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 💕🙏

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.

🙏💕

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 🙏💕

Marian Apparitions: Who, When, Where, What, Why

I cannot express enough the role of Mother Mary in drawing me closer to Jesus. As a mother, she guides me towards her son with gentle nudges and warns me if I fall too far behind him.

In this post, I share Father Chris Alar’s teachings and insights on Marian Apparitions through his series, Explaining The Faith. It is an excellent series as Father Chris takes us on a journey filled with insights from his own seminary training for the priesthood, and it gives a deeper understanding of our faith.

https://www.thedivinemercy.org/articles/explaining-faith

In the following videos, are those on Marian Apparitions. Father Chris gives insights into the role of Marian Apparitions in our world, as well as why Mother Mary has appeared during certain climatic events throughout our history.


This post is offered in thankfulness to the our Blessed Mother Mary, and to a reader for his email on two specific Marian Apparitions.


Marian Apparitions: Who, When, Where, What, Why

God Bless 🙏💕

Garabandal

I just caught up, read and watched the video with Glenn Hudson on the John Henry Weston Show (lifesitenews). For those who are interested in Marian Apparitions in Garabandal, this episode gives a good understanding of the history, the village, the children, and prophetic messages to the children for the world.

I am posting this as I think it is important for all – Catholics, Christians, and skeptics – to prepare our hearts for the coming chastisement. I, for one feel it is coming soon. I also imagine all the gravity of my sins laid before me – it’s not pretty. From my gravest to even the most minuscule in my eyes, I really know in God’s eyes it’s not the same.


Glenn Hudson, an expert on the apparitions of Our Lady of Garabandal, explains our Blessed Mother’s warnings of conditional chastisement, Padre Pio’s belief in the apparitions, and what it all means for Catholics today.

https://www.lifesitenews.com/blogs/prophecy-war-will-break-out-in-europe-after-pope-visits-moscow/


https://rumble.com/v1l8na7-prophecy-war-will-break-out-in-europe-after-pope-visits-moscow.html

God gave us nothing but love – what have we (I) given him in return. I take Garabandal ‘s message very seriously.

God Bless 🙏💕


Ratzinger, Tyconius, and Fatima: An Interpretive Key for the End Times

This is a repost of an article I came across which gives a good analysis and insight into the divided church. I know as a new Catholic (from Evangelicals Protestant), one of the questions I get asked is, “How can you convert to Catholicism when there are endless scandals within the church?”

Well I can’t explain it, except this is where the Holy Spirit lead me, and I am fully aware of the dark thread that runs across not only our church, but in our world.

This article by Marco Tosatti, looks at the works and writings of Tyconius from which Ratzinger had studied most of his life and also looks at Fatima warnings to give an interpretive look:

God Bless 🙏💕