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So, even if this comes to you at the last moment, recall: you celebrate an act of God who, out of His mercy, and of His own free will, descended from the heavens to come and find you. Let His power take over and infuse your celebrations. Let Him impart the joy that you seek. Do not seek to create the peace for which you long – let it come to you!

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[As we approach the great Solemnity of Our Lord's Birth, enjoy one final Retreat Box reflection before the close of Advent] O Come, Emmanuel! For many weeks we have raised our voices with this petition. But I, Lord, what do I think when I say these words? – how I would love, and do long, for a new Christmas, a new moment of Your birth, to be taken back to that moment when You were born to us. O, my Lord, how those last words now sting, as I long for You!: “born to us.” To us! Your coming was...

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It is easier to work on virtues with a clear plan.  You leave a good Confession saying, “I will never be impatient again.” Then tomorrow comes and you try to race your family out the door!  Your words are not kind but rather demanding.  Today, start your day with linking a virtue to a particular action... "I will be patient as we rush out the door" and focus intensely on this. Then, move to the next action and virtue, "I will not be quick-tempered as my kids refuse to eat the meal I made for them.” Make a plan and...

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Are you living like the widow who gave her last two coins?  At night, we are exhausted.  Work...kids...house chores.  Where did the time for prayer go?  Do we cuddle up with a giant bowl of ice cream and the TV, or do we make time for some spiritual prayer and reading?  Do we make time for our spouse, or zone out on the computer?  Choose the path of the widow and give all that you have to what and where God has you in life.  Ice cream is yummy, but Eternity will be Beautiful!

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When Our Lord entered our world visibly, at Bethlehem, did He do so secretly? No! He summoned the poor and the rich, the simple and the wise, with supernatural wonders and the singing of Angels! Then, they beheld Him, a little Babe, lying in a manger, in a cave, with nothing else. He came with nothing to give but Himself. And in receiving Him, we receive all that is good.

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