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Holy Gospel: December 2
“My heart is moved with pity for the crowd." (Matthew 15: 29-37)

The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary
December 8

December 7 -- Saint Ambrose
Bishop of Milan

December 5 -- Saint John Almond
Priest and Martyr.

December 4 -- Saint John Calabria
Priest, Founder of the Congregation of the Poor Servants and the Poor Women Servants of Divine Providence.

Saint Francis Xavier, Patron of missions (II)
December 3

Holiness Is Just a “Yes” Away!
Challenge: Take a moment to encourage someone to strive for holiness.

The Paralytic Versus the Pharisees
Challenge: Renew your intention to perform your duties for God’s glory throughout the day.

Prepare the Way of the Lord!
Challenge: Offer up invocations spread throughout today, telling Jesus you love him.

Power in Weakness
Challenge: Go before the Blessed Sacrament today, intensifying your union and friendship with the Risen Lord.

When We Show Humility and Faith, You Act, O Lord
Challenge: Offer a word or gesture of encouragement to someone in need.

Flood-Proof
Challenge: Do one external act of witness to the faith.

Jesus is the Bread of Life
Challenge: Make a spiritual communion by inviting Christ into your heart.

Advent Points to the Profoundest of Paradoxes
Christ was born in a cave, a place where people would not likely be searching if they were looking for a savior. This is the fundamental paradox of Christianity.

Online and Remote Spiritual Direction…Is this OK?
Father John Bartunek answers.

The Holy Father´s Week: November 30, 2009
A report on Benedict XVI´s messages and activities.

Mexican Drug Problem: Just Add Water?
Recent measures of control and restriction won’t win in drug wars as much as rooting out all personal corruption.

Religions with Rights
Do religions have rights?

God’s Ways
Challenge: Open your heart to God’s plan.

A Decisive Response
Challenge: Give up something today that diminishes the attention that you give your spouse, family, or friends.

Be Ready, the Lord is Coming
Challenge: Begin some form of daily Advent reminder for your home: Advent wreath, Advent calendar, Jesse Tree, etc.

Saint Natalia of Nicomedia
December 1

Saint Radbod, Bishop of Utrecht
November 29

Saint Joseph Pignatelli, S.J., Priest
November 28

Saint Humilis de Bisignano
November 27

Saint John Berchmans (II)
November 26

Ready or Not?
Challenge: Pray today for the souls in purgatory.

The Kingdom Is Near
Challenge: Make one small sacrifice at a meal today for someone you wish you could help more.

Scary Times
Challenge: Make a fresh effort to get rid of the biggest vice in your life.

Holy Gospel: December 1
"All things have been handed over to me by my Father." (Luke 10: 21-24)


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