Today is the feast day of Pope Saint Sylvester, who died on December 31 in 335 AD. Tune in to hear more about this not too well-known man of courage and faith!
May his heroic faith be a source of encouragement for you, and may his intercession be with us and with all those persecuted and martyred for the faith throughout the world, especially in Nigeria, where Bishop Moses Chikwe was abducted just three days ago.
The story of George Washington's vision of a mysterious beautiful lady at Valley Forge is almost as old as America itself. Perhaps it was appropriate that Our Lady of the Americas would want to mark the auspicious occasion of the founding of the nation with her presence; and in any case, She always comes as the mother of the poor and disenfranchised, as consolation for those who suffer, and the bearer of light and hope for those discouraged. Washington was certainly that when in 1777 (or 8), the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to him to assure him of victory, not only against the British, but in three subsequent crises that America would face. One would be the terrible specter of slavery, the sin of which would have lasting ramifications on the nation and lead to the terrible and bloody civil war. The second would be a period in which America would be involved in European wars. The third would be a perilous time in which the whole world would be united against the American Republic. Is this the crisis toward which we are now headed? Tune in today to hear about what really happened at Valley Forge, the account of which was passed down orally from generation to generation and which was eventually captured by Charles Wesley Alexander in his enduring version published in 1861 and shared with you today.
Tune in today to learn about how to COMPLETE the St. Andrew Christmas novena. You might be leaving something out!
Today's podcast also includes a reflection on being born again together with Jesus Christ in the manger at Christmas time. What hope we have in the infant King who saves us! It is a fantastic time to be waking up with His Majesty in the manger.
Here's the text of the novena prayer to be prayed 15 times per day during Advent and twice that on Christmas Day:
Hail and blessed be the hour and moment in which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin Mary at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, I beseech Thee, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires, [here mention your request] through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ and of His blessed Mother. Amen.
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PCSJ's Founder and Executive Director, Lisa Tuggle, is a vowed and consecrated Pauline living the spirituality and apostolic outreach of St. Paul in the married state according to the Statute of the Holy Family Institute, one of the branches of the Pauline Family founded by Blessed James Alberione, SSP. Lisa holds a B.A. in Great Books from the University of Notre Dame and a Master of Arts degree in Theology and Christian Ministry from Franciscan University. After 20+ years in the performing arts and 10 years as a youth minister and Director of Religious Education, she is dedicating the "second half" of her life to global catechesis initiatives while enjoying family, friends, and a simple life of prayer.