Faith

IMPORTANT PSA

TODAY IS THE FEAST OF ST. ANDREW.

Bam. Mattia Preti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

Bam. Mattia Preti [Public domain], via Wikimedia Commons.

HE IS TYPICALLY SHOWN WITH A CROSS IN AN “X” SHAPE BECAUSE THAT’S HOW HE WAS CRUCIFIED.

(Fun fact. Once, when I was young and in college and working at my college job, a man who was probably one part lonely and one part overly confident about his opinions was talking to me about Christianity. He probably saw my medals or something. No! Wait! I used to sketch a small picture of the Sacred Heart on my worksheet, and he might have seen that. ANYWAY. He was like, “Oh, all of Christianity was a hoax. The Apostles just wanted to get rich.”
And little-Nell started a deep-seated laughter. Finally, I looked up at his face and realized that he wasn’t joking. And he was appalled by my laughter.
I was like, “Yo, like, all of them were brutally killed except for one who was exiled. Peter was crucified upside down, Andrew was crucified, James was beheaded, Bartholomew was skinned alive and I’m pretty sure that once a knife hits your arm to rip off your skin you have second thoughts about a ‘hoax’ that will leave you ‘rich’…”
And then he walked away really fast.
And it was really awkward.
I don’t know that I was supposed to laugh at that initial comment, there.
My evangelizaiton game isn’t actually all that on point. Blassssst).

ANYWAY.

TODAY IS THE FEAST OF ST. ANDREW.

Do you want to feel more prepared for Christmas, when it comes? Here’s an ancient prayer that you can pray fifteen (yes. fifteen. not messin’ around) times a day until December 25.

This one is short and sweet but POWERFUL so if you need the big-time grace, pray it/ say it. 🙂 You will not regret.

Alternatively, if you want to teamwork it up, you can tell me your intentions and I can mention them, too.

PRAYER:
Hail, and blessed be the hour and moment
At which the Son of God was born
Of a most pure Virgin
At a stable at midnight in Bethlehem
In the piercing cold
At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee,
To hear my prayers and grant my desires
(mention request here).

Through Jesus Christ and His most Blessed Mother. Amen.

I give it 5 out of 5 stars for being effective and lovely and helpful. Really, I’ve prayed it the past few Advents, and I always feel like it prepares me well. Plus, it seems to work well. I have literally seen conversion for folks in my life.

That is all.

End PSA.

Carry on!

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