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This is my favorite Advent devotion…

🙏🏼 The St. Andrew Christmas Novena 🙏

Have you heard of this beautiful devotion?

Beginning on Thursday, November 30 (The Feast of St. Andrew), you are to pray the following prayer 15 times each day up until Sunday, December 24 (Christmas Eve):

“Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary, at midnight, in Bethlehem, in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His blessed Mother. Amen.”

⭐Why should I pray this prayer 15 times every day until Christmas Eve? ⭐

Also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, praying this prayer 15 times each day allows it to become a meditative prayer that can help you both increase your daily awareness of the real purpose of Christmas and help you prepare yourself spiritually for His coming.

🎄Why is this devotion called “The St. Andrew Christmas Novena”? 🎄

It is traditionally given this title due to it beginning on the Feast of St. Andrew and culminating on Christmas Eve. However, as you may have noticed, it is not the usual 9-day novena, but instead a 25-day novena.

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⚡The Goal of the Christian Life is not to merely become the “best version of ourselves”. ⚡

Yes, God’s grace does help us increase in virtue and become better versions of ourselves...

But, the Christian Life is way bigger than that. 😮

God wants to transform us into the image of Christ.🔥

“For the Son of God became man so that we might become God.”

These words of St. Athanasius echo the Church’s teaching down through the ages.

👇Meditate on various words from the Catechism on this topic👇

1️⃣ “Our justification comes from the grace of God. Grace is favor, the free and undeserved help that God gives us to respond to his call to become children of God, adoptive sons, partakers of the divine nature and of eternal life.” (CCC 1996)

2️⃣ “Grace is the help God gives us to respond to our vocation of becoming his adopted sons. It introduces us into the intimacy of the Trinitarian life.” (CCC 2021)

3️⃣ “The Word became flesh to make us ‘partakers of the divine nature’: ‘For this is why the Word became man, and the Son of God became the Son of man: so that man, by entering into communion with the Word and thus receiving divine sonship, might become a son of God’ (St. Irenaeus). ‘For the Son of God became man so that we might become God’ (St. Athanasius). ‘The only-begotten Son of God, wanting to make us sharers in his divinity, assumed our nature, so that he, made man, might make men gods’ (St. Thomas Aquinas).” (CCC 460)

4️⃣ “[God] gave himself to us through his Spirit. By the participation of the Spirit, we become communicants in the divine nature. . . . For this reason, those in whom the Spirit dwells are divinized’ (St. Athanasius).” (CCC 1988)

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🙏 How to Make a Brief Examination of Conscience at Night

If you find yourself falling into the same sins over and over again, making an examination of conscience each night before going to bed is a practice you'll want to begin.

✅ The goal of a daily examination of conscience is twofold:

1) To identify our sins and the defects that are preventing us from progressing in the Christian Life
2) To identify the working of God's grace and where He is leading us

💡Steps to Make a Brief Examination of Conscience in only 3 Minutes

1️⃣ Place yourself in the presence of God, recognizing his strength and your weakness. Tell him: "Lord, if you will, you can make me clean."

2️⃣ Ask your guardian angel for light to acknowledge your defects and virtues: What have I done wrong? What have I done right? What could I have done better?

3️⃣ Examine your conscience with sincerity:
•Did I often consider that God is my Father?
•Did I offer him my work?
•Did I make good use of my time?
•Did I pray slowly and with attention?
•Did I try to make life pleasant for other people?
•Did I criticize anyone?
•Was I forgiving?
•Did I pray and offer some sacrifices for the Church, for the pope, and for those around me?
•Did I allow myself to be carried away by sensuality? By pride?

4️⃣ Make an act of contrition, sorrowfully asking our Lord's pardon.
"O my God, I am heartily sorry for having offended you. I detest all my sins because of your just punishments, but most of all because they offend you, my God, who are all good and deserving of all my love. I firmly resolve, with the help of your grace, to sin no more and to avoid the occasions of sin. Amen."

5️⃣ Make a specific resolution for tomorrow:
•To stay away from certain temptations.
•To avoid some specific faults.
•To exert special effort to practice some virtue.
•To take advantage of occasions for improvement.

6️⃣ Pray three Hail Marys to the Blessed Virgin Mary, asking for purity of heart and body.

