Also provide your manger with soft straw by performing little acts of mortification; for instance, bear the cold without complaints, or sit and stand erect. Dear Jesus, who suffered so much for me, let me suffer for love of You.
Be aglow with the spirit
Thoughts from Mass:
Hail, full of grace. Father told us that the original Greek read more like "Hail, She who has been filled with grace", which leads us to believe that Mary being full of grace was something that occurred previously...perhaps at conception??
The communion antiphon for today was moving: Glorious things are spoken of you, O Mary, for from you arose the sun of justice, Christ our God.
The most glorious of our activities today centered around 8:00 am Mass at our parish. Three of the girls sang in our parish's new Schola so they sang the Mass parts in Latin and it was wonderful. Mr 12 yo served and it is always a joy to see him up there.
After Mass we stopped for a few minutes to take our family Christmas picture. I haven't even had a chance to look at them yet so I hope at least one of them turned out. Boy was it cold out there. All of our noses will probably be bright red!