CWG Prayer Chain Post: December 25, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

MERRY CHRISTMAS!

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Matthew 1:18-25

This is how the birth of Jesus Christ came about. When his mother Mary was betrothed to Joseph, but before they lived together, she was found with child through the Holy Spirit. Joseph her husband, since he was a righteous man, yet unwilling to expose her to shame, decided to divorce her quietly. Such was his intention when, behold, the angel of the Lord appeared to him in a dream and said, “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take Mary your wife into your home. For it is through the Holy Spirit that this child has been conceived in her. She will bear a son and you are to name him Jesus, because he will save his people from their sins.” All this took place to fulfill what the Lord had said through the prophet: Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means “God is with us.” When Joseph awoke, he did as the angel of the Lord had commanded him and took his wife into his home. He had no relations with her until she bore a son, and he named him Jesus.

 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


DECEMBER INTENTION PRAYER 

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: December 17, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

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1 Thessalonians 5:16-24

Rejoice always. Pray without ceasing. In all circumstances give thanks, for this is the will of God for you in Christ Jesus. Do not quench the Spirit. Do not despise prophetic utterances. Test everything; retain what is good. Refrain from every kind of evil. May the God of peace make you perfectly holy and may you entirely, spirit, soul, and body, be preserved blameless for the coming of our Lord Jesus Christ. The one who calls you is faithful, and he will also accomplish it.

Advent Reflection: Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has performed wonders, his saving power is in his right hand and his holy arm. God has made known his saving power, revealed his saving justice for the nations to see, mindful of his faithful love and his constancy to the House of Israel. The whole wide world has seen the saving power of our God. Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy! Play to Him on the harp, to the sound of instruments; to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the King. 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


DECEMBER INTENTION PRAYER 

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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CWG Book Blast! “Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World,” by Jean M. Heimann

This month, the Catholic Writers’ Guild is touring Jean M. Heimann’s book, Fatima: The Apparition That Changed the World.” It is a CWG Seal of Approval winner! Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children beginning in 1917—where even non-believers attest the miracles there as the “day the sun danced.”

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Summary:

Fatima. Few place-names in the Christian world conjure up such powerful images and associations than this humble town in Portugal. For it was there that Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children beginning in 1917—where even non-believers attest the miracles there as the “day the sun danced.”

The Virgin’s message, as it always is, was penance. But she also predicted the rise and fall of communism, the Second World War, and the attempted assassination of Pope St. John Paul II. Yet amid these tragedies, she promised refuge in her Immaculate Heart to all who approach her—a promise extended, and urgently needed, today.

This beautiful volume—filled with more than 50 full-color images—is a treasure for longtime devotees of Our Lady of Fatima, as well as a gripping history for those who seek to learn more about the dramatic events related to the apparition that have unfolded over the course of the last century.

In Fatima, noted Catholic author and Blue Army member Jean M. Heimann traces the events of the apparitions at Cova da Iria and guides the reader through the hundred tumultuous years since.

Excerpt:

The First Apparition—May 13, 1917

Approximately one year after the Angel of Peace’s initial visit, the shepherd children witnessed their first Marian apparition. On May 13, 1917, Lucia, Francisco, and Jacinta were tending their flocks of sheep in a hollow, the Cova da Iria, which was also known as the Cove of Irene or the Cove of Peace. When they heard the Angelus church bells ring, they knelt down and prayed the Rosary. It was a beautiful sunny day with a clear blue sky. Suddenly a flash of lightning pierced the sky. They thought a storm might be brewing, so they quickly moved their sheep and headed in the direction of home when they spotted another even more striking flash of lightning. There, above a small holm oak tree, was an intense light. Then, in an instant, they saw a lovely lady dressed in white, hovering over the top of the tree.

Website: http://www.jeanmheimann.com/

Facebook: Jean M. Heimann https://www.facebook.com/JeanHeimannPage/

Twitter: @catholicfire

Bio:

JEAN M. HEIMANN is a Catholic author and a freelance writer with an M.A. in Theology, a parish minister and speaker, a psychologist and educator, and an Oblate with the Community of St. John. She is a member of the Blue Army and founder of Our Lady of Fatima Rosary and Study group. Jean is the author of Seven Saints for Seven Virtues (Servant, 2014) and Learning to Love with the Saints, A Spiritual Memoir (Mercy, 2016). Jean has had her work published in numerous Catholic periodicals and on Catholic websites, some of which include: National Catholic Register, Catholic Exchange, Canticle Magazine, and St. Anthony Messenger/America. Visit Jean at her website http://www.jeanmheimann.com/ through which you can access her award-wining blog, Catholic Fire, where she has been blogging for fourteen years.

