Second Advent Candle/Sunday: Peace

“May we be in this world a ray of that light which shone forth from Bethlehem, bringing joy and peace to the hearts of all men and women.” – Pope Francis

The second candle on the Advent wreath represents Peace. Like the first candle, it is also purple. Often called the “Bethlehem Candle,” the second Advent candle reminds us of Mary and Joseph’s journey from Nazareth to Bethlehem before Mary gave birth to Jesus. Building on the meaning of the Prophecy Candle, this second candle recalls that after all of the division, destruction, and dispersion of the kingdom in the Old Testament, there might finally be peace on Earth – Jesus is coming, and so is his Kingdom of Peace. As we read in the quote from Pope Francis, this light of peace shone forth from Bethlehem for all the world. This Advent, light the second candle on Sunday, December 4, 2022. (https://hallow.com/blog/advent-candles-and-advent-wreaths/)

As we meditate and reflect on Mary’s journey before the birth of Jesus, I pray we all find peace within our hearts. Peace springs from within each of us. It is this light within us that reaches to the people around us.

God Bless 💕🙏

A Look Back…

There is a joy to in the season of Advent as we prepare our hearts and soul to receive God’s gift:

“The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and to the anniversary of Our Lord’s birth on Christmas. From the earliest days of the Church, people have been fascinated by Jesus’ promise to come back. But the scripture readings during Advent tell us not to waste our time with predictions. Advent is not about speculation. Our Advent readings call us to be alert and ready, not weighted down and distracted by the cares of this world (Lk 21:34-36).

From: https://www.usccb.org/prayer-worship/liturgical-year/advent

Christmas is a season for active preparation through fasting, reading the Bible, and prayer. It is a time to share with our families and communities the love of God. It is a time to express our resounding joy.

Praying the Joyful Mysteries, allows us to follow Mary’s “Yes” to the birth of Jesus. Through Mary’s eyes, we journey along with her in the faith, hope and joy. Reading scripture (Luke 1:26-56). also allows us to focus our minds and hearts on the true reason for the season – Christ, coming to redeem all of humanity.

https://rosarycenter.org/the-joyful-mysteries-without-distractions

Listening to hymns and carols immerses us in the soulful sound of celebration – we become a part of the heavenly choir:

Finally, I want to repost some thoughts I had as we ended the Year of St. Joseph. Christmas is also his story. Our story is no matter how often we fall or tumble, the light of Jesus lights our path.

https://rejoiceandpraise.ca/2021/12/18/a-light-in-my-path/

God Bless 🙏💕

Silent Night

Going into a Catholic Church during Advent fills my soul with quiet wonderment as I gaze upon the Nativity Scene.

Mary Queen of the World Cathedral, Montreal, Quebec

Kneeling before the manger, I recall a time when we would perform the nativity story for our parents and church congregation. It was a season of anticipation, of going from home to home, of festivities, food and baked goods, and different communities joined together in sharing in Christmas joy.

Our home was was opened to people from church. The first thing that would greet them is the smell of baked goods, and home made fruit cake which my dad gave out to families and friends. The joy of the season was also going to one another’s homes and carolling/singing Christmas songs. My favourite part of carolling would be the hot chocolate and treats our host prepared. The highlight of Christmas would be a candlelight service, where hymns were sung along with the Nativity play. All the kids would dress up and retell the story of the birth of Jesus. Always told with a bit of clumsiness and a tender heart.

The humble Holy family surrounded by shepherds and wisemen on a starlit night was a story retold year after year.


There is a rustic beauty as I gaze upon baby Jesus lying in white linen against the coarse backdrop of an old stable.

Watching this scene are sheep, donkeys, mule, cows – all in for the night. I imagine the barnyard smell of dry hay and animals. There is Mary and Joseph gazing with adoration upon this miracle from God – a baby is born into a world – our Savior. He is both Divine and human (now let’s try to wrap our heads around this), sent by the Father to redeem all mankind.

Let’s not let this beautiful story be untold in our world. Let this story not be forgotten, and let us share it even if it’s politically incorrect. This story tells of the birth of Jesus, born to a virgin who said, “Yes”, to God.

God Bless 💕🙏

The First Sunday of Advent

Being bed ridden is no fun, especially when it also triggers my asthma – so sleep is healing.

My Spiritual Director was not kidding when she once told me that the sick don’t pray or read the Bible. Well, I can honestly say that I just slept and bemoaned feeling like crap. I do recall murmuring Our Father and The Hail Mary.

My capable 16 year old tested me for Covid – 19 – negative. Praise God for his hand in my healing the past few days.

Being sick as the Advent season starts has given me time to reflect on Christ the king in my heart. It has also given me time to reflect on my sins – the chaos I create – gossipy tongue, work related dramas, interpersonal relationships and the mores! I continuously fall short. I am thankful for God’s Divine Mercy. His blood and water to cleanse the stains upon my soul.

https://archive.org/details/St.FaustinaKowalskaDiary

I hope to be back on my feet and the first thing I will do is go to morning mass and make a good confession as I head into the Advent Season focused on only Jesus.


This morning I gathered my family and lit the first Advent Candle with this prayer:

Blessing wreath prayer written by the USCCB.


“Lord our God,
we praise you for your Son, Jesus Christ:
He is Emmanuel, the hope of the peoples,
He is the wisdom that teaches and guides us,
He is the Savior of every nation.
Lord God,
let your blessing come upon us
as we light the candles of this wreath.
May the wreath and its light
be a sign of Christ’s promise to bring us salvation.
May He come quickly and not delay.
We ask this through Christ our Lord.
Amen.”


