“We have to learn to live in the Present Moment. We have to ask God: What are You calling me to do now, in this Present Moment? Not yesterday or tomorrow; but right now. God’s will is manifested to us in the duties and experiences of the Present Moment. We have only to accept them and try to be like Jesus in them.” -Mother Angelica #the100dayproject#100daysoflovelyletters 54/100
When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under, in accordance with the time he had ascertained from the magi. Then was fulfilled what had been said through Jeremiah the prophet: A voice was heard in Ramah, sobbing and loud lamentation; Rachel weeping for her children, and she would not be consoled, since they were no more.
Acts 6:10 // They found they could not get the better of him... because it was the Spirit that prompted what he said. ▫️▫️▫️ Today is the feast of St Stephen, the first martyr and with the readings today and I’m struck by this verse. I can’t help but wonder and hope that when I die, this might be said about me and how I’ve lived my life as a follower of Christ. That perhaps I can say one day that I’ve been so filled with the Spirit that I might be willing to endure suffering and death for His sake and His glory; that maybe whatever blood, sweat and tears I go through in this life might plant seeds in the hearts of those who will wholeheartedly have a hand in helping this Church heal and transform and flourish and give glory to Him. That we might be filled with that same conviction and boldness as you, pray for us St Stephen!
Merry Christmas my beautiful friends and supporters! ++ ▫️▫️▫️ I have a lot to be grateful for and all the love and support for this little side gig of mine is definitely a big one this year! Praying God’s abundant blessings on each of you and your families this Christmas season. May His peace, love & joy be borne in each of us 🎄🙌🏼✨
Happy Christmas Eve! This is one of my fave worship songs and I’ve had it on repeat all day (thank you @house_fires for sharing your music with the world!) Heading to midnight mass soon and it feels like a fitting song while we await the coming of Christ our Saviour. O come, O come Emmanuel ✨ ▫️▫️▫️ My heart is an open space For you to come and have your way I’m open 👐🏼
Day 9 of #simbanggabi dawn mass and I’m truly excited for sweet baby Jesus to come! ▫️▫️▫️ St Andrew has been getting me through the season over the last few years with the Christmas Novena that starts on his feast day — with the Sunday closest to his feast marking the first Sunday of Advent. Pray for us, St Andrew ++ ▫️▫️▫️ Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the season of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Saviour Jesus Christ and of his Blessed Mother. Amen.
My favourite thing about the Visitation of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth is that the fruit of the mystery is love of neighbour. I’m constantly being challenged whenever I pray this second decade of the Joyful Mysteries in who and how I love. I’ve resolved recently to really love with the purest form of love this broken little heart of mine can muster ▫️ Come Holy Spirit living in Mary, teach me how to love like Our Lady 💙
He humbles and exults ++ ▫️▫️▫️ How great is Our God? Had a big two hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament yesterday with Jesus reminding me that it’s Him that wears the Crown and not me. Laying my unworthy crown before the King today 👑
Light is coming... who else loves a good sunrise? I used to be a sunset only gal because sunrise was too early in the morning. Having school aged kids has changed that. I love watching the sliver of first light hit the darkness, the rose and lilac and orange hues begin to fill the sky, reflecting off the clouds. Sunrises have become a favorite part of our day as we share the beauty before us, the possibility of a new day. (Reality check: this is AFTER the nagging and whining and fighting as we try to get everyone out the door 😉) • Today’s antiphon celebrates the coming light. We sing this as part of our nightly advent prayers. Yesterday I heard our 2 year old singing part of the refrain from his high chair while I was fixing lunch. Then later, amid the absolute insanity and chaos, I realized the crazy older brother was actually teaching the song to him. They sat there singing over and over and while I had asked for quiet just moments before, I pushed aside my crabbiness to try and be thankful for that moment of grace. Even (and especially) when we aren’t looking, God is working in the sweetest of ways...even when it feels like chaos. ❤️
Day 6 of Dawn Mass today and my body is feeling the effects of the early mornings and not so early nights. Bishop Mark Edwards made the trek to the west today to celebrate mass and in his homily he said something so obvious but something I’d never thought of before: Mary was like the first missionary bringing Jesus to someone when she travels away from her home - at some sacrifice to her own comfort - to visit her cousin Elizabeth. Man, if Mama Mary wasn’t already a woman after my own heart... she would be even more so now. There has been and continues to be so much fruit in my call to mission and whenever doubt and weariness creeps in, Jesus sends me these reminders and allows me little glimpses of the fruit that’s bearing from the tool of the harvest. You are so so good to me Lord 🙏🏼
Luke 1:38 ++ ▫️▫️▫️ Day 5 of novena dawn masses (aka Miss de Gallo / Simbang Gabi) and it’s beginning to look a lot like Christmas! I also got myself a new iPad and Apple Pencil and have been playing around with Procreate so here’s a little Christmas series coming your way till the end of Christmastide 🎄🎊
I had the privilege of doing some lettering for my beautiful sister on her wedding day and it was an absolute joy!!! also @immarykatherine you are so talented ✨ #100daysoflovelyletters#the100dayproject 54/100