Nov 25, 2020
Advent is here! In these days
leading to Christmas, we all have the chance to look at the places
where we need Jesus to break in and bring light and
In this week’s
- We start our 4-week exploration
of Blessed is
- Recommendation from Fr
Angelus: Advent of the
Heart: Seasonal Sermons and Prison Writings, 1941-1944
by Fr Alfred Delp, S.J.
- Martin Jernberg (instagram:
@martin.jernberg), Mike Kearney (instagram:
- Advent and Lent have
similarities. Consider this: St Francis fasted before both Easter
(during Lent) and Christmas (during Advent).
- Do you struggle to get “into”
- Fr Mark-Mary is publishing a
book with Ascension Press, set for release in March
- Fr Mark-Mary talks about
praying maranatha (“Come, Lord Jesus!) in a particular situation
as an example of how we can invite the Lord into our
- The “recipe” for Jesus to come:
embracing our poverty.
- Jesus doesn’t always come with
the remedies we hope for—He comes with himself.
- The world before the advent of
Christ needed a Savior; it was broken, lost, dark. Christ brought
healing, purpose and light to the world, and He wants to do the
same for our world, now; for our lives.
- We don’t have to wait for the
“big” things to happen before we involve God; He wants to enter
into the ordinary, everyday things with us.
- The Church has set aside holy,
consecrated times like Advent as a gift for us.
- Jesus not only wants to come,
but also wants us to ask, even beg, for Him to come.
- Servant of God Marcel Văn, in
prayer, hears Jesus say to him, “It brings joy to me to hear you
call my name.” Jesus has a desire to hear us cry out to
- O Come, O Come,
Emmanuel… one of the
greatest Advent songs, right?
- Reflecting on the experience of
Megan Hjelmstad (instagram: @positively__imperfect) of longing for
children after a hysterectomy, and how so many of us can relate to
that suffering of longing.
- Megan feels the Holy Spirit
invite her to pray for Our Lady’s intercession to conceive Christ
in her life so that she might bring His light into the
- When we’re consumed by our
suffering, we need to let God break in. We need to turn away from
ourselves and to the Lord, and let Him work.
- Fr Innocent talks about
struggling with depression in high school and feeling the pressure
as a varsity athlete, even while appearing totally fine and happy
on the outside.
- This depression and experience
of anxiety leads to a profound Eucharistic encounter.
- Healing is made possible
- Your Advent season can be real
and concrete. What are areas in your life that are barren and
burdened and in need of Christ?