I pray for a blessed Advent for each of you and your families 💕🙏 and may the light within us shine out into the world💕🙏

For more information on creating your own unique family Advent:

https://hallow.com/blog/advent-candles-and-advent-wreaths/

https://hallow.com/advent/


Craft Ideas: https://www.blog.elizabethcraftdesigns.com/2022/11/24/advent-calendar/

https://www.elizabethclareblog.com/tag/advent/


God Bless 🙏💕

Christ the King Novena

Starting today is the Christ the King Novena

Day 1 – November 11

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 2 – November 12

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 3 – November 13

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

May children waiting to be placed in a loving home and the caregivers who serve those children find strength and support from the Church.  

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 4 – November 14

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 5 – November 15

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 6 – November 16

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 7 – November 17

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 8 – November 18

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.

Day 9 – November 19

Intention

[Mention your intentions here]

Prayers

Our Father, who art in heaven,
hallowed be thy name;
thy kingdom come;
thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven.
Give us this day our daily bread;
and forgive us our trespasses
as we forgive those who trespass
against us;
and lead us not into temptation,
but deliver us from evil.
Amen

Hail Mary, full of grace, the Lord is with thee;
blessed art thou among women,
and blessed is the fruit of thy womb, Jesus.
Holy Mary, Mother of God,
pray for us sinners
now and at the hour of our death.
Amen.

Glory be to the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be,
world without end.
Amen.

Prayer to Christ the King

Lord, Jesus Christ, Our Sovereign King
     The beginning and end of all things,
You have made your Church to be a people
     that bears witness to the goodness and beauty of your kingdom.
By your Holy Spirit, you have united us as one body,
     called to live as one family of God.
Fill our hearts with your grace,
     that we would be close to you
     by being close to the vulnerable and marginalized.
Give us the patience to share one another’s burdens,
And give us the courage to always be friends of the truth.
May we remain with you always.
Amen.


Thank you for praying this novena with me. May the hand of God bless each and everyone of you.

🙏💕

Little Doses of Grace

The graces from God comes in little doses of spiritual nourishment – I can’t even find a word or image to describe it – probably too tired since returning back to work.

My work schedule has changed many times and I have had to adjust my time with God accordingly. Yup, real life is hectic!

This morning I woke up to this little quote from St. Paul of the Cross. These little words bespeaks a depth that resonates with God’s love and beauty. :

“Let all creation help you to praise God. Give yourself the rest you need. When you are walking alone, listen to the sermon preached to you by the flowers, the trees, the shrubs, the sky, the sun and the whole world. Notice how they preach to you a sermon full of love, of praise of God, and how they invite you to proclaim the greatness of the one who has given them being.”

–St. Paul of the Cross

Little doses of God’s graces reminds us that he is always present and walking with us in our daily lives.

Let us get the rest we need so we can appreciate the beauty of God within and without.

God Bless and have a great weekend 💕🙏


St Paul of the cross:

https://www.franciscanmedia.org/saint-of-the-day/saint-paul-of-the-cross

Saint Jude Novena

Starts today:

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.

Most holy St. Jude – apostle, martyr and friend of Jesus, today I ask that you pray for me and my intentions!

(State your intentions here)

You are the patron of the impossible. Pray for me and my intentions! O St. Jude, pray that God’s grace and mercy will cover my intentions. Pray for the impossible if it is God’s will.

Pray that I may have the grace to accept God’s holy will even if it is painful and difficult for me.

St. Jude, you loved our Lord, help me to love Him more.

O St. Jude, pray for me that I may grow in faith, hope and love and in the grace of Jesus Christ. Pray for these intentions, but most of all pray that I may join you in heaven with God for all eternity.

Amen.

In the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the Holy Spirit. Amen.


God Bless 🙏💕

Prayers For Those Undergoing Cancer Treatments

I write this post for a friend and all those who are undergoing treatment for cancer. They may not know Jesus. The most important part is our authentic love – the Jesus in each of us – who want to help but feel a lost as to how. Offering our prayers and sharing with them these healing prayers is an important part of being mindfully helpful to those in need of our support.

Below is a compilation of simple prayers that asks God for strength, healing and hope.

Let us pray and share these with those we know who have cancer and are undergoing radiation and chemotherapy.



Strength and Courage Prayer

Almighty God, please give me bravery and strength, patience and understanding as I go through this tough moment in my life, so that my spirit does not shatter.

And, with time and my will to live, I will be able to heal and recover. I pray that, in the face of difficulty and grief, I will continue to see life as it should be seen: beautiful and full of potential.

Amen, I pray in Jesus’ name.


A Cancer Patient’s Faithful Prayer

You, my God and Creator, have given me life and have provided me with opportunities and experiences. I’m grateful for my friends and family, for simple pleasures, and for the great and inspiring things you’ve shared with me.

Even though I have cancer, and life has been so hard and debilitating that it tears my heart and heightens my dread, my confidence in you still provides me with solace and hope. I put my faith in your healing grace.

Amen.


A Simple Healing Catholic Prayer For Cancer

Lord of the Heavens, I’m safe behind your magnificent love wings. I live within your tender heart.


Your touch has the power to heal.
I can ask for repair and trust in your goodness via Christ’s sufferings.
You are my Lord, Savior, Healer, and Friend.
I am at home in your warm embrace.
Amen.


God Bless 🙏💕