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December 21, 2017

Pour forth, we beg You, O Lord,
Your Grace into our hearts;
that as we have known the incarnation of Christ,
your Son by the message of an angel,
so by His passion and cross
we may be brought to the glory of His Resurrection.
Through the same Christ, our Lord.

Amen.

December 20, 2017
I am more ready to welcome Christ in my heart.

When I was asked to write about the meaning of Christmas for a newsletter for Columban lay missionaries, I wished to share with other missionaries about something special or unique which others never imagined. But it was not easy for me to reflect and write because Christmas day in my country of assignment [China] is not a holiday.

December 20, 2017

O Lord, You do not fail those who love you.
You do not change or vary Your ways.
Teach us Your own constancy in love.
Your humility, selflessness and generosity.

December 19, 2017

Lord, we thank You for all the love that has been given to us,
for the love of family and friends,
and above all for Your love poured out upon us
every moment of our lives in steadfast glory.

December 18, 2017
It is in the spirit of Christmas that we invite members from different religions to join us.

As I prepare for Christmas this year, my thoughts are with the people of Myanmar with whom I have celebrated Christmas since 2007. I lived in a community in Mandalay.

December 18, 2017

Take, O Lord, and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my whole will.
You have given me all that I am and all that I possess.
I surrender it all to You
that You may dispose of it according to Your will.
Give me only Your love and Your grace;
with these I will be rich enough,
and will have no more to desire.

Amen.

December 17, 2017

O Lord, take away my heart of stone,
my hardened heart,
and grant to me a new heart,
a heart of flesh, a clean heart!
O You who purified the heart
and loved the clean heart,
possess my heart and dwell in it,
containing it and filling it,
higher than my highest
and most private thoughts.
You are the image of all beauty

December 16, 2017

We turn to you for protection,
holy Mother of God.
Listen to our prayers
and help us in our needs.
Save us from every danger,
glorious and blessed Virgin.

December 15, 2017
Christmas in the Andes

Where will the Christmas Festival for the communities be held this year?" asked Carolina, the Coordinator of the active Christian community of Chosicani, one of 20 Christian communities that make up the rural parish of Combapata. This parish is located at 2.3 miles high up in the Andes Mountains of southern Peru.

December 15, 2017

Faultless Lord, enduring death for me,
You have consummated the debt of my sins:
Your sacrifice of forgiveness was absolute!
Grant me the strength to also forgive others,
To excuse their transgressions against me.
So I may truly reflect this spiritual fruit,
Obliterate any persistent feelings of malice.
Let each trespass end as a closing chapter,

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