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‘Be on your guard, stay awake, because you never know when the time will come.”

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“Watch your thoughts, they become words. Watch your words, they become actions. Watch your actions, they become habits. Watch your habits, they become your character. Watch your character, it becomes your destiny.

Watchfulness is a way of embracing every virtue — it is the heart’s commandment of stillness and, when free from mental images, it is the guarding of the intellect.

There are four types of watchfulness:

The first type closely scrutinizes every mental image or provocation — for only by means of a mental image can the devil fabricate an evil thought and insinuate this into the intellect in order to lead it astray.

The second type frees the heart from all thoughts, keeping it profoundly silent and still, and in praying.

The third type continually and humbly calls upon the Lord Jesus Christ for help, while the fourth type makes us constantly cognizant of death.

These types of watchfulness serve us our doorkeepers and bar our entry to evil thoughts. Guard our mind and we will not be harassed by temptations. But if we fail to guard our minds, accept patiently whatever trial comes.”

Today is the first Sunday of Advent — which means to prepare and to welcome in expectation for. It came from the Latin word ‘Adventus’ — which literally means ‘coming’ — the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. During this season, we are reminded of the need to be watchful and vigilant. Life is short, and death is certain.

Our hope is that we are not caught unprepared, and be filled with much regret that we did not live well and did not love enough when death finally arrives.

Today also ushers Christmas — the season of hope. We have to embrace the thought that the image of the judgment day is not an image of fear, but an image of hope, of grateful anticipation —- our comfort and our yearning. Bill Keane said, “Yesterday is history, tomorrow is a mystery, today is a gift of God, which is why we call it the present.”

We plea for God’s grace hoping that His grace will give us the strength to face our challenges everyday — but more important — the big face-off with Him someday.

Christmas just like Easter is a period of atonement and self-introspection — a time for reflection and for us to look deeply into our lives. We have to prepare for His coming, just like preparing for a VIP invited to our party. We must make it our opportunity to look beyond the present moment and set-up our place in His kingdom.

Dear Lord, make us stay awake and be on our guard always. May we be constantly reminded that if we stay wakeful and live in faith and hope of Christ’s coming we will enjoy the fullness of life with God in eternity. As we pray daily in the Our Father: “May your kingdom come, your will be done on earth as it is in heaven.”

Amen.

Need For Watchfulness Mk 13:33-37

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Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving wide open heart that thinks of others first.

The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history.

It give us meaning , the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years.

Let the spirit of love gently fill our hearts and homes.

In this loveliest of seasons we have many reasons for happiness.

Let us honor Christmas in our hearts , we have the gift of faith, the blessing of hope

and the peace of His love and try to keep it all the years.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all!

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A ray of hope flitters in the sky

A tiny star lights up way up high

All across the land dawns a brand new morn

This comes to pass when a child is born

A silent wish sails the seven seas

The winds have changed whisper in the trees

And the walls of doubt crumble tossed and torn

This comes to pass when a child is born

A rosy hue settles all around

You’ve got the feel you’re on solid ground

For a spell or two no-one seems forlorn

This comes to pass when a child is born

And all of this happened

Because the world is waiting

Waiting for one child

Black, white, yellow, no one knows

But a child that would grow up and turn tears to

laughter

Hate to love, war to peace

And everyone to everyone’s neighbour

Misery and suffering would be forgotten forever

It’s all a dream and illusion now

It must come true, sometimes soon somehow

All across the land dawns a brand new morn

This comes to pass when a child is born

All across the land dawns a brand new morn

This comes to pass when a child is born

When a child is born

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Grant unto us, Almighty God, in all time of sore distress,

the comfort of the forgiveness of our sins.

In time of darkness give us blessed hope,

in time of sickness of body give us quiet courage;

and when the heart is bowed down, and the soul is very heavy,

and life is a burden, and pleasure a weariness,

and the sun is too bright, and life too mirthful,

then may that Spirit, the Spirit of the Comforter, come upon us,

and after our darkness may there be the clear shining of the heavenly light

that so, being uplifted again by Thy mercy,

we may pass on through this our mortal life

with quiet courage, patient hope, and unshaken trust,

hoping through Thy loving-kindness and tender mercy

to be delivered from death into the large life of the eternal years.

Hear us of Thy mercy, through Jesus Christ our Lord

 

Amen

 

 

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God said that even the desert has beauty. Good times and bad times are part of living.

It is difficult to fully appreciate joy until you have tasted sadness.

Laughter is sweeter if you have experienced tears.

There may be times when you feel like you’re stuck in a dry and desolate place, but an encouraging call or a hug from a friend can be an oasis. . . beauty in the desert.

Though it may not be easy, try to remember that the trials are going to help you fully experience the joy on the horizon.

Sometimes you can’t see it or feel it. Sometimes hope seems far away.

Often the difficulties you face make it seem as if hope has abandoned you.

But hope never leaves. It is always there, ready for you to embrace.

 

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All in One

When I’m weak, You are my strength.

When I’m afraid, You are here.

When I’m sad, You are my joy.

When I’m in despair, You are my hope.

When I’m alone, Your presence stays.

When I stumble, You catch me.

When I don’t understand, You are my Teacher.

When others hurt, You are my Healer.

When I am clinging on, You are my Rock.

When I am overwhelmed, You are my Peace.

When I am unsure, You are my Guide.

When life is too much, You’re all I need.

– – – Anonymous

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