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Advent Devotionals

5 - minute prayers Around the Advent Wreath

5 - minute prayers Around the Advent Wreath

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Spend just five minutes a day praying around your Advent wreath with popular author Lisa M. Hendey's heart-felt reflections and you'll experience the promise, renewal, and hope of the Advent season.

Hendey--founder of CatholicMom.com--invites you to take up the centuries-old tradition of lighting candles and gathering around an Advent wreath in prayer with family and friends. These scripture-based devotions are perfect for any age and setting, and offer a few minutes of simplicity, focus, and sacred longing as you contemplate and prepare for the great gift of Christ's birth.

Each day includes an opening antiphon and a closing prayer, a scripture reading, a short reflection, and questions to ponder, journal about, or use in conversation.

The compact size and affordable price make this booklet perfect for homes, classrooms, RCIA, youth groups, adult faith formation, campus ministry, and parish settings.

Advent A Family Celebration Prayers & Activities for Each Day

Advent A Family Celebration Prayers & Activities for Each Day

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Advent is the perfect season to begin praying as a family! Its wealth of traditions, such as the Advent wreath, the Advent calendar, and the Jesse tree, can be the perfect focal point for prayer. Advent: A Family Celebration will delight both children and adults with its ability to relate Scripture and prayer to real life events. Each day's meditation, designed to be said after the lighting of the Advent wreath, features a Scripture passage based on the Mass readings. A reflection and prayer then relates the Bible passage to a story or event. Two sets of meditations are written -- one for very young children and another for older ones. Prayers for all three Sunday cycles are also included. In addition, the book includes special Scripture passages and prayers to say each day while decorating the Jesse tree.
Advent and Christmas with Saint Joseph

Advent and Christmas with Saint Joseph

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Prepare for and celebrate Christ's coming with brief daily meditations for Advent and the Christmas season. Scripture readings, a personal reflection, a question to ponder or act to consider, and a short prayer to Saint Joseph are sure to touch your heart and lead you to a deeper relationship with Jesus and his foster father, Joseph.

Advent of Christ Scripture Reflections To Prepare for Christmas

Advent of Christ Scripture Reflections To Prepare for Christmas

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Perhaps the Christmas story has become almost too familiar. A virgin giving birth. A child laid in a manger. Shepherds greeted by angels. The Christmas story has become so familiar that the profound, even shocking, nature of the incarnation might be overlooked. But what if we had never heard the story before? What if we were hearing it for the first time, like the first-century Jews? These events certainly would not be taken for granted--they would signal something new: the dawning of the long-awaited Messiah.

This Advent, put yourself in that ancient Jewish world. Containing an entry for each day of Advent and continuing through the Christmas season, Dr. Ted Sri will help you to discover spiritual treasures in the Gospels and gain a new understanding of the coming of Christ.

Perhaps the Christmas story has become almost too familiar. A virgin giving birth. A child laid in a manger. Shepherds greeted by angels. The Christmas story has become so familiar that the profound, even shocking, nature of the incarnation might be overlooked. But what if we had never heard the story before? What if we were hearing it for the first time, like the first-century Jews? These events certainly would not be taken for granted—they would signal something new: the dawning of the long-awaited Messiah.

Advent Reflections: Meditations for a Holy Advent

Advent Reflections: Meditations for a Holy Advent

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A series of reflections written by Catholic priests and bishops from the United Kingdom and Ireland. Covering the Scripture readings for Advent and the events leading up to Christmas, these meditations carry readers back to Bethlehem and to ancient Israel, where prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah. For in Advent Christians look both backward and forward -- but always toward that for which they are waiting: the Second Coming of Christ.

Amid the hustle and bustle of the secular pre-Christmas season, these Advent reflections invite you to slow down and reflect on the season's spiritual and liturgical themes. Shared over the years with grateful EWTN audiences by good priests and bishops, they will help you do just that.

Covering the Sunday Advent readings and events leading up to the birth of Jesus, these meditations carry you back to Bethlehem but take you earlier as well to ancient Israel, where prophets foretold the coming of the Messiah. For in Advent we look both backward and forward – but always toward that for which we are awaiting: the second coming of Christ.

Let these holy bishops and priests take you on a refreshing spiritual journey through Advent and bring you to the deeper reality of the season, cutting through the secular distractions and anxieties, and deliver you to the Christ Child.

Each Advent, you adorn your tree and home with sparkling ornaments – this year, with the help of these Advent Reflections, adorn your spirit with the Word of God!

Advent with the Saints for Kids!

Advent with the Saints for Kids!

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Kids love the fun of Christmas, between presents, cookies, and parties. But the waiting can be so hard! This little book of prayers, featuring saints for the Christmas season, will help you fill all that waiting time with prayers that bring Advent back into your Christmas. Each saint features a mini-bio, Christmas connection, family prayer, and child's prayer.

All Creation Waits - The Advent Mystery of new Beginings

All Creation Waits - The Advent Mystery of new Beginings

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From the bestselling author of Wild Hope -- a beautiful book for Advent.

Open a window each day of Advent onto the natural world. Here are twenty-five fresh images of the foundational truth that lies beneath and within the Christ story. In twenty-five portraits depicting how wild animals of the northern hemisphere ingeniously adapt when darkness and cold descend, we see and hear as if for the first time the ancient wisdom of Advent: The dark is not an end but the way a new beginning comes.

Short, daily reflections that paint vivid, poetic images of familiar animals, paired with charming original wood-cuts, will engage both children and adults. Anyone who does not want to be caught, again, in the consumer hype of "the holiday season" but rather to be taken up into the eternal truth the natural world reveals will welcome this book.

