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The feast of the Immaculate Conception is this Wednesday, December 8; four days later, December 12, is the feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe.
 
“God has given us Mary in the Immaculate Conception; he gives us Jesus in the gracious mystery of the Annunciation,” wrote Fr. Leo John Dehon in the Year with the Sacred Heart.  “With the angel, I greet Mary, filled with grace…
 
“However, if we want to obtain the grace of our Lord, we must imitate the dispositions of Mary, her humility and her docility.  See how she humbles herself.  The more the angel elevates her, the more she lowers herself…
 
“Let us profit from the great example of Mary to submit to grace, from the moment that it presents itself.  As soon as God speaks to our soul to inspire a good deed or keep us away from a bad deed, let us follow the attraction of this grace, humble ourselves, and recognize the greatness of God and our lowliness, his authority and our dependence.  Let us say with Mary, ‘Let it be done to me according to your Word.’  Let us obey promptly and execute immediately what grace asks of us.  This is how we can have our Lord reign in us.
 
“Therefore, I want always to be attentive to grace: calm, recollected, and prepared to respond, without delay, to divine appeals.”
 
We pray…
 
Gracious God,
you sent an angel to the Virgin Mary
to request her collaboration with your divine plan.
By her faithful response,
“Let it be with me according to your word,”
she conceived through the power of the Spirit
and brought forth a son, Jesus.
 
In a similar act of availability,
Jesus offered you his life of faithfulness,
even to death on a cross.

Pleased to accept his oblation,
you raised him up on the third day
and made him Lord, Christ, and Savior.
 
May your Spirit also overshadow us,
that we become your faithful servants,
fulfilling your will in all things
and offering ourselves with Christ
for our brothers and sisters.
 
By the gift of faith we share with Mary,
may we bring forth your beloved Son in our world.

Through us,
may people hear a word of compassion,
a word of reconciliation,
and a word of good news.
Amen.

 
Adapted from the Advent Prayer of Oblation, This Day of God (Prayer Book of the Priests of the Sacred Heart); adaptation by David Schimmel, former director of Dehonian Associates.
 
Pictured above: students at Our Lady of Guadalupe in Houston put on a play to share the story of Virgin of Guadalupe as a part of the parish’s feast-day celebrations. The photo is from 2019.
 
And speaking of OLG, Houston, there are some wonderful videos posted on the parish school’s Facebook page from last week’s early childhood (pre-K3, 4 and kindergarten) Christmas show. Click here to access the FB page and scroll through the videos of teachers and students.

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