E&W 12-8-13

Sacred Story

Encouragements & Wisdom: December 8, 2013


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E & W reflections are additional helps for your Sacred Story prayer journey. Reflect on them at week’s beginning or outside of your 15-minute prayer periods.

The Affirmations

God gives me insights,
Not because I am better than others, but because I am loved.

Those engaged actively in their spiritual growth frequently experience graced insights that move them forward in understanding and wisdom. Some of these insights are profound. We must not allow the insight God gives us to be a cause for pride. God helps us along the way because we need it and God loves us, not because we are better than others. Be ever watchful for spiritual pride. It is the greatest threat to our spiritual growth!

Lord Jesus, keep us grateful for the graces of the Father. May we not confuse these loving gifts as signs that we have achieved holiness but rather recognize them as aids in our path toward holiness. Keep pride far from our hearts so that in all things we remain open to you, in
Creation, Presence, Memory, Mercy and Eternity.


May his name be blessed forever;
as long as the sun his name shall remain.
In him shall all the tribes of the earth be blessed;
all the nations shall proclaim his happiness.
Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace for ever.

(Psalm 72: 17)



Our Lady of Guadalupe, Mystical Rose,
make intercession for the holy Church,
protect the sovereign Pontiff,
help all those who invoke you in their necessities,
and since you are the ever Virgin Mary
and Mother of the true God,
obtain for us from your most holy Son
the grace of keeping our faith,
of sweet hope in the midst of the bitterness of life
of burning charity, and the precious gift
of final perseverance.