Bonus quote: The quieter the mind, the more powerful, the
worthier, the deeper, the more telling and more perfect the
prayer is. To the quiet mind all things are possible.

Meister Eckhart (1260-1327)
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And now, the Last Word:
Bonus Quote: I once bought my kids a set of
batteries for Christmas with a note on it saying,
"Toys not included."

Bernard Manning
English comedian

 
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    In those days Mary arose
    and went with haste into the
    hill country, to a city of Judah,
    and she entered the house of
    Zechari'ah and greeted Elizabeth.
    And when Elizabeth heard the
    greeting of Mary, the babe
    leaped in her womb; and
    Elizabeth was filled with the
    Holy Spirit and she exclaimed
    with a loud cry, "Blessed are
    you among women, and
    blessed is the fruit of your
    womb! And why is this granted
    me, that the mother of my Lord
    should come to me? For behold,
    when the voice of your greeting
    came to my ears, the babe in
    my womb leaped for joy. And
    blessed is she who believed
    that there be a fulfillment of
    what was spoken to her from
    the Lord."

    And Mary said...
"My soul magnifies the Lord,
and my spirit rejoices in God my Savior,
for he has regarded the low estate of his
handmaiden.
For behold, henceforth all generations will
    call me blessed;
for he who is mighty has done great things
    for me,
and holy is his name.
And his mercy is on those who fear him
from generation to generation.
He has shown strength with his arm,
he has scattered the proud in the
    imagination of their hearts,
he has put down the mighty from their
    thrones,
and exalted those of low degree;
he has filled the hungry with good things,
and the rich he has sent empty away.
He has helped his servant Israel,
in remembrance of his mercy,
as he spoke to our father,
to Abraham and to his posterity forever."

And Mary remained with her about three months,
and returned to her home.
I wait for the Lord, my soul waits,
    and in his word I hope;
my soul waits for the Lord
    more than morning,
more than watchmen for the morning,
more than watchmen for the morning.

Psalm 130: 5-6
Holy Bible
Revised Standard Edition
Michelangelo Caravaggio (1571-1610)
         "The Annunciation"
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Advent, like its cousin Lent, is a season for prayer and
reformation of our hearts. Since it comes at winter time, fire is a
fitting sign to help us celebrate Advent...If Christ is to come
more fully into our lives this Christmas, if God is to become really
incarnate for us, then fire will have to be present in our prayer.
Our worship and devotion will have to stoke the kind of fire in
our souls that can truly change our hearts. Ours is a great
responsibility not to waste this Advent time.

Edward A. Hayes
"A Pilgrim's Almanac"
Editor's note: This story is a popular one that is found in many books and on many
websites. It is unknown who first wrote it.

"A candy maker in Indiana wanted to make a candy that would
remind people of the true meaning of Christmas; so he made the
candy cane to incorporate several symbols for the birth, ministry,
and death of Jesus Christ. He began with a stick of pure white,
hard candy. White to symbolize the Virgin Birth and the sinless
nature of Jesus, and hard to symbolize the Solid rock, the
foundation of the Church, and firmness of the promises of God.

The candy maker then shaped his cane into the form of a "J" to
represent the precious name of Jesus, who came to earth as
Savior. It could also represent the staff of the "Good Shepherd"
with which He reaches down to reclaim the fallen lambs who, like
sheep, have gone astray.

Thinking the candy was somewhat plain, the candy maker stained
it with red stripes. He used three small stripes to show the stripes
of the scourging Jesus received. The large red stripe was for the
blood shed by Christ on the cross so that we could have the
promise of eternal life."
THE STORY OF THE CANDY CANE
Christmas gift suggestions:

To your enemy, forgiveness.
To an opponent, tolerance.
To a friend, your heart.
To a customer, service.
To all, charity.
To every child, a good example.
To yourself, respect.

Oren Arnold (1920-1980)
American novelist, journalist, humorist
Luke 1: 39-56
Revised Standard Edition
"The Visitation"
in The Book of Hours
of the Duc of Berry