traits that make us a model for our children and our sisters and brothers in Christ. Today reflect on:

Orderliness vs. Disorganization

Preparing myself and my surroundings so I will achieve the greatest efficiency (I Corinthians 14:40)

1899 The authority required by the moral order derives from God: "Let every person be subject to the governing authorities. For there is no authority except from God, and those that exist have been instituted by God. Therefore he who resists the authorities resists what God has appointed, and those who resist will incur judgment."

1901 If authority belongs to the order established by God, "the choice of the political regime and the appointment of rulers are left to the free decision of the citizens."
The diversity of political regimes is morally acceptable, provided they serve the legitimate good of the communities that adopt them. Regimes whose nature is contrary to the natural law, to the public order, and to the fundamental rights of persons cannot achieve the common good of the nations on which they have been imposed.

2385 Divorce is immoral also because it introduces disorder into the family and into society. This disorder brings grave harm to the deserted spouse, to children traumatized by the separation of their parents and often torn between them, and because of its contagious effect which makes it truly a plague on society.

Daily Devotions
·         Drops of Christ’s Blood
·         30 Days with St. Joe
·         Christmas Calendar
·         Novena to the Holy Face Day 4
·         Please pray for me and this ministry


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