Wednesday of the second week of Advent
Loving and powerful God,
Some days I can only be in awe of your power and love.
You never tire of supporting me.
I constantly ask for help
knowing you will always be there.
From some place deep in my
and I prepare with a joyful heart for your coming.
Grant me the gift of hope, patience and waiting in these Advent days
because I want the focus of my waiting to be on you.
I want to praise and glorify you with my life.
Let me live my gratitude to you, rejoicing!
May the Lord bless us,
protect us from all evil
and bring us to everlasting life.
SOURCE: Creighton University Online Ministries
Make tissue paper roses and place near statue of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Dec. 12 Feast Day). Decorate your table with the flowers on Dec. 12th and use them as a centerpiece on Dec 13 for a dinner with candlelight to celebrate St. Lucy Feast Day.
1 green pipe cleaner (for stem)
1 sheet green construction paper (for leaves)
3 sheets (12-by-6-inch sheets or larger) of colored tissue paper
Stack and cut tissue paper into 12×6 inch sheets. Stack at least six, 12 by 6 sheets. Fold tissue starting at shorter side (the 6-inch side) and make a 1-inch fol. Continue with an accordion fold until the end. Wrap pipe cleaner around the center of the folded tissue paper. Gently separate or peel sheets until all are separated to form rose bloom.
Tip: Alternate colors of tissue paper for pazazz. Cut rounded or pointed edges to folded tissue to add variety.
Today is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception. Mary is a wonderful example to us of giving herself over to God entirely and trusting in His will. Are we as brave in our faith as Mary?