“Let us avoid a remote intimacy with God.”

–Augustine Myslinski, Abbot, Monastery of the Holy Spirit

Do you have a sacred space for promoting intimacy with God?

Over the years I have had several different places to develop a personal connection with God in prayer:  while commuting to and from work; dropping by in church, often sitting in nature; more recently while bedridden; and now by my writing desk near a large window where the sunshine pours mysterious rays of love on my face no matter the weather condition.

It is good to have a sacred space, to make it beautiful and inviting, to commune with God.

“Prefer nothing to the love of Christ.”

–Saint Benedict

Where is your go-to sacred space?

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Today is rose candle Sunday when Christ radiates His coming and gives us his friendship.

“God gives joy, after that, not much else matters, so choose a pink candle, light it, and choose Joy!”

–yours truly

Jesus’ coming is just two weeks away!  Are you getting excited?

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“He must increase; I must decrease.”

–John 3:30

On this 2nd Sunday in Advent, the baptism of the Lord by His cousin John the Baptist is the focal point of faith fulfilled.  The two men have a great love for the Father, a love we should also have as disciples of Christ.

“At this Christmas when Christ comes, will He find a warm heart?”

–Teresa of Kolkata

Yes, I believe so, if only we can decrease and allow Jesus to increase in our life.

May John the Baptiste lead the way to prepare all hearts for Joy.

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“Advent is a journey to Bethlehem.”

Fr. Joseph Mary Wolfe

The pre-Christmas busyness is a fine call to making holy moments count as we travel through the 4 weeks of Advent beginning today.  So, what does this entail?  Simply to journey to the story of the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem and to awaken a fervent relationship with Him on a daily basis.  How so?  To spend time in prayer and reflection.  To truly believe what the angels proclaimed on that holy night.

“Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to those on whom his favor rests.”  Luke 2:14

We all have some sort of lack or need that Jesus can restore and heal.  In giving Him those dark areas in life, we become recipients of His merciful love and forgiveness.  Advent gives us a fresh start to receive new graces and peace.  Let’s journey together to Bethlehem.

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“Do all the good you can, by all the means you can, in all the ways you can, in all the places you can, at all the times you can, to all the people you can, as long as ever you can.”

–John Wesley

Each day presents an opportunity for creative thinking and doing.  Ways to look for persons and things to be thankful for.  Actions to demonstrate goodness and kindness that trails in life’s journey.

What am I creating?  Is it good or futile?  I take on this challenge daily with nudges from the Spirit.

What is your challenge for today and this new week?

To be Christ to someone each day is a worthy possibility.

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