December 2007

Advent / Christmas 2007
Immaculate Conception / Birth of Jesus

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1 May Jesus sustain your hearts in all those states in which he is pleased to place you.
2 Jesus always console and bless you. 3 Jesus keep you on the paths of his holy love. 4 I desire every blessing from heaven for you all. 5 The desire to be in eternal peace is good and holy. 6 It is better to do the divine will on earth than to enjoy Paradise. 7 To suffer and not to die was Saint Teresaís motto. 8 Purgatory is sweet when one suffers for love of God.
9 The more God becomes intimate with the soul, the more the adversary fights in an interior manner. 10 Interior struggles are not a danger to fidelity to God, but an opportunity to gain precious merits. 11 Frequent daily Communion, always rejecting unreasonable doubts… 12 …trust in blind and joyful obedience, do not fear encountering evil. 13 If Jesus manifests himself thank him and if he hides himself thank him just the same. 14 May the clement Virgin … obtain for you, from the ineffable goodness of the Lord, the strength to sustain to the end…so many trials… 15 Donít listen to the enemy…
16 …listen to him who has spoken and speaks to you in the name of God. 17 Happiness of the divine Spirit fill your hearts, and those of all souls who want to be faithful to his grace 18 Firmly believe … all those doubts and perplexities of spirit are aroused by the devil. 19 Bear everything with resignation. 20 Donít doubt your love for Jesus. 21 If there is nothing in a soul but a longing to love its God, everything is already there, God himself is there… 22 God is not present where there is not a longing to love him.
23 When the soul does everything possible for its own part, and confides in divine mercy, why should Jesus reject it? 24 Tell our good God to do himself what you are unable to do and he will be extremely pleased with you. 25 May Jesus always reign supreme King of our hearts! 26 Jesus is more powerful than all of hell, and at the invocation of his holy name all knees… bend…to the consolation of the good. 27 Let us trust and pray with trusting resignation and hope in the mercy of Jesus. 28 Injustice cannot triumph and the injustice of man will serve for the triumph of the justice of God. 29 Take heart…be sweet and lovable to all, humble and courageous, pure and sincere in everything.
30 What better desire can I have for you today … (than) … your sanctification… 31 May your home be full of sweetness, peace, agreement, humility and piety as regards conversation The sayings of Padre Pio for the month of December are taken from letters to his spiritual daughters, the Ventrella Sisters:
1916: December 11, December 15
1917: September 5, September 14, October 1


Praying the Month of December

Opening Prayer

Wisdom of God, be with me everyday of my life. Enlighten my mind and my heart today. May your inspired word lead me closer to you and to my sisters and brothers as we journey towards the fullness of life you have promised us. I place this prayer before you as I invoke the loving intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of the Savior and my mother, whose acceptance of your will allowed your Divine Word to be enfleshed in time so that we might share in your life for eternity.

(Recite one of the ĎO Antiphonsí that express the anticipation of Israel for the coming of the Messiah and the yearning of the Church for the return of Jesus among us.)


Wisdom of our God most high, teach us to walk in the paths of knowledge


Leader of Ancient Israel, rescue us with your mighty power.


Flower of Jesseís Stem, save us without delay.


Key of David, free those imprisoned in the darkness of ignorance.


Radiant Dawn: shine on those lost in the darkness of spiritual death.


King of all nations: save humanity, your own creation.


Emmanuel, you are Godís presence among us, save us, your people.

Daily Prayer after the Antiphon:

Lord Jesus, you come to save your people. Happy are we who prepare ourselves to meet you. In the wilderness of the Jordan a messenger came to prepare peopleís hearts for your coming. In our own time, Padre Pio of Pietrelcina, Your wounded prophet and healer of souls, was raised up by You to prepare peopleís hearts to hear Your Word and to follow You in their lives. Help me to hear your words and open my heart to live in Your Will so that I may clearly see the Way to walk, the Truth to speak, and the Life to live. Through your Spirit, and following Your word and example, I can thus come to the Father, Source of all Life, Whose love for me endures for ever and ever. Amen.

Closing Prayers:

To the Blessed Trinity:

O my God, Trinity whom I adore, Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, unmovable and peaceful One, help me establish myself in you today, as if my soul were already in eternity. May nothing be able to trouble my peace or make me leave You. May each minute of this day bring me more deeply into Your mystery. Grant my soul peace and serenity today; let it be the place of your rest. May I never abandon you there, but may I be there, whole and entire, completely vigilant in my faith, entirely adoring in all that I do, and wholly given over to your creative work within and through me.

To Our Lady, Mother of the Redeemer:

Holy Mother, Mary ever-virgin, yet fruitful woman, whose availability to the Fatherís Will allowed God, in the name of all humanity, to be enfleshed in your womb, that He might become one with us in our human nature. I thank you for your openness to the Divine challenge. With hopeful heart, you waited for Godís promise to us to be fulfilled. Be with me today and every day, that I too may wait with joyful hope and accept with loving surrender our Lord Jesus Christ who lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.

To Padre Pio of Pietrelcina

Saint Pio of Pietrelcina, loving Father and Spiritual Guide, the coming of Jesus and celebration of His birth opens our eyes and our hearts to the wonder of a God Who enters time that His children might enter eternity. You were an image of the passionate Christ Who came among humanity amid tidings of peace and blessings for all people of good will. May the Word you meditated and preached enter my heart and be the foundation of my life. May the Eucharist you celebrated and became at each Mass be the source of my strength and consolation, that with you I may adore and proclaim Jesus as my Lord and Savior. He lives and reigns with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever. Amen.