Constant Calling

God does not wait for us to become perfect or even to repent, but calls us constantly, even while we’re struggling with our faults or refusing to acknowledge them altogether. God takes what is at hand and finds the good in it. He takes what is humble and elevates it to a higher purpose.

-from A Mary Christmas

When Silence is Music

More than once during this busy season we might find ourselves wanting to run away to a deserted place. We get caught up in seeking the spirit of the season in the music, the parties, the gifts, and all the other trappings of the holidays. But Advent calls us again and again to seek God in the silence.

-from The Joy of Advent

Beacon of Christ

This Christmas, bring that little bit of Jesus you carry in your heart wherever he directs you. Find out what’s needed, and find a way to help.

-from A Mary Christmas

Model of Joy

At every Mass we assert that we wait in joyful hope for the coming of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. There is not a better time to reflect in joyful waiting than the quiet season of Advent, which comes before the celebration of Christmas. And there is no greater model of joy for us than Our Blessed Mother, Mary.

-from A Mary Christmas

Be Optimistic

The Christmas ideal is different. Yes, take care of your health. But understand how important it is and central to the Christmas message, to be merry, to have a hopeful, positive, and optimistic attitude, even if your health is bad or if life is not at its best. The infant Jesus is lying in a barnyard crib, and yet the emotional atmosphere is glorious and full of hope. What a lesson for us living in a time of worldwide conflict and personal challenges.

-from The Soul of Christmas

Contentment and Joy

As you go through the activities of your day, notice the times when you feel contentment and joy. If you find yourself feeling stressed and surrounded by chaos, take a few deep breaths and bring your attention back to Jesus. Remind yourself that he is the reason for all of this seasonal activity.

-from The Joy of Advent

Find a Way

We are the reason Christ came. Not for the smart, the beautiful, or the saintly, Christ came to save the littlest, the least, the villagers. He’d like your help. This Christmas, stand out as a Christian by finding some way to help those who don’t stand out.

-from A Franciscan Christmas

Without Reservation

I am more and more convinced that the first commandment indeed needs to be the first: to love God with all our heart, all our soul and our entire mind. Our heart, soul and mind can never be divided between God and neighbor or anything else. God is a jealous God who wants our love without any reservations.

-from Love, Henri

Life of Gratitude

Gratitude is one of the greatest Christian virtues. “Eucharist” means saying thanks, and if you could say thanks, not just for what you have received, but also for all the gifts God gives to his people, your life would become more and more a Eucharistic life, a life in which you say thanks to the giver of life.

-from Love, Henri

Pray For Others

My sense is that you will come closer to the Lord Jesus the more you pray for others, because Jesus came for others and praying for others is entering more deeply into the mystery of His divine intercession. There are so many people who need our prayers, and to take the time to lift them up to the Lord is one of the greatest services we can perform.

-from Love, Henri