Valentine’s Day & 50 Shades of Grace
By definition, “passion” comes from the Latin verb, “Pati.” It doesn’t mean passion exclusively in a sexual sense. It actually means “to suffer.” True passion means love worth suffering for. It’s the kind of love that made Valentine, the martyr for Christ, the inspiration for St. Valentine’s Day. It’s no coincidence that Cupid’s arrow painfully piercing the heart is a popular symbol of love. Love and passion don’t always feel good.
St. Valentine. Not quite as cutesy as a little angel with a heart-shaped arrow (Picture courtesy of www.history.com)
Food For Thought:
Do something romantic for Valentine’s Day and consider giving a trip of a life time! Join me and Patrick Coffin to Spain, and learn about the “Ecstasy of St. Teresa of Avila” and the mystic Spanish Doctors who help us to know God as the Beloved!
Happy New Year to you & your loved ones
May your celebration of this New Year, and the Holy Feast Day of Mary, Mother of God, be a time of grace and joy!
For the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God, I once again share my rendition of “Ave Maria” that I sang for the 2015 Entertaining Truth Christmas Radio Show on Sirius XM 129, the Catholic Channel. The Ave Maria is my prayer that each of you discover her motherly love and that we become more like her Child, Jesus our Lord!
Let us Pray:
God, thank you for a new year. May everyone in our family be willing to begin anew with a clean slate. We know that you are always ready to forgive us. Help us to be willing to forgive ourselves and to forgive one another.
As we begin a new year, remind us of our truest values and our deepest desires. Help us to live in the goodness that comes from doing what you want us to do. Help us to put aside anxiety about the future and the past, so that we might live in peace with you now, one day at a time.
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A Christmas Prayer at the Nativity Scene
On this most Holy Night, may God’s blessings be upon you and your family. May God look kindly on all of humanity, especially on those who are far from God’s grace, those who do not yet acknowledge Jesus the Christ as our Savior, those who are lacking in the basic necessities of life, those who are hurting in body, mind or spirit.
I invite you to unite all of your prayers, focused on the Child, born for us!
Enjoy my rendition of “Ave Maria” that I offer as a Christmas Gift to you. It’s a clip from the recent “Entertaining Truth” Christmas Special, which you can listen to in its entirety over the next few days on the Catholic Channel, Sirius XM 129. Click Here to listen.
Also, you can CLICK HERE for last year’s rendition of “O Holy Night”, as played with Paul Shaffer on “Entertaining Truth” on Sirius XM.
Catholics traditionally leave the Child out of their Nativity scenes until after Midnight Mass on Christmas Eve. This prayer, in which we humble ourselves before the Savior of the World, born as a Child in a stable, is the perfect prayer to accompany the placement of the Child in the manger.
The entire family can recite the prayer together in front of the Nativity scene. It’s also a good idea to print a copy to keep near the manger until you take it down, so that you can pray it frequently throughout the Christmas season.
Let Us Pray (A Prayer Before the Manger Scene):
“O Divine Redeemer Jesus Christ, prostrate before Thy crib, I believe Thou art the God of infinite Majesty, even though I do see Thee here as a helpless babe. I humbly adore and thank Thee for having so humbled Thyself for my salvation as to will to be born in a stable. I thank Thee for all Thou didst wish to suffer for me in Bethlehem, for Thy poverty and humility, for Thy nakedness, tears, cold and sufferings.
Would that I could show Thee that tenderness which Thy Virgin Mother had toward Thee, and love Thee as she did. Would that I could praise Thee with the joy of the angels, that I could kneel before Thee with the faith of St. Joseph, the simplicity of the shepherds. Uniting myself with these first adorers at the crib, I offer Thee the homage of my heart, and I beg that Thou wouldst be born spiritually in my soul. Make me reflect in some degree the virtues of Thy admirable nativity. Fill me with that spirit of renunciation, of poverty, of humility, which prompted Thee to assume the weakness of our nature, and to be born amid destitution and suffering. Grant that from this day forward, I may in all things seek Thy greater glory, and may enjoy that peace promised to men of good will.” (Source: www.catholicism.about.com)
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Advent Prayer & Christmas Blessings 2014
Written by: Rev. Leo E. Patalinghug
From the Woman clothed with the sun,
A Child is born for us.
