Moments of Mercy: Living Out Christmas in the New Year

How do we live out the message of Christmas in the New Year, rather than pack it away with the ornaments? Each year the Octave Day of Christmas falls on the first day of the New Year, on which we also celebrate the Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Mother of God.

Her open heart and courageous “yes” to God show us how to live year-round—with hearts open to the Lord, following where He leads. We are called to place our trust in Him, to enter compassionately into the suffering of others, and to love one another as Christ loves us. Like Our Blessed Mother welcomed Jesus, we are called to cherish and protect the gift of human life, at every stage and in every circumstance.

One way to live out the message of Christmas and follow Our Lady’s example is to join 9 Days for Life, a digital pilgrimage of prayer and charitable action.

The U.S. Catholic bishops invite you to join thousands of Catholics nationwide from Thursday, January 18 – Friday, January 26.

Join today at www.9daysforlife.com!

Find the 9 day novena at: http://www.usccb.org/about/pro-life-activities/january-roe-events/9-days-for-life-pray.cfm

Also pray by adding intentions to your daily rosary. For example:
Joyful Mysteries:
The Annunciation – For parents facing an unexpected pregnancy, that they lovingly accept the precious life God has entrusted to their care.

The Visitation – That the family and friends of expectant parents might reach out and support them as they prepare to meet their child face to face.

The Nativity – That the love of the Blessed Mother and the Christ Child may be a source of strength for every expectant mother, especially mothers living in poverty, and that they both will be surrounded by joy and love.

The Presentation – That fathers of young children will model St. Joseph in devoutly practicing their faith, so that they lead their children to God by their words and example.

The Finding of Jesus in the Temple– For all children who have been lost and forgotten, that they may be led to a place where they are treasured, protected and loved.

For Luminous, Sorrowful and Glorious Intentions see: http://www.usccb.org/prayer-and-worship/prayers-and-devotions/rosaries/pro-life-rosary-prayer-intentions.cfm