Monday, December 21, 2015

Mercy Monday: Christmas is Almost Here!

Happy Monday, everyone! Like the rest of you, I'm sure, I have a very long "To Do" list, and combined with pregnancy fatigue, I am so not motivated to get things done. In all honesty, I would love to sit around, eat guacamole, drink Abuelita hot chocolate, and watch movies. But, I need to get that list of things done anyway-so, I need to get off the computer and get working. Before I do that, though, I want to dive into St. Maria Faustina's Diary, since 1. It is the Year of Mercy, and 2. As we prepare for the Solemnity of Christmas, it is so fitting that we meditate on God's tremendous mercy and love! As you continue in these last days of Advent, I hope that you can find time in the midst of travels and decorating to embrace silence and peace. Maybe by taking a 10-minute break to spend in silence, perhaps by visiting Christ in a church, or by turning off the radio in the car. Have a blessed, final Monday of Advent! 

                      "The Mother of God has taught me how to prepare for the Feast of Christmas.  I saw Her today, without the Infant Jesus.  She said to me:  My daughter, strive after silence and humility, so that Jesus, who dwells in your heart continuously, may be able to rest.  Adore Him in your heart; do not go out from your inmost being.  My daughter, I shall obtain for you the grace of an interior life which will be such that, without ever leaving that interior life, you will be able to carry out all your external duties with even greater care.  Dwell with Him continuously in your heart.  He will be your strength.  Communicate with creatures only in so far as is necessary and is required by your duties.  You are a dwelling place pleasing to the living God; in you He dwells continuously with love and delight.  And the living presence of God, which you experience in a more vivid and distinct way, will confirm you, my daughter, in the things I have told you.  Try to act in this way until Christmas Day, and then He Himself will make known to you in what way you will be communing and uniting yourself with Him." (Paragraph #785)

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