stored up in a bottle

*Today’s post comes from a beautiful reflection in the Be Still Devotional written by Lisa Brenninkmeyer. You can continue to follow along with these daily devotions on the Hallow app or by purchasing a copy of Lisa’s book through her organization Walking With Purpose.

“Then Herod, when he saw that he had been tricked by the wise men, was in a furious rage, and he sent and killed all the male children in Bethlehem and in all that region who were two years old or under.”

Matthew 2:16

Herod had paid attention to prophecies of Jesus’ birth, but instead of responding with worship, he felt threatened by this Jewish king. When the wise men didn’t tell him who or where the baby was, Herod had all the male children in Bethlehem and in that region age two years old and under murdered.

The Catholic Church remembers the loss of these precious children on December 28, the Feast Day of the Holy Innocents.

It’s a horrific scene to imagine, and something we might want to turn away from. Focusing on the massacre of babies, most especially during this time of year, is the opposite of bringing Christmas cheer.

But the Church insist that we not look away.

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SAINT of the Year 2023

Drum roll, please!

2023’s

Saint of the Year

to watch over, guard and guide (me)

shall be…..

hugs n’ blessings for all the wonderful ways I shall learn from this holy one, while I am entrusted under his care!

*To chose your own Saint of the Year please click on the link Jen Fulwiler’s Saint’s Name Generator!

O St. Joseph

A Prayer for All Fathers

Heavenly Father, you have chosen to reflect your perfect and unwavering love for each of us, through imperfect men who faithfully and untiringly love their children. How truly important and special fathers are, that you would allow them to be a living sign of our providential care.

We ask you to bless all men that you have called to the holy vocation of fatherhood. May they persevere in every trial, rejoice in every blessing and never cease praying for their children. By their paternal encouragement, unfailing fidelity and good example, may they lead their children to the bliss of heaven.

O St. Joseph, patron of all fathers, be every dad’s inspiration in all that they think, say and do. Amen.

hugs n’ blessings and a bushel of gratitude for all those Dads striving to do the very best they can!