Carlos Michael Padilla
Carlos Padilla, a native of West Covina, California, relocated to Tulsa, Oklahoma in 2002. His goal was to pursue a career in public speaking. Although Carlos did not accomplish his dream of speaking full-time, that did not deter Carlos from his passion for speaking, educating, training, and helping others which he believes is the direct result of his own personal transformation from being a victim to a survivor of childhood sexual abuse.
"I am not trying to hide who I was. I am attempting to embrace who I am. Two different bananas!"
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 piercing cold. In that hour vouchsafe, O my God, to hear my prayer and grant my desires (mention your intentions here), through the merits of Our Savior, Jesus Christ, and of His Blessed Mother. Amen.
St. Andrew Christmas Novena (aka Christmas Anticipation Prayer)
The St. Andrew Christmas Novena, also known as the Christmas Anticipation Prayer, begins on the feast day of St. Andrew the Apostle on Nov. 30, and lasts until Dec. 24. Tradition says the prayer should be recited 15 times each day. It is a beautiful, evocative, and meditative Advent prayer.