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Choosing a companion patron saint for the New Year
This explanation is taken from the Divine Mercy Diary where then Sister, (now Saint) Faustina explains about the custom in her Convent of picking a companion saint (or does the saint choose you? !). Many believe there are special Graces with this.

NEW YEAR 1935 "Jesus likes to intervene in the smallest details of our life and He often fulfils secret wishes of mine that I sometimes hide from Him, although I know that from Him nothing can be hidden.
     There is a custom among us of drawing by lot, on New Years' Day, special Patrons for ourselves for the whole year.  In the morning during meditation, there arose within me a secret desire that the Eucharistic Jesus be my special Patron for this year also, as in the past.  But, hiding this desire from my Beloved, I spoke to Him about everything else but that.  When we came to refectory for Breakfast, we blessed ourselves and began drawing our patrons.  When I approached the holy cards on which the names of the patrons were written, without hesitation I took one, but I didn't read the name immediately as I wanted to mortify myself for a few minutes.  Suddenly, I heard a voce in my soul;  I am your patron. Read.  I looked at once at the inscription and read, "Patron for the Year 1935 -  the Most Blessed Eucharist"  My heart leapt with joy, and I slipped quietly away from the sisters and went for a short visit before the Blessed Sacrament, where I poured out my heart.  But Jesus sweetly admonished me that I should be at that moment together with the sisters. I went immediately in obedience to the rule."
  (Diary - Notebook 1: 360)

Suggestions: #1 Print Saint's names with quotations & prayer, cut individually, place folded in a basket for people to choose one.
Sister Emmanuel says in her book, 'Medjugorje in the 90's', that the Saint will protect you; guide you on the right path, and share with you his/her special charism. #2 You could choose a companion saint from the list of the patrons of your past occupation(s) and find a saint unknown to you. Read (print out) a short resume of their life which might be not only fascinating but in so many ways inspiration to follow their example. May your Saints bring you courage and strength in the coming year.
Example Quote:
"If you are what you should be, you will set the whole world on fire. Let the truth be your delight...proclaim it...but with certain congeniality." ~ St. Catherine of Sienna, Doctor of the Church. Prayer: "Pray for an outpouring of the Holy Spirit in the Church."

External Links: Saints list #1 | Saints #2 | Saints #3 | Saints list #4 | Patron Saints information | Random Saint's name generator

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Christmas Prayer by Gerard Manley Hopkins
Moonless darkness stands between. Past, the Past, no more be seen! But the Bethlehem star may lead me,
To the sight of Him who freed me, From the self that I have been. Make me pure, Lord: Thou art holy;
Make me meek, Lord: Thou wert lowly; Now beginning, and always, Now begin, on Christmas day.

The real meaning of the carol, 'The 12 Days of Christmas'
From 1558 until 1829, Roman Catholics in England were not permitted to practice their faith openly. Someone during that era wrote this carol as a catechism song for young Catholics. It has two levels of meaning: the surface meaning plus a hidden meaning known only to members of their church. Each element in the carol has a code word for a religious reality which the children could remember.

-The partridge in a pear tree was Jesus Christ.
-Two turtle doves were the Old and New Testaments.
-Three French hens stood for faith, hope and love.
-The four calling birds were the four gospels of Matthew, Mark, Luke & John.
-The five golden rings recalled the Torah or Law, the first five books of the Old Testament.
-The six geese a-laying stood for the six days of creation.
-Seven swans a-swimming represented the sevenfold gifts of the Holy Spirit--Prophesy, Serving, Teaching, Exhortation, Contribution, Leadership and Mercy.
-The eight maids a-milking were the eight beatitudes.
-Nine ladies dancing were the nine fruits of the Holy Spirit--Love, Joy, Peace, Patience, Kindness, 
Goodness, Faithfulness, Gentleness, and Self Control.
-The ten lords a-leaping were the ten commandments.
-The eleven pipers piping stood for the eleven faithful disciples.
-The twelve drummers drumming symbolized the twelve points of belief in the Apostles' Creed.

HollyChristmas Quotes

"A hug is a great gift at Christmas - one size fits all" | Jesus is the reason for the Season...........
"The birth of Jesus is the sunrise in the Bible." ~ Henry van Dyke
'Christmas is not a time nor a season, but a state of mind. To cherish peace and goodwill, to be plenteous in mercy, is to have the real spirit of Christmas.'  ~ Calvin Coolidge
'Blessed is the season which engages the whole world in a conspiracy of love.' ~ Hamilton Wright Mabie
'The whole concept of God taking human shape had never made much sense to me. That was because, I realised one wonderful day, it was so simple. For people with bodies, important things like love have to be embodied. That's all. God had to be embodied, or else people with bodies would never in a trillion years understand about love.' ~ Jane Vonnegut Yarmolinsky
"Let us remember that the Christmas heart is a giving heart, a wide-open heart that thinks of others first. The birth of the baby Jesus stands as the most significant event in all history, because it has meant the pouring into a sick world of the healing medicine of love which has transformed all manner of hearts for almost two thousand years... Underneath all the bulging bundles is this beating Christmas heart." ~ George Matthew Adams
"The Son of God became the Son of man so that the sons of men might become the sons of God." ~ Terry Fullam

I Am the New Year
I am the new year. I am an unspoiled page in your book of time.
I am your next chance at the art of living.
I am your opportunity to practice what you have learned about life during the last twelve months.
All that you sought and didn't find is hidden in me, waiting for you to search it out with more determination.
All the good that you tried for and didn't achieve is mine to grant when you have fewer conflicting desires.
All that you dreamed but didn't dare to do, all that you hoped but did not will, all the faith that you claimed but did not have -- these slumber lightly, waiting to be awakened by the touch of a strong purpose.
I am your opportunity to renew your allegiance to Him who said, "Behold, I make all things new." ~ Anon

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HollyHappy Chanukah (The C is silent in Chanukah) Hanukkah, also called "the Festival of Lights", celebrates the miracle of the holy oil that unexpectedly burned in the Temple for eight days after the Maccabees defeated the Syrians. This eight-day celebration is a joyous holiday filled with games, special foods, gifts, singing, and dancing. Jews all over the world celebrate Hanukkah by lighting the Menorah. On the first night, the shamash (helper candle) is used to light one candle. Each night, one more candle is added and lit. It is customary to light the menorah in the window so that all who pass by can see it and know which night of Hanukkah it is. The candles are traditionally placed in the Menorah from  right to left and lit from left to right so the newest is always lit first. The shamash is usually higher than, or set apart from, the rest of the candles. 

A merry (twelve days of) Christmas to all

Picture: The best gift you can give is a hug. One size fits and no one will care if you return it

You may enjoy this beautiful nativity video - the music may not appeal but listen to the lyrics. click the full screen icon bottom right :-)

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