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Advent Stars ~ May these stars of Divine
Love and Light shine through you this Advent season.
Taken from Out of the Ordinary @ 2000, 2010 by Joyce Rupp.
               Used by permission of Ave Marie Press.  All rights reserved.


Day 1 ~ Let the Star of Hope blaze through discouragement, doubt, and disgruntledness.

Day 2 ~ Let the Star of Kindness radiate through what you think, feel, and do today.

Day 3 ~ Let the Star of Remembrance glitter in thoughts of good people and good deeds.

Day 4 ~ Let the Star of Satisfaction shine through your expectations, wants, and desires.

Day 5 ~ Let the Star of Understanding beam acceptance to those with whom you have difficulty.

Day 6 ~ Let the Star of Laughter sparkle in our eyes and in your smile.

Day 7 ~ Let the Star of Openness be a wide ray of love for those who are different from you.

Day 8 ~ Let the Star of Acceptance nudge you to receive the unwanted ones.

Day 9 ~ Let the Star of Forgiveness draw you nearer to those with whom you are alienated.

Day 10 ~ Let the Star of Courage grow bright in whatever requires your inner strength.

Day 11 ~ Let the Star of Joy dance in the comets of your heart that have forgotten to sing.

Day 12 ~ Let the Star of Gratitude encourage you to be generous with your gifts.

Day 13 ~ Let the Star of Patience permeate that which you find difficult and irritable.

Day 14 ~ Let the Star of Wonder draw you to appreciate the beauty in and around you.

Day 15 ~ Let the Star of Justice lead you to speak out in order to change an injustice today.

Day 16 ~ Let the Star of Equanimity glow through your concerns and struggles.

Day 17 ~ Let the Star of Faith beam through you by what you say and do.

Day 18 ~ Let the Star of Appreciation gleam in your affirmation of those who support you.

Day 19 ~ Let the Star of Charity keep you balanced in tending the needs of self and others.

Day 20 ~ Let the Star of Enthusiasm sparkle amid your tiredness and hurried pace.

Day 21 ~ Let the Star of Compassion draw you into the world’s wide expanse of suffering.

Day 22 ~ Let the Star of Delight lift your spirit and help you to see joy in simple things.

Daily Prayer

Star of Wonder, Radiant Goodness, today I turn to you as
the Source of Love. I remember your light dwelling within
me. Keep me mindful of your transforming presence.
Shine this goodness lovingly on each person with
whom I come in contact this day. Draw me to your
irresistible love. I open my whole being to you. I
send your love forth into our world. May all those
who suffer find solace in you.
May all of creation know your peace.


Ocean of Grace, Tides of Transformation – that is how God moves and works at Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House. Spiritual rejuvenation begins the moment you arrive! 

For more than one hundred years, Saint Mary has been a place where all who gathered have been able to drink from the well of God's abundant love. Nourish and enrich your soul with the solitude and peace offered on this holy ground.  

My prayers is that God will gift all who journey here with a spirit of renewal, unity, and reconciliation so that all may be one.

                                            Joan Dollinger
                                           Joan Dollinger, Administrator




Come and be still. Receive the ocean of grace and
tides of transformation
awaiting you at Saint Mary by-the-Sea!

Saint Mary by-the-Sea Retreat House -
101 Lehigh Cape May Point, NJ 08212

A sponsored work of the Sisters of Saint Joseph of Philadelphia