Was this helpful? 🤷‍♂️

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💡10 quotes from the Saints about the importance of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass:

1️⃣ When the Eucharist is being celebrated, the sanctuary is filled with countless angels who adore the divine victim immolated on the altar. ~ St. John Chrysostom 

2️⃣ The angels surround and help the priest when he is celebrating Mass. ~ St. Augustine 

3️⃣ If we really understood the Mass, we would die of joy. ~ Saint Jean Vianney 

4️⃣ The celebration of Holy Mass is as valuable as the death of Jesus on the cross. ~ Saint Thomas Aquinas 

5️⃣ Once, St. Teresa was overwhelmed with God’s Goodness and asked Our Lord “How can I thank you?” Our Lord replied, “ATTEND ONE MASS.” 

6️⃣ My Son so loves those who assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass that, if it were necessary He would die for them as many times as they’ve heard Masses.” Our Lady to Blessed Alan. 

7️⃣ When we receive Holy Communion, we experience something extraordinary – a joy, a fragrance, a well-being that thrills the whole body and causes it to exalt. ~ Saint Jean Vianney 

8️⃣ There is nothing so great as the Eucharist. If God had something more precious, He would have given it to us. ~ Saint Jean Vianney 

9️⃣ When we have been to Holy Communion, the balm of love envelops the soul as the flower envelops the bee. ~ Saint Jean Vianney 

🔟 It would be easier for the world to survive without the sun than to do without Holy Mass. ~ St. Pio of Pietrelcina 

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Why is the Assumption of Mary so important? 🤔

Here are 21 reasons why…

1️⃣ It Affirms Her Immaculate Conception and Sinless Nature

According to Catholic teaching, death is a consequence of original sin. Therefore, Mary’s direct assumption into heavenly glory without undergoing bodily corruption indicates that she was exempted from sin’s dominion.

Just as her Son ascended into heaven in glory, so too was Mary’s body assumed, befitting her unique grace and sinlessness from the first moment of her conception. Her incorruptible assumption witnesses to an incorruptible beginning and life lived in perfect accord with God’s will.

2️⃣ It Highlights Her Special Role as Mother of God

By conceiving Christ through the Holy Spirit and giving human flesh to the Word made flesh, Mary has an unparalleled maternal bond to the Son of God. Her Assumption manifests the theological reality that the woman who bore God Incarnate in her womb is most perfectly united to Him in the glory of heaven.

Because she gave human life and flesh to the Savior, it is fitting that Mary’s life should end in assumption into divine life just as her Son’s earthly mission did. The Assumption thus magnifies Mary’s absolutely unique role in salvation history as Theotokos, the God-bearer.
🔗 Click the Link in My Bio for the other 19 reasons
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So often I struggle to really pray the Mass. If it isn’t something in my head distracting me, it’s one of my screaming toddlers. 😆

And even when I find the will to pray, often I don’t have the clarity of mind to find the words. 🫠

This is why I have found praying written prayers before Mass to be a simple but helpful solution—it recalibrates my mind and heart right at the start of Mass. ❤️

There are so many prayers given to us by the Church to help us approach Mass well—here are just three:


1. My Intention Before Mass 🙏🏼

“I intend to celebrate Mass in union with my parish priest, to receive the body and blood of our Lord Jesus Christ according to the rite of the holy Roman Church to the praise of our all-powerful God and all his assembly in the glory of heaven, for my good and of all the good of the pilgrim Church on earth, and for all who have asked me to pray for them in general and in particular, and for the good of the holy Roman Church.

May the almighty and merciful Lord grant us joy and peace, amendment of life, room for true repentance, the grace and comfort of the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in good works. Amen.”

2. A Prayer Before Mass 🙏🏼

“Receive, O Holy Trinity this Holy Sacrifice of the Body and Blood of our Lord Jesus Christ, which we, your unworthy servants, desire now to offer to You by the hands of Your minister, with all the sacrifices which have ever been or will be offered to You, in union with that Holy Sacrifice offered by Jesus Christ our Lord at the Last Supper, and on the Altar of the Cross.

We offer it to You with the utmost affection and devotion, out of pure love for Your infinite goodness, and according to the most holy intention of the same Christ our Lord, and of our Holy Mother the Church.

O God, almighty and merciful, grant us through this Holy Sacrifice, joy and peace, a holier life, time to do penance, grace and consolation of the Holy Spirit, and perseverance in good works.

We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.”

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