Some thoughts in prayer: We live in times of great spiritual desolation - a spiritual desert without shepherds for the flock is scattered and abandoned. The evil one offers an oasis of pleasures to the senses and they are attractive to many like the baubles and tinsel of Christmas!. How easy we are deceived by the false lights of the dark one. He has many minions - the scorpions, spiders, fiery serpents and vipers are constantly on the attack for the isolated prey - tempting them to be indulgent and satiate their desires without restraint yet this is spiritual poison that leads to spiritual death. A false gospel of pleasure. To whom do we turn as banished children of Eve in this present exile? To our Blessed Lady who will lead us to the true manna from heaven - to the the blessed fruit of her womb Jesus Christ.