Monday, December 10
in this season of Advent,
we are prepared to celebrate properly the coming of your son into the world,
and draw Jesus into our hearts,
so that we may no longer live except by your Spirit.
Help us to apply ourselves more and more to prayer
in order to prepare our hearts to receive your son,
as we are urged to do by the words of your holy Gospels.
We ask this in the name of your son, Jesus Christ,
whose coming is certain, and whose day draws near.
(Adapted from De La Salle’s Meditation for the Second Sunday of Advent)
Tuesday, December 11 (Memorial of St. Damasus I)
As we approach the Feast of the Virgin of Guadalupe,
let us ask her intercession for all migrants,
as the bishops of our country have asked all of us to pray
especially for immigrants and refugees on her feast day.
On this day on which we celebrate Las Posadas,
and seek to sing Entren, Santos Peregrinos,
we know that thousands are making the difficult journey
of La Sagrada Familia their own journey.
Let us remember all migrants and refugees in the words of Thomas Merton
written over fifty years ago:
Into this world, this demented inn, in which there is absolutely no room for him at all,
Christ has come uninvited.
But because he cannot be at home in it – because he is out of place in it,
and yet must be in it – his place is with those others who do not belong,
who are rejected because they are regarded as weak;
and with those who are discredited, who are denied the status of persons, and are tortured, exterminated.
With those for whom there is no room,
Christ is present in this world.
He is mysteriously present in those for whom there seems to be nothing
but the world at its worst.
As Lasallians, we pray that our heart, our commitment, our life, will allow us
to reach beyond our own borders, our own comfort zone,
to welcome all those who seek the simple joy, the simple invitation,
to enter, to find rest and refreshment,
to find us available and welcoming.
Wednesday, December 12 (Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe)
God of power and mercy,
you blessed the Americas at Tepeyac with the presence of the Virgin Mary of Guadalupe. May her prayers help all men and women to accept each other as brothers and sisters. Through your justice present in our hearts
may your peace reign in the world.
We ask this through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one God, for ever and ever.
(Opening prayer for the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Roman Missal 2d ed.)
Thursday, December 13 (Memorial of St. Lucy)
as the darkness comes earlier during this time of year,
let us be guided by the light of your word.
Give us the humility to be led by you and the wisdom to learn from you.
We feel your light in our lives and in the world.
We are grateful for the Savior who awaits us,
and eagerly await the time of rejoicing.
Let us look forward in hope and turn to you with great trust,
knowing you will guide my steps along the unknown path of this day.
(Creighton University Online Ministries)
Dear Lord, as I take this exam, I thank you that my value
is not based on my performance, but on your great love for me.
Come into my heart so that we can walk through this time together.
Help me, not only with this test,
but the many tests of life that are sure to come my way.
As I take this exam, bring back to my mind everything I studied
and be gracious with what I have overlooked.
Help me to remain focused and calm, confident in the facts and in my ability,
and firm in the knowledge that no matter what happens today
you are there with me.
God of Wisdom,
I thank you for the knowledge gained
and the learning experiences of the semester.
I come to you and ask you to illuminate my mind and heart.
Let your Holy Spirit be with me as I prepare for exams,
guiding my studies and giving me insight
so that I can perform to the best of my ability.
Grant me the strength to handle the pressure of these days,
the confidence to feel secure in my knowledge,
and the ability to keep a proper perspective through it all.
Help me to keep in mind what is truly important,
even as I focus my time and energy on these exams.
Finally, may I sense your peace in knowing
that I applied myself to the challenges of this day.
(Adapted from Marquette University Campus Ministry)