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.

A Thought for Today     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 9, Friday, 2nd Week of Advent [For John came neither eating nor drinking, and they say, 'He has a demon'; the Son of Man came eating and drinking, and they say, 'Look, a glutton and a drunkard, a friend of tax collectors and sinners!' Yet wisdom is vindicated by her deeds." Matthew 11:16-19] Both John and Jesus reveal to the people what God is like, but they are misunderstood and cruelly rejected… What is striking here for me is the response of Jesus (and John). They never give up on the people no matter how badly they were treated. Jesus knew that he could not please all of the people around him. He remained true to his vision and truth. Jesus is also inviting me this season of advent not to give up on people around me especially those who misunderstood me (and sometimes mistreated me) in many ways. This is what advent is all about, to keep loving my neighbors (especially those whom I am having some difficulties with) as part of my preparation for the coming of Christ this Christmas. I also pray that I may not be distracted from following Jesus by trying to win the approval of others. Amen.

Mary      by:   St. Peter Julian Eymard

December 8, Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Who served Jesus Christ better than the Blessed Virgin? She was a servant and a perfect adorer. Mary adored perfectly, even surpassing the angels with a purity so great that our Lord found his delight in her. At Bethlehem and during her entire life, Mary was with him, following him. Mary was the first adorer of the Blessed Sacrament, watching over him constantly. (Conference, Paris, July 31, 1859)

"Come to Me'     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 7, Wednesday, 2nd Week of Advent [“Come to me, all you who labor and are burdened, and I will give you rest.” Matthew 11:28] Jesus’ invitation “Come to me…” is an invitation to allow Him to relieve me from the burdens of life itself. Today I just feel like my energy is really going down. The experience of longtime ‘home quarantine’ is making me burdened, emotionally, psychologically, physically and even spiritually! Where is God amid this pandemic? But today, God is assuring me of His presence among us, inviting me to rest in His presence.

Caring the Lost and the Least     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 6, Tuesday, 2nd Week of Advent [Jesus said to his disciples: "What do you think? If a man has a hundred sheep, and one of them has gone astray, does he not leave the ninety-nine on the hills and go in search of the one that went astray? And if he finds it, truly I say to you, he rejoices over it more than over the ninety-nine that never went astray. So it is not the will of my father who is in heaven that one of these little ones should perish." Matthew 18:12-14] This little parable tells me how God is caring and merciful for the least and lost sheep. God affords to leave the 99 to look for lost one. This gives me confidence that the Lord never leaves his people, seeks the lost even though it wanders away!

Caring for Others     by:   Sr. Leizle, SSS

December 5, Monday, 2nd Week of Advent [And some men brought on a stretcher a man who was paralyzed; they were trying to bring him in and set him in his presence. But not finding a way to bring him in because of the crowd, they went up on the roof and lowered him on the stretcher through the tiles into the middle in front of Jesus. Luke 5:17–26] The paralyzed man found himself at the feet of Jesus through the active and persistent charity of his friends who carried him physically and finding ways of lowering him down from the hole of the rooftop. I can imagine how helpless and hopeless the paralyzed man was but he was given the hope and got healed through his friends’ determination and act of charity. I asked myself, when was the last time I truly cared for my friend? Am I giving hope and helping others to stand up? Lord, increase my hope in You so that I can also give hope to others. Amen.

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