lessons.

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“Jesus, Son of the Father, you show me how you live by your Word. Let your lessons be bound to my heart.”

Pope’s Worldwide Prayer Network

For the last 31 weeks I have been participating in an Online Retreat offered through Creighton University. Anyone may start the retreat at any time; however, it was developed for and encouraged to be made following the Liturgical Seasons. Which simply put means: an outlined calendar provides a guide for making the retreat according to a schedule that conforms to the Liturgical year!

In early September our Pastor, Fr. Larry Richards, encouraged parish members to consider making this retreat. I was intrigued, looked into the specifics, and then invited a few others to join me in signing up for the 34 week retreat.

I was the only one who did.

(Giggles.)

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happy new year!

Happy Advent! 

And a very Happy New Year to all my fellow Catholics! Yes, Catholics have three chances, not one, to celebrate New Year’s.  On the First Sunday of Advent, you will customarily hear parishioners wishing one another a “Happy New Year!” Non-catholics are generally surprised or confused to hear this, until they discover we follow a liturgical year as well as a calendrical one, and the first Sunday of Advent is the start of another annual cycle!

The second New Year’s Day for Catholics is, of course, January 1.  When we can join the rest of the world, have a drink, look back with thanks, and look forward with hope and hopefully set off a few fireworks!  On this day we will also celebrate again the birth of the Lord, and the dawn of our redemption by honoring Mary the Mother of God.

Can’t touch this!
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HAPPY bee-lated!

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happy, happy, (albeit bee-lated) to you, Oh Sacred Mother!

i was with you through-out the day (yesterday)…

and yet i never had the chance to write & say,

just how much i loved honoring…

your birthday!

“The Lord has chosen her, his loved one from the beginning.” ~ The Liturgy of the Hours

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“Your birth, O Virgin Mother of God, proclaims joy to the whole world, for from you arose the glorious Sun of Justice, Christ our God; he freed us from the age-old curse an filled us with holiness; he destroyed death and gave us eternal life.” ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Canticle of Zechariah Antiphon September 8

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“Blessed are you, O Mary, for the word’s salvation came forth from you; now in glory, you rejoice for ever with the Lord.  Intercede for us with your Son.”  ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Common of the BVM Antiphon 1

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“Eve shut all her children out of Paradise; the Virgin Mary opened wide its gates.” ~The Liturgy of the Hours, Morning Prayer Antiphon

We commemorate the birth of the blessed Virgin Mary, a descendant of Abraham,

born of the tribe of Judah and of David’s seed.”

~The Liturgy of the Hours, Common of the BVM

may her Motherly hugs n’ blessings be your today!