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December 11, 2020

Saint Damasus, instead of worrying
about the short term of life on earth,
you took God's view and looked
to the things that last.
Pray for me that I may be able to look
beyond immediate popularity
and fleeting favors, and choose
to do the things that God wants me to do.


December 10, 2020

It becomes you to be mindful of us,
as you stand near Him who granted you all graces,
for you are the Mother of God and our Queen.
Help us for the sake of the King,
the Lord God and Master who was born of you.
For this reason,
you are called full of grace.
Remember us, most holy Virgin,
and bestow on us gifts
from the riches of your graces,

December 9, 2020

Blessed Juan,
you faced the skepticism and rejection
of a bishop and the crowds
to bring Mary's message to Mexico.
Pray for us that when we are faced
with obstacles to our faith that we
may show that same courage and commitment.


December 8, 2020

O God, who by the Immaculate Conception
of the Blessed Virgin Mary, did prepare
a worthy dwelling place for Your Son,
we ask You that, as by the
foreseen death of Your Son,
You did preserve Her from all stain,
so too You would permit us,
purified through Her intercession,
to come to You.
Through the same Lord Jesus Christ,

December 7, 2020

Last year, at the beginning of Advent, I received a letter. The letter was inviting myself and the youth of the parish to “A Christmas feast to commemorate Christmas.” Fijian people are always ready and willing to attend a feast, and I also read the invitation letter with delight.

December 7, 2020

For You have mercy upon all, O Lord,
and hate nothing that You have made.
Remember how frail our nature is,
and that You are our Father and our God.
Don’t be angry with us forever,
and stop Your tender mercies in displeasure.
For it is not for our just works
that we present our prayers before You,
but for the multitude of Your tender mercies.

December 6, 2020

Lord, You have created me
for goodness, love, compassion and peace.
Help me to make good use of the gifts
You have given me to make a difference
where I am at this moment of my life.

December 5, 2020

You put up with my moods, Lord,
when it all gets too much,
and others don’t seem to understand,
when I’m lifeless as sand, not at peace,
not at rest, lacking in zest, without any go,
because something’s not right,
though what I don’t quite know.

December 4, 2020

Dear Lord,
This time of pandemic is indeed long.
And the statistics are grim.
Days of social distancing have turned to weeks. 
And weeks of near isolation, have become
claustrophobic months.
Like the athletes running the Boston marathon
who named a part of their route ‘heartbreak hill,’
I am struggling and I observe some around me

December 3, 2020

Lord God,
by the preaching of St. Francis Xavier
you brought many nations to Yourself.
Give his zeal for the faith to all who believe in You,
that Your Church may rejoice in continued growth
throughout the world.
May this prayer fill us with the same love
that inspired Francis Xavier to work
for the salvation of all.


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