Day 12: Thursday 10 December 2020

Welcome to Day 12 of our Advent Calendar!

Why does the Christmas crèche arouse such wonder and move us so deeply? First, because it shows God’s tender love: the Creator of the universe lowered himself to take up our littleness. The gift of life, in all its mystery, becomes all the more wondrous as we realize that the Son of Mary is the source and sustenance of all life. In Jesus, the Father has given us a brother who comes to seek us out whenever we are confused or lost, a loyal friend ever at our side. He gave us his Son who forgives us and frees us from our sins. – Pope Francis 

(Apostolic Letter Admirable Signum on the meaning and importance of the Nativity Scene) 

Readings for Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Is 41:13-20. Ps 144:1, 9-13, R/ v 8. Mt 11:11-15.

You can follow our daily Mass readings through Advent on our website www.catholicbishops.ie/readings

From today the Gospel passages are about Saint John the Baptist. All the prophets before John were leading to him. His vocation is to show that Jesus is the promised one, the redeemer of humankind. 

Bishop Fintan Monahan of Killaloe is sharing a daily reflection on the scripture readings. You can watch today’s reflection here.

Advent Thought for the Day 

Audio Thought for the Day

Each day during Advent we are bringing you an audio Thought for the Day on a different theme. Today’s Thought for the Day is from Mary Johnston of Accord, Catholic Marriage Care. In this piece, Mary reflects on 1 Corinthians and how it can be applied to this time of year, when stresses can be to the fore in a relationship. Click below to listen to the audio. 

The Words of Pope Francis 

“Where does Jesus send us? There are no borders, no limits: he sends us everywhere. The Gospel is for everyone, not just for some. It is not only for those who seem closer to us, more receptive, more welcoming. It is for everyone. Do not be afraid to go and bring Christ into every area of life, to the fringes of society, even to those who seem farthest away and most indifferent. The Lord seeks all; he wants everyone to feel the warmth of his mercy and his love”.  He invites us to be fearless missionaries wherever we are and in whatever company we find ourselves: in our neighbourhoods, in school or sports or social life, in volunteer service or in the workplace. Wherever we are, we always have an opportunity to share the joy of the Gospel. That is how the Lord goes out to meet everyone. He loves you, dear young people, for you are the means by which he can spread his light and hope. He is counting on your courage, your boldness and your enthusiasm.

Don’t think that this mission is soft and easy. Some young people have given their lives for the sake of missionary outreach. As the Korean bishops put it: “we hope that we can be grains of wheat and instruments for the salvation of humanity, following upon the example of the martyrs. Though our faith is as small as a mustard seed, God will give it growth and use it as an instrument for his work of salvation”. Young friends, don’t wait until tomorrow to contribute your energy, your audacity and your creativity to changing our world. Your youth is not an “in-between time”. You are the now of God, and he wants you to bear fruit. For “it is in giving that we receive”. The best way to prepare a bright future is to experience the present as best we can, with commitment and generosity.

(CV 177 – 178) 

#LivingAdvent 2020 #SharingHope 

During Advent we are sharing family prayers and suggestions for acts of kindness or charity that all of us are encouraged to undertake during the month of December.

Advent Random Act of Kindness 

Sign up to volunteer for something happening in your locality. There are lots of different organisations looking for volunteers and your local parish is always on the look out for people to get involved. 

Act of Charity 

Check out local charities looking for donations in the run up to Christmas. Maybe keep one thing off your own Christmas list so as you can donate to someone in need. 

#SharingHope

We invite you to share our message of hope each day of Advent on your social media or website. Here is today’s message of hope: 

Advent Prayers

Our Prayer Intentions for the Day to Pray Together 

We pray for peace;
that enemies may lay down their weapons
and strive to build peace together.

A Child’s Prayer for Morning
My God, I offer to you this day all I think and do
and say, in union with all you have done fro me
by Jesus Christ your Son. Amen

Dear Lord, I rise from bed to pray: then soon go
out to school or play. Let all I meet along the way
see you in me throughout the day. Amen

Source: Prayerbook, A Catholic Religious Site

Advent Prayer:  In times of need and difficulty

helping hands

Lend Me Your Hand
Jesus, remember me
at this time.
I have questions and concerns,
I am worried.
As you journey with me, Jesus,
in your promise
of everlasting friendship,
help me to place myself
in your care
as you lend me your hand
through the care of my carers.
Help us, Jesus, to allow God’s Light
to shine through our hopes and concerns.

Rev Peter Murphy, World Day of the Sick Prayerbook, 2013.

Advent Book Recommendation – Telling the Rosary

The family rosary is a fond childhood memory for many Catholics. Although the tradition has faded, many still find comfort in this familiar devotion.

Popular writer and parish priest, Fr Vincent Sherlock, takes a fresh look at the way in which we might pray the rosary. Based on many years pastoral experience and a gift of communicating with parishioners and readers, Fr Vincent provides a lovely, readable booklet which will encourage those who have forgotten how, and give new inspiration to those who use their rosary regularly.

This booklet is published by Messenger Publications and is available for €4.95/£4.50 from all good book shops and online from www.messenger.ie

 

 

 

 

Advent Music

christmas star music

This is an Advent hymn called Watching, Waiting, Longing written by Rick lee James and Ted Rastatter.  It is performed here by Shawn Barrett while artist Laura Tappen creates sand art. The song was performed live at Lakeholm Church of the Nazarene on Sunday December 23rd, 2012. Click here to watch the video and to hear the hymn.

ENDS 

 

 

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