Prayers & Devotions DAILY CATHOLIC for December 22
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vol, 8
no. 53

        O Triune Divinity, we come to you through the intercession of Blessed Mary, ever-Virgin, and St. Joseph, her chaste, holy spouse. In this season of Advent we desire to obtain the grace of purity of intention, that through our obedience to Your Heavenly Will, we, too, can transform our poor, miserable lives into the resplendent stable at Bethlehem where You Only-begotten Son was born.
    Through the intercession of Mary, and all the hosts of Heaven, we beseech You, through the merits gained for us by Jesus Christ, Your Only-begotten Son, to help us convert our hearts, to live the messages of Your Mother, and to ardently beseech You to bring about the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart now, that the Reign of the Sacred Heart might be upon the world.
    Heavenly Father, we trust in Your goodness and beseech You to hear us, not because of our worthiness, but because of our willingness to be Your little children who kneel in adoration to their God. Come, let us adore Him!

Prayer for December 18, 1997

          St. Joseph, your work has brought barely enough income for you and Mary, and you have made what you can from your carpenter's shop to provide for the care of the Child Jesus. You see that Mary is in good health and you are relieved, yet you, too, desired to provide for her. Help us, St. Joseph, to realize that God is our Father and desires also to provide for us His children, if only we allow Him. By our obedience may we shun the wickedness of the world, all its glitter and false promises, and rely only on our Heavenly Father for our every need.

Prayer for December 19, 1997
          Blessed Mother, the Baby stirs in your womb and you smile, knowing how near Heaven is to all the earth. You desired to share your joy with all, but kept silent, knowing the time had not yet come. Blessed Mother, through your intercession help us in these final days before the Feast of Christmas, to ponder in our hearts all of God's benevolence for us, and to proclaim proudly His Name and that we are His children in every aspect of our lives.

Prayer for December 20, 1997
          Heavenly Father, the angels trembled in anticipation of the great event which was but a few days away. You beheld your servants Joseph and Mary, and knew the difficulties they faced, and would face. Yet Your grace sheltered them, and You led them along the sure path. Help us to walk in the sure way which is always Your Way, that we may arrive at the Heavenly Bethlehem to adore the tiny Good Shepherd.

Prayer for December 21, 1997
          Dear Mother of God, the day is almost upon us and somehow we have not done all that we intended through this novena . Yet we renew again this day our desire to be one with Jesus. We desire to be present at the stable in Bethlehem, there to kneel and offer homage and praise with you and St. Joseph, interced for us, obtaining these graces of which we are not worthy, but of which we trust in God's love and mercy. Take us by the hand and help us walk beside you and Joseph as you set out from Nazareth on the road to Bethlehem.
Prayer for December 22, 1997
          More and more people crowded the road. The nights were cold, and the days long. Riding on a donkey was a lot different than riding in a comfortable, heated automobile. Help us, Mary, to recognize that we are often lazy and spoiled, unwilling to make any sacrifice for God, Who lowered Himself to become Man, to be born in an impoverished stable. We are in need of your help, Blessed Mother, to overcome the weakness which is inherent in our characters, that instead we might be strengthened in our faith, made ardent in our love and fervent in our trust.
Prayer for December 23, 1997
          Heavenly Father, You summoned the entire court of Heaven to witness that event whereby Your Only Begotten Son would come among men to save them from their sins. How joyful were the Heavens that night, filled with a splendor we cannot comprehend, as the stable in Bethlehem became awash with glory, more resplendent than all the palaces of all the kings that have ever ruled. Make of our hearts and souls a stable alight with the Love of God, wherein Your Son might be born, and let Your angels come and sing to us, "Glory to God in the Highest, and on earth, Peace among men of good will!"
Prayer for December 24, 1997
          "O Divine Infant, I humbly kneel before You, my God and Savior. I have truly struggled to prepare myself for You this day. I am poor and wretched, just as the stable at Bethlehem was. By Your Merciful Presence You changed the miserable poverty of the stable into a sublime Heavenly dwelling. O Good Jesus, tiny infant, I beseech You to grant me the grace of always remaining in child-like faith to adore You; and to be renewed by Your Presence both now and for all Eternity. Through the intercession of Your Most Holy Mother, I welcome You into my poor heart, begging You never again to leave. Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit for coming to me, your little child. Hasten the Triumph of Mary's Immaculate Heart, and may Your Mercy and Justice purify the earth as You Will. Amen."
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December 24, 1997 volume 8, no. 59

December 1997