Monday of the Third Week of Advent

Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe

December 12, 2016

Teresa-21Today’s Thought from Scripture:  Zechariah 2:10-11

Be mindful of your mercy, O Lord, and of your steadfast love,     for they have been from of old. Do not remember the sins of my youth or my transgressions;     according to your steadfast love remember me,     for your goodness’ sake, O Lord!”

“Am I not your mother?” Our Lady entreated Juan Diego. Today the Church commemorates her appearance and the miracle of Juan Diego’s rose-covered tilma, fully preserved in the shrine near Mexico City. And yet, today’s reflection reminds us that the test of motherly love is not in the miracle, but in the faithful presence that perseveres to the end. (ASTC 118-119).

How can your motherly presence be someone’s miracle today?

Heavenly Father,

sometimes life would be much easier

if you sent an angel to stand in my way

each time I was about to go down a wrong path!

Instead you wait patiently

for me to ask for help and forgiveness.

Thank you for your mercy and your love.

St. Teresa of Calcutta, pray for us!

To read the full readings for today, click here.


Advent Reflections Courtesy of:

heidi-2013Heidi is a wife and adoptive mother, contributing writer to WINE, and author of Advent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta and the follow-up companion, Lent with Saint Teresa of Calcutta (Servant, released January 2017). Heidi received a graduate degree in theology from Sacred Heart Major Seminary in Detroit in 2012, having converted to the Catholic faith in 1995 from the evangelical tradition. She met her husband, Craig, at the University of Michigan Ballroom Dance Club, and lives with her family (including two special-needs teenagers, a longsuffering Aussie shepherd and a snuggly Chiweenie) near South Bend, Indiana.