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Voices Crying Out in the Wilderness

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Happy and Blessed Advent to everyone. The Gospel reading on December 10, 2017 reintroduces us to the compelling character of St. John the Baptist. In hindsight, there are clear reasons why John merits reverence in the Church: he shares kinship with Our Lord, he prophesies accurately the coming of the Messiah, and he baptizes countless people, changing their lives for the better anticipating the ministry of Jesus Christ. History bore this out, but even before this all became clear, he drew hundreds upon thousands of people from their homes to the banks of the river Jordan. What made him such an attraction?

“John’s clothes were made of camel’s hair, and he had a leather belt around his waist. His food was locusts and wild honey.” (Matthew 3:4-5)

Even at that time, you didn’t get to see this kind of strange behavior every day. We can’t know the percentage, nor does it matter, but some people had to just be curious to see the Saint without being baptized.

“But when he saw many of the Pharisees and Sadducees coming to where he was baptizing, he said to them: “You brood of vipers! Who warned you to flee from the coming wrath? Produce fruit in keeping with repentance. And do not think you can say to yourselves, “We have Abraham as our father.” I tell you that out of these stones God can raise up children for Abraham. The ax is already at the root of the trees, and every tree that does not produce good fruit will be cut down and thrown into the fire.” (Matthew 3:7-10)

St. John harangued the big wigs of the time in public. Surely the poor and lowly enjoyed hearing of it and would have come to witness it for themselves. He was saying the things that they probably longed to say themselves but would never have dared to. Finally someone was telling the stuffed shirts off. It must have been swell.

“Anyone who has two shirts should share with the one who has none, and anyone who has food should do the same. Even tax collectors came to be baptized. ‘Teacher,’ they asked, ‘what should we do?’ ‘Don’t collect any more than you are required to,’ he told them. Then some soldiers asked him, ‘And what should we do?’ He replied, ‘Don’t extort money and don’t accuse people falsely-be content with your pay.” (Matthew 3:11-14)

John’s teachings of living a good life would have been comforting to people as well. He spoke with care to tax collectors and soldiers, two groups who were not revered among the Jews. It probably took a lot for them to come to John looking for spiritual comfort and he gave them hope.

Through almost 2000 years, many of these same ideas have drawn attention to political personages as well. In the election cycle of 2016, we had two voices in the wilderness who drew many followers for decrying the wealthy and powerful, ostensibly to help the downtrodden. Candidate Bernie Sanders ran on a campaign of having the “Rich pay their fair share,” and Donald Trump said he was going to, ”Drain the swamp.” Both of the candidates enjoyed immense popularity among their bases, and in addition, drew great media attention. Many other people in history have created a buzz like this, but none of them did what John the Baptist did, which truly set him apart.

“I baptize with water, but among you stands one you do not know. He is the one who comes after me, the straps of whose sandals I am not worthy to untie.” (John 1:26-27)

This Advent, remember that unlike politicians, John’s message and purpose was not to inflate himself. He prepared the way of the Lord. The kingdom of God was at hand and John was its herald. As we pray for the coming of Christ the King, let us avoid falling into the deceptions of the princes of the earth and remember to let the Gospels guide our lives. May we also prepare the way of Lord and announce his coming.

Copyright 2017 Mark Andrews

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How (and why) to give your testimony during the holidays

Dave Palmer interviews Nancy Ward (photo provided by GRN)

Dave Palmer interviews Nancy Ward (photo provided by GRN)

David Palmer, manager of Guadalupe Radio Network’s KATH 910 AM, interviewed me for a holiday show last year. The program aired the day after Thanksgiving throughout North Texas.

The interview session was lots of fun! The listeners got good advice on why and how to share their faith stories during the holidays. I got to promote my Sharing Your Faith Story workshops and DVD. (Please disregard the 2-for 1 promotion at the end as the broadcast as we’ve replaced it with a different promotion this season.)

Listen to the GRN show for Friday 11-25-16 “Giving Your Testimony During the Holidays:”

https://s3.amazonaws.com/SharedPublic/Nancy+Ward+GRN+Alive+interview.mp3

I used my experience with this interview as an example of How blogging prepares me for interviews in an earlier post. Check out the link for tips on using blogging to get ready for an interview — no matter which side of the mic you are on.

What do you think of this kind of marketing?

