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Last Sunday evening December 6, the second Sunday in Advent and Feast of St. Nicholas, I opened my Advent selection and read a history of the Feast accompanied by a lovely prayer at the end of the reading. I thought you might enjoy praying this today on the third Sunday in Advent.
Keep ever before our eyes the image of Nicholas and all the saints. Stir us to more daringly follow them in following you, so that, in abandoning all that stands in the way of greatness, we may in abandonment discover life abundant. Forgive us, we plead, our petty excuses for not being saints. Your love for them was no greater than your love for us. Your sustaining presence to them and in them is your sustaining presence to us and in us. You are for us, as you were for them, "Emmanuel, God with us."
From the deepest depth of our hearts, we cry to you, O Lord. No more excuses. Let this
Christmas be the time when, at long last, we dare to live the gift already given. Amen. Let it be
Prayer from: "God with Us - Rediscovering the Meaning of Christmas"