A Thought for the Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

January 6 – Oh yes, all good things come to us through the Holy Eucharist, as they are rooted in Bethlehem which becomes the second heaven of love. But if all good things come to us from the Eucharist, it is also from there that all our duties arise. The Magi are our models, first adorers in faith. Remain worthy of their faith in Jesus Christ, be their heirs and their love, and one day we will be with them in their glory. (PS 250,10)

A Thought for the Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

January 5 – Take away the Eucharist in the world, you take away its sun, you take away its life. 9PG 275,4)

"What are you looking for?"     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

January 4, Wednesday before Epiphany [When Jesus turned and saw them following, he said to them, "What are you looking for?" They said to him, "Rabbi" (which translated means Teacher), "where are you staying?" He said to them, "Come and see." They came and saw where he was staying, and they remained with him that day… John 1:35-42] ‘What are you looking for?’ A life changing question for disciples of John that led them to follow Jesus. In my journey of life, this was also the question that bothers me for a period of time that made me search for what I wanted to do with my life, and made me search for my vocation. I was looking for something, searching for something that I didn’t know what it was until I joined a 3-day retreat and finally had an experience of God’s presence in my long adoration of the Blessed Sacrament exposed. There I finally found clearly what I was looking for--- to be with Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament! I thank God for this life changing encounter and I also pray for the many young people who try to search for their vocations in life. May they have the grace and generosity to follow their call. Amen

A Thought for the Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

January 3 – What is the Eucharist? It is the supreme gift of love, it is Jesus Christ putting himself who is going to be at the disposal of man until the end of the world. And this without conditions and without any defence other than his love.(PE 3,16)

Walking into a New Year     by:   Sr. Maria Fe Magbanua, SSS

January 2 – Whenever we walk into a new year, we are invited to enter into the unknown. We do not know what events will surprise us along the way. We can only see life for today. But we can risk the road because we have the tremendous assurance that God goes with us on the journey. As we enter the New Year, we trust God with our lives. We trust that there will be enough strength and beauty amid all the pain to sustain us and to urge us forward. We trust that on this road we will come to greater wholeness and transformation. With faith and trust like Mary. (Sr. Maria Fe Magbanua, SSS)

Mary. Mother of God     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

January 1 - Holy Mary, Mother of God. It is clear that the Holy Trinity in the choice and predestination of the happy mother of God had provided her with all the gifts and all the graces of His love. The Father associating her with his paternity in the eternal generation of the Word had to still in her His Holiness. The Word, by choosing for her for his mother, had to endow her with all his wisdom. The Holy Spirit, who was working with Mary in the divine work of the Incarnation, had to adorn her with all the graces of his love. (PO 15,4)

The Light of Christ     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 31 – Leave the past where it is, in God’s mercy. (CO 88)

The Holy Family     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 30, Feast of the Holy Family- Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Last Sunday of December) [When they had fulfilled all the prescriptions of the law of the Lord, they returned to Galilee, to their own town of Nazareth. The child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom; and the favor of God was upon him. Luke 2:22–40] I would like to imagine that the Holy Family- (Jesus, Mary and Joseph) also lived and experienced a normal family life like what we have today. Joseph as father and the provider, the foundation of the Holy family. Mary as the light of their home, a nurturing mother and wife and Jesus the Son, obedient and filial to his parents. I pray in a special way for all the families that through the intercession of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (the Holy Family), all families in the world may grow in love and care for one another. Amen.

To be always hopeful     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 29, 5th day of Christmas Octave [Simeon took him in his arms and praised God, saying, "Master, now you are dismissing your servant in peace, according to your word; for my eyes have seen your salvation, which you have prepared in the presence of all peoples, a light for revelation to the Gentiles and for glory to your people Israel." Luke 2: 22-35] Simeon was an old man but one who was hopeful and looked forward to the coming of the Messiah. As soon as Mary and Joseph with the baby entered the temple, he recognised Jesus as the promised Saviour of all nations. Simeon took the child in his arms and praised God. All his dreams were now fulfilled and as a servant he was content to go in peace. Simeon is teaching me to be hopeful up to the end, and he is also showing me how to welcome Jesus and give thanks to God for the gift of the Incarnate God in the person of Jesus. I pray to recognise Jesus in everyday life and to welcome Him more fully as I move forward to the unknown future. Simeon, holy man of Israel, pray for me!

Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 28, Feast of the Holy Innocents, Martyrs [When the magi had departed, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to Joseph in a dream and said, “Rise, take the child and his mother, flee to Egypt, and stay there until I tell you. Herod is going to search for the child to destroy him.” Matthew 2:13] This passage reveals the will of the Father to protect His divine Son and to protect the sanctity of all human life. St. Joseph played the main role for the safety of the Infant Jesus. This invites me to be like Saint Joseph, to become an instrument, an agent to protect life at all cost. To stand for the helpless, the innocent, the most vulnerable especially the child within the womb.

St. John, the Evangelist     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 27 – St. John, the Evangelist. Remember that natural sadness kills the body and the mind; spiritual sadness, the heart and devotion. I know that there is a wholesome sadness, but I don’t wish you even that one. I prefer to know that you are on the Heart of Jesus with St. John, than at His feet with Magdalene. (CO 142)

St. Stephen, First Martyr     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 26 – St. Stephen, First Martyr. Consider our Savior who from heaven, in his sacred humanity is watching all the people of the world especially those in prayer. This thought is not only an imagination but is truth. Saint Stephen was strengthened and supported in his prayer and in his martyrdom by the perceptible view of Jesus seated in heaven at the right hand of his Father. [cf ac 7,55-56] (NP 46,6)

The Birth of Christ     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 25 – Nativity of our Lord Jesus. Jesus was born in Bethlehem, house of bread. It is a temporal birth to reach the spiritual birth in our souls, where it is conceived by the faith of Holy baptism. Hence, this admirable definition of the Eucharist by the Church Fathers; an extension of the incarnation. Jesus Christ is incarnating and living in man. (PG 314,3)

Benedictus     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 24 [The canticle of Zechariah… Luke 1:67-79] he canticle of Zechariah is full of praise and gratitude to God. Once we realize how blessed we are, we can not help but to sing our praise and thanks to God, the source of all goodness.

Thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 23 (8th Day of Christmas Novena - Philippines) [Immediately his mouth was opened, his tongue freed, and he spoke blessing God. Luke 1:57-66] When Angel Gabriel revealed to Zechariah the good news that his wife would conceive in her old age, Zechariah did not believe it. And as a result, the Archangel struck him mute for the nine months of his wife’s pregnancy… Nine months of silence, to ponder on God’s graciousness to them. After John was born, Zechariah’s mouth was opened, and he gave praise to God. Like Zechariah, many times I also doubt God's personal invitation or challenge to me especially when it seems beyond my capability. I pray for the grace to be always believing in God’s graciousness, that He can work wonders in my life. Amen.

Give Thanks to God     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 22 (7th Day of Christmas Novena - Philippines) [“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” Luke 1:46–56] Mary proclaims her Magnificat because of her awareness of God’s goodness to her and it will be celebrated in all generations! Proclaiming God’s greatness is a duty of love and must always be done, every day, in every circumstance, no matter what. We proclaim God’s greatness primarily because of Who He is. He is God! And He is worthy of all our praise. Oh Mary, our blessed mother, pray for me that I may also seek to glorify God each and every day, no matter what challenges or blessings I receive. May I imitate you, and share also in your perfect joy. Mother Mary, pray for me. Amen.

The Visit     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 21, (6th Day of Christmas Novena - Philippines) [Mary set out in those days and traveled to the hill country in haste to a town of Judah, where she entered the house of Zechariah and greeted Elizabeth. Luke 1:39–40] Mary’s visit to Elizabeth. This story teaches the importance of reaching out in love to others. It is also important to care for my relatives and friends when they need me the most. It’s important to sacrifice my time and energies for the good of others, because through these acts of humble service, I certainly share the love of God and most importantly, I am bringing Christ Jesus Himself to others.

Thought for the day     by:   Sr. Leizle SSS

December 19 (4th Day of Christmas Novena - Philippines) [‘But when he came out, he became mute, unable to speak to them…’ Luke 1-5-25] Zechariah became mute, and remained mute from the annunciation of Angel Gabriel until the birth of his son, John the Baptist. In facing God’s abundant blessings in our life, it is also good to become ‘mute’, to be silent for a moment to ponder on God’s graciousness to us personally. The stillness and quietness within will help me to be more in touch with a grateful heart to the God of Blessings who lavishes his blessings on me.

The genealogy     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 17, December 17 [The genealogy of Jesus, Matthew 1:1-17] Jesus line (bloodline) consists of not-so-edifying ancestors, but still God use these sinful people to be an instrument in the incarnation of Christ. Perfect goodness came out from the ‘twisted branches’. In my life, there were also not-so-good experiences that I have been through but those bad experiences made me go closer to God, made me search for his Divine Presence and most of all, made me hear His voice calling my name to be His…

A Thought for the Day     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 16 – To gather oneself around God, in God’s presence. According to its spiritual meaning, recollection then consists in gathering oneself around God present within. The mind makes an act of faith in the presence of God in oneself; the heart, an act of love, the will, an act of giving; the body an act of respect. (PS 170,3)

Do Meditations with Devotion     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 15 – we must do our meditations with devotion, because as we progress in the spiritual life, it should mainly consist in affection, leave there the discourse of the mind, understanding that a thought is shapeless as long as it does not sunk into the heart, do not seek to tell much to the Lord but to really feel what we tell Him. (PA 9,47)

St. John of the Cross     by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 14 – St. John of the Cross. The cross is not a punishment, it is consolation. The saints have understood this. That is why they are attached to it. (PR 110,2)

A Thought for a Day     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 13, Tuesday, 3rd Week of Advent [Jesus said to the chief priests and the elders of the people: “What is your opinion? A man had two sons. He came first and said, ‘Son, go out and work in the vineyard today.’ The son said in reply, ‘I will not,’ but afterwards he changed his mind and went. Matthew 21:28–32] Words can be meaningless. Promises are empty when not followed by action. The first son is arrogant but his action shows his goodness. The second son sounds co-operative but fails to keep his promise. The Gospel is telling me to be true to my words. Simply say ‘No’ if I can not do it, and say ‘Yes’ if I can. Never make a promise to others when it is quickly gone out the window.

Our Lady of Guadalupe     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 12 - [“Behold, I am the handmaid of the Lord. May it be done to me according to your word.” Luke 1:38a] Mary is the supreme example of obedience to the will of God. As Christian and more so as religious of the Servants of the Blessed Sacrament, the primary meaning of my life is to say with her , "Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word." Oh Mary, mother of Jesus and my mother too, pray for me that I may imitate your perfect “Yes” to God. Mary, mother of God, pray for us!

A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 10, Saturday, 2nd Week of Advent ["Elijah is indeed coming and will restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him, but they did to him whatever they pleased. So also the Son of Man is about to suffer at their hands." Matthew 17:10-13] Elijah suffered much for his people during his days, and now Jesus is clearly saying that He too will suffer including those who follow him. Following Jesus is never easy! Lord, as I continue this Advent journey, help me to become aware of the challenges for me in following you. Your way of life challenges me a lot. May your coming this Christmas be the source of my stringent and inspiration as I go on with the journey of life, keep me aware that You are always with me. Amen.

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