Copyright 2017 Nancy HC Ward

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When You Think You Think You Have Nothing to Give, Bring Your Drum…

At least that is what a young boy did thousands of years ago when he wanted to honor a new king. You probably can hear the drum beating as he asks “Shall I play for you? On my drum?”  You know the rest. tribal-1215118_1920

Most of my life, I’ve felt I had nothing worthy to put at the feet of the King of the Universe.  Instead, I often ran away from him. But in his wisdom and love, he carried me to the point where I am today.

It was in my parish family during a small group retreat by Father Michael Gaitley, the study on “Consoling the Heart of Jesus” gave me a whole new insight into the love and longing Jesus has for us. Early in the book, Father Gaitley shares a simple message he perceived from Jesus:

“All I want is for you to be my friend. All I want is for you not to be afraid of me and to come to me.” (Page 71)

Loving and Consoling Jesus through His Living Body the Church

 I found great joy in meeting with like-minded souls to talk about our growing love for Jesus and the resulting desire to put faith into action.  It was nothing short of miraculous. God bears his light to us, first through his son and then through others.

They come heeding the call of the Holy Spirit to be in the right place at the right time. We all know people who are beacons – radiating goodness, kindness, love and action. Sometimes, we are the steadying signal, but I never forget who is at the origin.

Therefore let us be grateful for receiving a kingdom that cannot be shaken, and thus let us offer to God acceptable worship, with reverence and awe;  Hebrews 12:28 

Jesus is the burning heart, the center of this wonderful body of Christ and in loving others, we love him.  In consoling others, we console him. We truly are branches nourished by his living vine.

Bringing Our Drums

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I once thought I had nothing to give, but I was wrong.  Jesus smiled at the drummer boy and his gift while Mary nodded and the ox and lamb kept time. I am certain he smiles at each of us too; we just need to bring him our drum.

 

What Christmas songs stir your heart?  Bring loving memories to mind?  Feel free to share in the comments section.

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: December 10, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

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Isaiah 40:1-5, 9-11

Comfort, give comfort to my people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem, and proclaim to her that her service is at an end, her guilt is expiated; indeed, she has received from the hand of the LORD double for all her sins. A voice cries out: In the desert prepare the way of the LORD! Make straight in the wasteland a highway for our God! Every valley shall be filled in, every mountain and hill shall be made low; the rugged land shall be made a plain, the rough country, a broad valley. Then the glory of the LORD shall be revealed, and all people shall see it together; for the mouth of the LORD has spoken. Go up on to a high mountain, Zion, herald of glad tidings; cry out at the top of your voice, Jerusalem, herald of good news! Fear not to cry out and say to the cities of Judah: Here is your God! Here comes with power the Lord GOD, who rules by his strong arm; here is his reward with him, his recompense before him. Like a shepherd he feeds his flock; in his arms he gathers the lambs, carrying them in his bosom, and leading the ewes with care.

Advent Reflection: Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has performed wonders, his saving power is in his right hand and his holy arm. God has made known his saving power, revealed his saving justice for the nations to see, mindful of his faithful love and his constancy to the House of Israel. The whole wide world has seen the saving power of our God. Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy! Play to Him on the harp, to the sound of instruments; to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the King. 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


DECEMBER INTENTION PRAYER 

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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Chanukkah, Christmas and the Theology of Light: Reflections of a Jewish Convert and Physicist

Christmas, “The Feast of Lights”—Is there a theological significance to this or is it just a hangover from older customs? Let me share my thoughts–informed by my faith as a Catholic, my Jewish heritage, and my vocation as a physicist.

Christmas Window Display, The Bay Department Store, Toronto from Wikimedia Commons

Christmas Window Display, The Bay Department Store, Toronto
from Wikimedia Commons

Some 80 years ago when I was a child, I would pester my Jewish parents (secular, non-religious) for a Christmas Tree.   All around me would be the lights of Christmas–on houses, lawns, and in the fascinating downtown displays of department store windows–and I didn’t understand why we couldn’t take part in all that.  I listened to explanations that we weren’t Christians, we had our own holiday, Chanukkah; but the eight lights of the Menorah didn’t hold a candle (pun intended) to those on any modest Christmas tree, and even though there were eight days of gifts, they were all small potatoes compared to those my Christian friends received on the one day of Christmas.

It took  several years after my conversion to the Catholic faith to realize the full import of Christmas. During the first few years after my conversion I still did not feel totally comfortable during the Christmas holidays–more like the hungry tramp peering into the restaurant window, an outsider.

My wife was a cradle Catholic and we celebrated Christmas in a gift giving mode, although she and the children attended Mass. Although we didn’t celebrate Chanukkah, we explained to our cashew children, (Catholic mother, Jewish father), as part of their heritage, what Chanukkah was about (see below).

