December 25 – A Christmas Prayer


listenSweet Jesus, You were born in a stable on that first Christmas to become divine light in a dark, sinful world.  Your little holy family was full of love, grace, kindness, and generosity.  I ask Mary and Joseph to pray for my family to grow in the virtues that spring from unconditional love.  I also ask them to pray for the growth of our faith.  O Savior, increase our unity and give us a shared devotion to Your Holy Family.  Purify me and teach me to identify my sins and change my ways so that Your light increases within me.  Show me how to let Your light shine so brightly that my family sees You and is transformed by Your presence.  Holy Family, pray for us.  Amen.

May your Christmas be filled with the joy of the Holy Family!

Quotes for Today

Saint Peter Canisius (1521-1597)
Feast day December 21

quoteHas anybody the right to criticize us even if we seem to be beside ourselves with joy today over the birthday of our King? If the princes and rulers of this world are privileged to make merry over the sons of their flesh, what a mountain of reasons we have for exulting over the birth of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, our Savior!”

Pope Saint John Paul II (1920-2005)
Feast day October 22

quoteThe Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem is not an event which can be consigned to the past. The whole of human history, in fact, stands in reference to Him: our own time and the future of the world are illumined by His Presence. He is ‘the living one’ (Rev 1:18), ‘Who is, Who was and Who is to come’ (Rev 1:4).”

quoteChrist is born for us; come, let us adore him! God became man in order to give man a share in his own divinity. This is the good news of salvation. This is the message of Christmas!”


The prayer above is from Terry Modica’s book Daily Prayers with the Saints.

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