His call and mission is to make us one
By loving God, in Him we trust.
In the darkness, this Child is the light
hope for all, freedom from fear.
His presence is God, we now have sight
“Emmanuel” His Name, for God is here!
His Presence remains through Bread and Wine,
Consecrated by words, blessed by faith.
Through simple gifts, God’s presence divine
Hasten to Him, in the Tabernacle He waits.
In the fullness of time may Him we receive,
May faith change us to live holiness as true,
For heaven is real for those who love what Mary conceived,
And faith has power to cleanse and make us new.
This time of the year is one filled with Grace,
Let not the passing be our focus or goal,
But seeking God’s presence in this Holy Child’s Face,
And be like Shepherds who sang to the First Noel.
May this rhyme, prayer and reminder be for you
A song in our hearts that angels sing.
May Advent & Christmas be lived sincerely and true,
And each day of the New Year, God’s Grace may He bring.
May you and your family experience the great joy of this Holy Season. Thank you for being a part of my spiritual family, part of the Grace Before Meals family, and part of God’s human family who seeks to bring as many people to the Lord’s Table here on earth and eternally in heaven.
Abundant blessings in this Advent Season, abundant grace at Christmas, and abundant joy in the New Year!
With only 1 week away, consider giving Grace Before Meals Gift or email us about making a donation in the name of someone to our new non-profit organization, The Table Foundation (more info to come next week). You may also want to consider reserving your spot for the 2015 Trip of a Life Time – celebrating St. Teresa of Avila’s birthday in Spain.
What a great gift to give to a loved one – a trip to help them grow in faith! You can even print up the brochure as a gift item to wrap!
Giving Gifts This Season
As “Cyber Week of Shopping” forces us to buy “stuff,” give the gift of “faith, food, family and fun” with Grace Before Meals books and meaningful memorabilia.
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With a special expedited delivery option, your personalized and dedicated materials will be shipped out by December 16th and you’ll receive these packages in plenty of time to wrap for family and friends!
Also, consider the gift of faith with a Faithful Foodie Travel Experience. Next year, Fr. Leo is hosting a tasty trip to Spain to celebrate the 500th Anniversary Birthday of the Great Mystical Doctor of the Church, St. Teresa of Avila. Fr. Leo joins Patrick Coffin, Host of Catholic Answers Live Radio Show, for a special tour of perfectly balanced faith and flavors of this incredible country!
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Gift giving doesn’t have to cause stress! if you’re willing to “pray your way” through the gift giving season, you’ll see that it is truly better to give from your heart than to receive a gift from the wallet. With Grace Before Meals, the gift of faith, food and family fun just keep on giving!
|A family from a GBM presentation this past weekend in Rutland MA. They are excited to get Fr. Leo’s books and celebrate family life.|
Let us Pray:
Father in Heaven, we thank you for this season that calls us to be generous. As we provide a gift for loved ones, help us to remember those who feel so unloved and abandoned, the poor, broken and lonely. Help us to reach out to them with a special concern. And if we are not financially able to be generous with our money, help us to be courageous and be generous with our service, time and prayers. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.
(1) What type of gift are you planning on giving to Jesus this Christmas?
(2) What was the best gift you received from your parents?
(3) What’s the best and most practical spiritual gifts you can give to your family?
Please comment and share below. We appreciate you being a part of the conversation and hope you spread the word.
(From the Book of Blessings for the Roman Catholic Church)
“All Powerful God, we appeal to your tender care that even as you temper the winds and rains to nurture the fruits of the earth, you will also send upon them the gentle shower of your blessing. Fill the hearts of your people with gratitude, that from the earth’s fertility the hungry may be filled with good things and the poor and needy proclaim the glory of your name. We ask this through Christ our Lord. Amen.”
Bless us O Lord and these thy gifts, which we are about to receive from thy bounty, through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen. And, may the Souls of all the faithful departed through the mercy of God, rest in peace. Amen.”
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