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A Short Prayer & Reflection for the 4th Sunday of Advent

Dec 22, 2018 By Gretchen Filz

"Almighty, eternal, just and merciful God, give us miserable ones the grace to do for You alone what we know you want us to do and always to desire what pleases You. Inwardly cleansed, interiorly enlightened and inflamed by the fire of the Holy Spirit, may we be able to follow in the footsteps of Your beloved Son, our Lord Jesus[...]

A Short Prayer & Reflection for the 3rd Sunday of Advent

Dec 15, 2018 By Gretchen Filz

"O Almighty God, gracious provider and giver of life, we anxiously await the celebration of your birth. Like the people of long ago, our ancestors in faith, we, too, are in need of light, in need of direction, in need of your Word, to show us the way. Our busy lives and the consumerism that surrounds us make it difficult to reco[...]

A Short Prayer & Reflection for the 2nd Sunday of Advent

Dec 08, 2018 By Gretchen Filz

O holy, patient, and loving God, in this season of grace-filled longing, we await the coming of your Son and our Savior. It is difficult for us to remember that this is a holy time. There are many distractions: commitments seem to pile up, and expectations are high. In the midst of our busy world, our busy lives, we need your he[...]

A Short Prayer & Reflection for the 1st Sunday of Advent

Dec 01, 2018 By Gretchen Filz

FIRST SUNDAY OF ADVENT: IN EXPECTATION OF OUR LORDView The Catholic Company's entire selection of Advent Prayer Books here.TODAY'S GOSPELJesus said to his disciples: “There will be signs in the sun, the moon, and the stars, and on earth nations will be in dismay, perplexed by the roaring of the sea and the waves. People will die[...]

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Apr 27, 2017 By Gretchen Filz

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