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20160128_134532.jpgToday at Holy Mass, 19th December, at the Homily, our priest spoke of the Birth of Jesus Christ. He spoke of one story goes of a saint or mystic who had asked Jesus what was it like for Our Lady, a new mother to give birth to her baby in a manger. (I mean which mother today would like her baby to be born in a manger! A mother takes great care and preparation for the new born baby for 9 months.) Jesus replied that Our Lady had said ‘Thank you God’. She was humble and accepting of her state in life. We can learn from Our Mother to be humble and accept God’s Will in our life.

nativityEvery year at Christmas, we see children around the Nativity Crib in absolute awe, just looking in childlike wonder. They ask questions about this simple scene, the story of Baby Jesus, the King of Kings, born in the poorest place on earth. Their parents explain to them the birth of Jesus. They point, they ask innocent questions. They love Christmas, they love the Nativity. We can learn a lot from children as Jesus says ‘Let the little children come unto me, for theirs is the Kingdom of Heaven’.

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During this Advent week approaching the Birth of Christ, let us meditate on how we can become humble, accepting God’s Will in our life today, at this moment and thanking God for everything. Some ways we can do this is to meditate on Scripture Readings daily on a scripture passage, the Daily Readings for Mass, attending Daily Mass, saying the Rosary daily, Divine Mercy chaplet. Eucharistic Adoration is great for spending quiet time before our Lord.  You can have a normal conversation as you would have with a friend, talk to Jesus and tell Him everything, all your worries, your life story and ask Him questions too. He will first of all comfort you, the peace that the world cannot give you, He will give you, He will calm you down, strengthen you and tell you what you need to do, but you have to change your stubborn ways and listen to His Voice!

Gratitude is the key to life’s happiness, being grateful for each day, for little Blessings, for God’s Creation all around us, for our families, our friends, our home, food, water, jobs, money. He has given us everything we need. Thank you Jesus! Help us to be meek and humble of heart Amen!

Merry Christmas to all our friends!

~ Mary

 

 

 

 

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I love this story so much, just got to share!

“As a tall, lanky redhead born and raised in Colorado, 34 year-old Brother David Johnson definitely sticks out in Syria, the Middle Eastern country where he serves with the St. James the Persian Carmelite Monastery in Qara.

He originally came as a student to study the language, but decided to stay after he fell in love with the country and felt God’s call to the religious life there.

That love for language and for God would one day save Brother Johnson’s life. At a recent prayer breakfast in Denver, Brother Johnson recalled the story of Easter Monday, three years ago. He was up in the monastery tower, and, in typical, friendly Colorado fashion, waved hello to some Syrian military men he saw in the hills in the distance.

Immediately the army became suspicious and turned their convoy toward the monastery. When they arrived, they demanded to know who waved at them, and kidnapped Brother Johnson when they found out he was American, thinking him a spy.

“They said what is he doing here, he’s probably just playing like he’s a monk,” Brother Johnson told CNA.

His brothers immediately started praying.

“My community, instead of panicking, they immediately went to the church, began the liturgy, began praying, began Mass,” he said, “and I was in God’s hands, I felt no fear.”

Strangely at peace, joyful even, Brother Johnson began to sing songs of Jesus’ resurrection to his captors in their native language. At first they were taken aback, but then Brother Johnson realized their hearts were softening.

“They said ‘I’ve never heard that before, why don’t you sing that again,’” Brother Johnson recalled one of the soldiers saying. “So I sang again, ‘Christ is risen from the dead, trampling down death by death, and upon those in the tombs bestowing life.’”

The soldiers started laughing and clapping along, and decided they would take him back to the monastery unharmed. But first, they had to show their friends the singing American brother.

“They opened the doors (to their camp) and had me sing these songs of the resurrection to a crowd of soldiers, and they all were clapping! I thought I was dreaming! I thought I had entered into an alternate reality!” Brother Johnson said.

While Brother Johnson is sure that his ability to speak in the soldier’s native language helped in his immediate release, he said he is convinced that the prayers of his Brothers and the name of Jesus in the songs he sang is what saved his life that day. That’s why his advice to all who are concerned about the Islamic terrorists in the Middle East is to pray.

“Pray, pray, pray,” he said, “And put all your trust in His wisdom.”

To listen to Brother Johnson’s story, and to hear what it’s like to be a Christian in the Middle East today, watch the video below:

http://www.catholicnewsagency.com/blog/how-to-escape-islamic-militants-sing-to-them-about-jesus/

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images“The higher your faith, the less you have to analyze, because you just accept. You just accept.

You know Jesus. He comes to you in disguised form, and the disguised form is pain, people, imperfections, sufferings, health, weather, opportunities, work, thousands of things, your faults, your weakness, your temperaments – the whole blessed thing. And all of this together is God, Jesus in disguise.”

~ Mother Angelica Daily Quotes

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