All Things Advent
On the second day of Blogmas
my true love sent to me:
Day 2: All Things Advent
and a Posting Explaining to Thee
How could I begin Blogmas without first paying homage to what makes this season magical to this faith-based girl boss? One word: Advent. And this year, it begins today, Dec. 2nd.
“The time of Advent that we begin again today returns us to the horizon of hope, a hope that does not disappoint because it is founded on the Word of God. A hope that does not disappoint, simply because the Lord never disappoints! He is faithful!”– Pope Francis
But, what is Advent? And most importantly, how does this play into our everyday lives?
- the arrival of a notable person, thing, or event.”the advent of television” synonyms: arrival, appearance, emergence, materialization, occurrence, dawn, birth, rise, development; More:
- The first season of the Christian church year, leading up to Christmas and including the four preceding Sundays. noun: Advent
- Christian Theology the coming or second coming of Christ. noun: Advent
This is a time for preparing our hearts for the celebration of Jesus’ birth. We spend the next 24 days taking a soul inventory and reflecting on the past 365 days. It’s a time of hope, gratitude, patience.
We think about all those times that we said “Yes” to God and those times that we said, “Not now, God.” And that’s perfectly OK to have those low moments in faith. He is a patient loving Father, waiting for us to return home.
I am a perfect example of #ItsNeverTooLate.
A cradle Catholic, born into the faith, only came around every so often when I needed something. And then, one day, not long ago – I saw a open window, indescribable –
He was there waiting for me and I fell in love all over again.“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.”– Matthew 11:28
And how to prepare for the birth of Jesus Christ, lamb of God and our only Savior? I picked up a great little pamphlet at Mass last weekend that walks you through that daily prep work, “Prepare The Way of the Lord,” by Janet Schaeffler, OP. A wonderful instructional that you can pick up for just .99 cents. Twenty-eight pages of food for the soul.
And, it’s really as simple as 1, 2, 3. One: you reflect daily on scripture;
Two: you practice, implement reading teachings into your life;
Three – you pray.
Here is a cheat sheet I set up after skimming through “Prepare The Way of the Lord.”
What do you think about Day 1?
Is this something you think you could do; but, need some help?
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Good luck, Happy Advent and Happy Blogmas
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