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Day 43: O my Lord and Redeemer, grant that I may understand the deep intimate ties that bind You to us, whom You have redeemed.

Also, trying out the Hallow app for Christian meditation, on the strength of the recommendation at . So far I like it, even if one of the "guides" pronounces "hallow" like "hollow".

Day 39: Give me light, O Lord Jesus, to see in the lowliness of the Child, the indescribable Majesty of the Son of God.

Day 38: Grant, O Jesus, that I may enter still further into the great mystery of Your Incarnation.

What do you mean, I "have too many veils"? What a silly thing to say!

(The pink one on the end is new)

Every year or so I retake a temperament quiz (like the one at for example), thinking something will change. In reality all it does is tell me I'm either melancholic-choleric or choleric-melancholic, depending on how impatient I am that day.

So I guess it must be fairly accurate, no?

Day 37: O Jesus, make me understand the mysteries and the treasures contained in Your most sweet Name.

"I will think of this new year as a white page given to me by Your Father, on which He will write, day by day, whatever His divine good pleasure has planned. I shall now write at the top of the page, with complete confidence: Domine, fac de me sicut vis, Lord, do with me what You will, and at the bottom I already write my Amen to all the proposals of Your divine will. Yes Lord, yes to all the joys, the sorrows, the graces, the hardships prepared for me, which You will reveal to me day by day. Grant that my Amen may be the Paschal Amen, always followed by the Alleluia, uttered wholeheartedly, in the joy of a complete gift. Give me Your love and Your grace, and I shall be rich enough."
- Sr. Carmela of the Holy Spirit, OCD

I deleted the Facebook app from my phone just now. I can't quit it entirely, but I can keep myself from steeping in it.

"[W]e shall be established forever in the degree of love which we have reached now, in time. If we have attained a high degree of love, we shall be fixed forever in that degree of love and glory; if we possess only a slight degree, that is all we shall have throughout eternity. No further progress will be possible when time has ended."

Ouch. That is the scariest thing I have read in awhile.

Day 35: On the last day of the year, I recollect myself in the presence of the Child Jesus, to examine in the light of eternity the value of time.

Day 42: I beg the Blessed Virgin Mary to allow me to enter in spirit the humble home at Nazareth, to contemplate Jesus' most admirable life there.

(today is the Feast of the Holy Family in the Novus Ordo)

Day 33: I place myself at the feet of the Infant Jesus to meditate on the angels' hymn: "Peace on earth to men of good will"

It's amazing how you can read or hear something you know you've read or heard countless times before, but somehow this time the meaning of the words actually hits you and you feel super dense for not getting it before.

Day 32: I unite myself in spirit to the angelic choir singing the glory of the Lord over the fields of Bethlehem.

As has become tradition, I've gone over to and asked the RNG to give me a saint to focus on this year.

I got St. Margaret of Antioch. For crying out loud. I mean, I do pray before clicking, that I'll get someone who can help me get where I need to be, but it's never been quite this on-the-nose before.

Day 31: I recollect myself before the humble manger: I contemplate the divine Infant, begging Him to teach me how to give Him love for love.

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