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  • Back in Stock! A Storytellers Guide to a Grace-Filled Life. Know someone that would love some inspiration this Christmas season? http://amzn.to/2k6WGDm

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  • Prepare the way…

  • TENDER, COMFORTING LOVE

    “Comfort, give comfort to My people, says your God. Speak tenderly to Jerusalem.” —Isaiah 40:1-2

    This Christmas, the Lord wants us to have a special “encounter” with Him (see Church in America, 3). He wants our relationship with Him to be greater than any other love in our life. He will make our relationship with Him so deep, personal, and intimate that He will be a Source of comfort for us even in our worst sufferings (see Is 40:1-2; Ps 94:19). The Lord wants a tender relationship with us (see Is 40:2). He even lives in us and us in Him (Jn 14:20; 17:23, NAB). The depth and the intimacy of our relationship with the Lord is such that we can receive even His Body and Blood into our bodies.

    We receive this deep, personal, intimate relationship with Jesus through the Holy Spirit. For example, Jesus’ disciples spent day after day with Jesus for years, but they never had a deep relationship. This was manifested when they abandoned Christ as He was crucified. However, when the Holy Spirit descended upon them at Pentecost, they became so close to Jesus that they gave their lives to Him, proclaimed His love to the nations, and even died for Him.

    Therefore, let us pray: Come, Holy Spirit! Come, Christmas Spirit of comforting, tender, and deep l…[Read more]

  • A voice of one crying in the wilderness

    A commentary on Isaiah
    by
    Eusebius of Caesarea

    It was in the wilderness that God’s saving presence was proclaimed by John the Baptist, and there that God’s salvation was seen. The words of this prophecy were fulfilled when Christ and his glory were made manifest to all: after his baptism the heavens opened, and the Holy Spirit in the form of a dove rested on him, and the Father’s voice was heard, bearing witness to the Son: This is my beloved Son, listen to him.The voice of one crying in the wilderness: Prepare the way of the Lord, make straight the paths of our God. The prophecy makes clear that it is to be fulfilled, not in Jerusalem but in the wilderness: it is there that the glory of the Lord is to appear, and God’s salvation is to be made known to all mankind.
    The prophecy meant that God was to come to a deserted place, inaccessible from the beginning. None of the pagans had any knowledge of God, since his holy servants and prophets were kept from approaching them. The voice commands that a way be prepared for the Word of God: the rough and trackless ground is to be made level, so that our God may find a highway when he comes. Prepare the way of the Lord: the way is the preaching of the Gospel, the new message of cons…[Read more]

  • Hi all, I am Mark – & I am returning to Awestruck after a year and 7 months of inactivity!
    Got busy with life and forgot all about it, then a need continually developed of Catholic Communication and conversation, and I found myself right back here where I began a year and a half ago.

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  • Mark Burke posted an update 1 day ago

    Greetings & Happy Holiday Season to all!
    My name is Mark, I’m returning to Awestruck after never giving it a chance a year and a half ago. Not getting Catholic casual companionship that I desire at other social media I return once again to Awestruck ~~~please forgive my impatience. 🙏🏻

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  • OPEN BEFORE CHRISTMAS!

    Jesus “summoned His twelve disciples and gave them authority to expel unclean spirits and to cure sickness and disease of every kind.” —Matthew 10:1

    Many people are interested in what they are going to get for Christmas, but we should also be very excited about what we are getting before Christmas. Sometimes what we receive before Christmas is a prerequisite for receiving what the Lord wants to give us for Christmas.
    Sometimes one of our before-Christmas presents is a healing, which often leads to receiving another Christmas present. The Lord promised to bind up “the wounds of His people” and heal our bruises (Is 30:26). Jesus “cured every sickness and disease” (Mt 9:35). He gave His Church authority “to cure sickness and disease of every kind” (Mt 10:1). He even commanded us to “cure the sick, raise the dead, heal the leprous, expel demons” (Mt 10:8). Immediately before receiving Holy Communion, the Church leads us to pray from the Bible: “Lord, only say the word, and my soul shall be healed” (see Mt 8:8).
    Receive healing as one of your Advent presents. Ask someone or several people to lay hands on you and bring you God’s healing. Especially ask members of your family or people you don’t like to let the Lord heal you through t…[Read more]

  • What we do not see, we hope for

    A treatise on the value of patience,
    by
    St Cyprian
    [ 200 – 249 A.D. ]

    Dear brethren, we must endure and persevere if we are to attain the truth and freedom we have been allowed to hope for; faith and hope are the very meaning of our being Christians, but if faith and hope are to bear their fruit, patience is necessary.Patience is a precept for salvation given us by our Lord our teacher: Whoever endures to the end will be saved. And again: If you persevere in my word, you will truly be my disciples; you will know the truth, and the truth will set you free.
    We do not seek glory now, in the present, but we look for future glory, as Saint Paul instructs us when he says: By hope we were saved. Now hope which is seen is not hope; how can a man hope for what he sees? But if we hope for what we do not see, we wait for it in patience. Patient waiting is necessary if we are to be perfected in what we have begun to be, and if we are to receive from God what we hope for and believe.
    In another place the same Apostle instructs and teaches the just, and those active in good works, and those who store up for themselves treasures in heaven through the reward God gives them. They are to be patient also, for he says: Therefore while we have…[Read more]

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