ABOUT CHANUKKAH (HANUKKAH)¹

“They made new sacred vessels and brought the lampstand, the altar of incense, and the table into the temple.  Then they burned incense on the altar and lighted the lamps on the lampstand, and these illuminated the temple. 1 Maccabees 4:49-50 (NAB)

How does light enter into the Chanukkah celebration? Here’s a brief account of the story behind the verse from First Maccabees quoted above.  (For more details, see here.)   The Maccabees had revolted against the Syrian ruler, Antiochus, who had tried to instill Greek values and religion on a conquered Jewish nation.  And as the Talmud recounts the tale, in their recapture of the Temple and its rededication to the one true God, they found oil for the lamps, but it would only last one day; still, they filled the lamps and lo and behold, the oil lasted eight days–a miracle!

The holiday is not one of the major Jewish holidays.   In my opinion, it has become more important in recent times as a counterweight to Christmas.  Eight candles are lit in the Chanukkah menorah (one for each day the Temple lamps burnt).   And children receive a present each day, including “Chanukkah gelt” (money).   Latkes (potato pancakes) are also a tradition.²

It is a joyous time, celebrating freedom to worship. and the songs are among the best in the Jewish and Yiddish folk tradition.   One of my favorites is that by the Klezmatic Conservatory Band, Oy Chanukkah; and here are the lyrics.  Note in the last verse, the element of light:

“Oh, Hanukkah, Oh, Hanukkah,
Come light the menorah
Let’s have a party.
We’ll all dance the hora
To remind us of days long ago
One for each night, they shed a sweet light,
To remind us of days long ago.”

I’ll have to admit there’s not much theological significance there, but perhaps physics can shed a little light (again, pun intended).

THE THEOLOGY OF LIGHT?

“Jesus spoke to them again, saying, “I am the light of the world. Whoever follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life.”—John 8:12 (NAB)

Here’s the physics³ relevant to a possible theology of light. First, light can be taken to consist of photons, particles with zero mass; second, since photons travel at the speed of light (that should be obvious!), special relativity requires that no time passes for a photon between the time it is created and annihilated. So here’s one connection: photons—light—share a timeless property with God. As St. Augustine pointed out God does not exist in time; he also said God’s Word is always there, without time, no beginning, no end. And as we see below, God’s Word, our Lord, is light.

Another connection? Let’s turn to the Gospel of John:

“In the beginning was the Word
and the Word was with God,
and the Word was God.”– John 1:1

The Greek word in the New Testament translated as “Word” is “λόγος” (“logos”). In addition to the meaning “word”, other general meanings are “principle”, “reason”, “logic.”

Think about the relation between “light” and “logos”.  What do we mean when we say “I see the light!”?  We see the reason, the truth, the rationale in what is said. So light, reason, the Word are connected–to quote St. Augustine:

“The eternal light which is the unchangeable Wisdom of God, by which all things were made, and whom we call the only-begotten Son of God;”
St. Augustine of Hippo, “The City of God,” XI 9

That tells us that Christ is light, the timeless Word— physics and theology hang together, and the physicist in me rejoices in the harmony.

NOTES

¹The two different spellings reflect the guttural Ch sound in Yiddish, and the Anglicized H sound.

²Last year, my wife, a cradle Catholic, but more versed in Jewish tradition and cooking than was my mother, made Chanukkah latkes that would be a prize winner on Chopped.

³For a more complete explanation of the physics of light, see here.

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St. Margaret of Scotland–This Remarkable, Pious Woman is Patroness to Mothers, Large Families, Widows and Deceased Children

In the year 1066, a displaced English princess, named Margaret, sought refuge in Scotland. Her father had been overthrown by the Danes and before she was born had gone into exile. While still very young, Margaret returned to England to live in the court of her great-uncle, Edward the Confessor.

A weak leader, Edward could not protect his kingdom. Margaret’s mother, Agatha, took Margaret and her other two children, Edgar and Cristina, and fled north to escape the invading Norman armies. It was not long after that the Normans conquered England and overthrew Edward. He was replaced by William of Normandy, AKA William the Conqueror.

Tradition has it that Agatha decided to leave northern England and travel back to the continent. However, a raging storm drove their ship north to Scotland, where they landed at a spot which is today called St. Margaret’s Hope. Before long they all arrived at the palace of King Malcolm.

Margaret, about eighteen years of age at the time, soon found herself in the court of  Malcolm III of Scotland (also known as Malcolm the Canmore, meaning “Great Chief”). Malcolm III was already a widower with two sons. (And yes, this is the Malcolm in Shakespeare’s Macbeth.)

Margaret was not only naturally sweet and charming, she was also a pious and devout Catholic. King Malcolm fell completely in love with her and they were married in Dunfermline, Scotland in 1070. One of the first things Margaret began to do was to read the Bible to her new husband. It is said the daily readings and stories she read to her husband helped “civilize” the king, setting in place the conditions for the growth of the Catholic faith in Scotland.

Margaret initiated religious reforms, striving to make Church practices conform to those of Rome. She followed the advice of the future Archbishop of Canterbury, Lanfranc, and became known as an exemplar of the “just ruler” which was her husband and children. Their youngest son, David, grew up to be considered a “holy ruler.”

Margaret became deeply involved in charitable works and actually served orphans and the poor every day before she herself ate. She even washed the feet of the poor in imitation of Jesus. At midnight she would get up and attend church services. She invited the Benedictine Order to establish a monastery at Dunfermline in 1072 and was responsible for having ferries built to assist pilgrims traveling back and forth across the river to worship. Margaret also initiated the restoration of the monastery at Iona and was responsible for the release of fellow English exiles, captured during the invasion.

Margaret was as devout in her private life as she was in public. She was totally genuine. Much of her time was spent in prayer, devotional readings, and doing ecclesiastical embroidery. All of her hard work and devotion to God had a profound effect on her once-volatile husband. The king who could not read was so impressed with his wife he had her prayer books decorated with gold and silver. One of these, a pocket gospel with grand pictures of the evangelists, is kept at the Bodleian Library in Oxford.

Malcolm never understood the long-term effects of his wife’s many endeavors. He loved her so much he just let her do as she wished. However, heartache came to Margaret unexpectedly. During the Battle of Alnwick on November 13, 1093 Malcolm and their eldest son, Edward, were killed in battle against the English. Margaret’s son, Edgar, had the unenviable task of informing his mom.

Her constant fasting and offering of herself to Jesus had taken its toll. Not yet fifty, she died three days after her husband and son were killed. In recognition of her personal holiness, fidelity to the Church, implementing religious reform and her ongoing works of charity, Pope Innocent IV canonized Margaret a saint in June of 1250.

In  Proverbs 31: 10-12, Lemuel, King of Massa, was given this advice by his mother:

“When one finds a worthy wife, her value is far beyond pearls. Her husband, entrusting his heart to her, has an unfailing prize. She brings him good, and not evil, all the days of her life.”

King Malcolm III of Scotland had such a wife.

St. Margaret of Scotland, pray for us.

Copyright© Larry Peterson 2017

 

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CWG Prayer Chain Post: December 3, 2017

The CWG Prayer Chain Post is a weekly post for members to include their special intentions by adding a comment.

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1 Corinthians 1:3-9

Brothers and sisters: Grace to you and peace from God our Father and the Lord Jesus Christ. I give thanks to my God always on your account for the grace of God bestowed on you in Christ Jesus, that in him you were enriched in every way, with all discourse and all knowledge, as the testimony to Christ was confirmed among you, so that you are not lacking in any spiritual gift as you wait for the revelation of our Lord Jesus Christ. He will keep you firm to the end, irreproachable on the day of our Lord Jesus Christ. God is faithful, and by him you were called to fellowship with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord.

Advent Reflection: Psalms 98:1, 2-3, 3-4, 5-6

Sing a new song to the Lord, for he has performed wonders, his saving power is in his right hand and his holy arm. God has made known his saving power, revealed his saving justice for the nations to see, mindful of his faithful love and his constancy to the House of Israel. The whole wide world has seen the saving power of our God. Acclaim the Lord, all the earth, burst into shouts of joy! Play to Him on the harp, to the sound of instruments; to the sound of trumpet and horn, acclaim the presence of the King. 


The power of prayer and the power of people praying.


DECEMBER INTENTION PRAYER 

O Come All Ye Faithful

O Come All Ye Faithful
Joyful and triumphant,
O come ye, O come ye to Bethlehem.
Come and behold Him,
Born the King of Angels;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

O Sing, choirs of angels,
Sing in exultation,
Sing all that hear in heaven God’s holy word.
Give to our Father glory in the Highest;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

All Hail! Lord, we greet Thee,
Born this happy morning,
O Jesus! for evermore be Thy name adored.
Word of the Father, now in flesh appearing;
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
O come, let us adore Him,
Christ the Lord.

Please leave a comment with your intention. If you have problems adding an intention, email it to Mike Hays at coachhays(at)gmail(dot)com and I will add it.  God bless.

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