An Advent Book of Days

An Advent Book of Days

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A Book of Days to nurture and inspire your soul this Advent

From December 1 to December 25, Gregory Kenneth Cameron invites you to partake in a daily feast for the eyes and the spirit. Rich reflections draw upon scriptures, history, and legend about the character of the day - Gabriel, the Virgin Mary, the Star, the Magi, and of course the Christ Child, paired with gorgeous illustrations from the author, adapted from famous works of art. Step into the tradition of visio divina inspired by the medieval tradition of the illuminated book of hours, and celebrate the many aspects and persons of the Christmas story through the centuries.

"It is my hope that these reflections, whenever they are read, will help us to discover new depths in the Christmas story, to deepen our faith, and perhaps even to learn something new or unexpected; because over two thousand years, the story of Christmas has become filled with unexpected delights arising from Scripture, history, legend and faith." --Gregory Kenneth Cameron

Behold guided advent journal for prayer and meditation

Behold guided advent journal for prayer and meditation

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Let the Holy Family be your light through Advent as you receive the healing power of Christ.

In this beautiful guided journal for prayer and meditation, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT--author of the bestselling book Restore--will walk with you as you explore familial wounds with the help of Jesus, Mary, and Joseph.

Behold features stunning original art by Josiah Henley of Heart of IESVS. Free weekly companion videos, a downloadable discussion guide, and other resources make this book perfect for parish-wide, individual, and book club use leading up to Christmas.

Each week of Behold will focus on a different theme that you can connect to your life in a practical way:

  • Week one: Motherhood--Receive Mary as your mother and let her tender love soften your heart toward your earthly mother;
  • Week two: Fatherhood--Adopt Joseph as your father and embrace his loving strength as you seek healing in your relationship with your own father;
  • Week three: Childhood--Become childlike with Jesus and remember the core of who you are as you release your inner joy and playfulness; and
  • Week four: Stable--Restore peace and unity in your family and regain hope.
  • Each day you will journey deeper into the meaning of Advent with a meditation, reflection questions, a prayer, and journaling space.

    Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree

    Celebrating Advent with the Jesse Tree

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    One of 101 titles in the St. Joseph Picture Book Series, this book by popular author Rev. Jude Winkler, OFM. Conv. helps children understand this season of preparation for the birth of Jesus. In simple and understandable terms, this title links several Old Testament stories plus the story of John the Baptist to the eventual coming of the Messiah. Among the features of this book are:

  • vibrant full-color illustrations
  • durable sewn paperback binding
  • Topics and Biblical figures covered in this title include:
  • Preparing for Christmas
  • The Jesse Tree
  • God Creates Adam and Eve
  • The Promise of a Savior
  • Noah and the Flood
  • Abraham and Sarah
  • The Sons of Jacob
  • Moses the Liberator
  • Your God Will Be My God (Naomi and Ruth)
  • David, the Son of Jesse
  • A House for David (The Ark of the Covenant, the Temple, and the City of Jerusalem)
  • Emmanuel (Isaiah's prophecy for the Messiah)
  • Little Town of Bethlehem (Micah's Prophecy)
  • A New Jerusalem (Prophecy during the Exile)
  • John the Baptist
  • We invite you to view other titles in this series here: https: //catholicbookpublishing.com/browse/st-joseph-picture-books

    Holding Jesus Reflections on Mary The Mother of God

    Holding Jesus Reflections on Mary The Mother of God

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    In faith we love to think of Mary as our Blessed Mother. We see Mary depicted again and again holding the infant Jesus in her arms. The most popular image of Mary in paintings, icons, stained glass, and statuary is her role as the Madonna, the mother of the Word made flesh. The imagination and genius of artists supply us with images of the maternal wonder, innocence, and affection that our faith discerns in this holy Mother of God. But the story of Mary's relationship with Jesus goes beyond her nurturing him as a child. She also accompanies him throughout his life stages from childhood to the teen years, from young adult to his maturity, from his thirtieth year to his passion and death, and from his resurrection to his ascension. Throughout his life, Mary continues to hold her son in her love and in her outstanding prayer and contemplation. In 42 scriptural reflections, Fr. Alfred McBride invites us to consider Mary as a young wife and new mother who holds her infant, as the Mother of Sorrows who holds her son when he is taken down from the cross, and as a witness to the infant Church when the Holy Spirit descends in the Upper Room at Pentecost.

    The audio edition of this book can be downloaded via Audible.

    Joy to the World Advent Activites for Your Family

    Joy to the World Advent Activites for Your Family

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    Here's a treasure trove of exciting ideas that will enable your family to focus anew on preparing for the holy time of Advent and Christmas! With a fresh, lively set of suggestions that will attract young and old alike, Joy to the World will help lay the foundation for long-lasting family memories.

    Joy to the World takes a three-pronged approach to the season:

    The Advent calendar, where daily activities are organized into four categories of Service, Spiritual Growth, Homebody, and Pure Fun

    The Evening Ritual, incorporating the Advent wreath and the Jesse tree, and featuring simplified Scriptures that young children can readily understand

    The Good Deeds Manger, which puts the family's focus on preparing their hearts for the coming of Christ

    Light for the World-A Catholic Kids Guide to Advent and Christmas

    Light for the World-A Catholic Kids Guide to Advent and Christmas

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    This Advent, help your entire family prepare for the birth of Jesus with Light for the World: A Catholic Kid's Guide for Advent and Christmas. Written and illustrated for your entire family, this softcover book explains Catholic traditions and feast days that we celebrate throughout the seasons of Advent and Christmas. Light for the World is just what your family needs to truly know and appreciate the "Reason for the Season".

    Pages: 54

    Little Way of Advent Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

    Little Way of Advent Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

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    The Little Way of Advent follows a format similar to The Little Way of Lent. Following the Advent and Christmas season daily Scripture readings, Fr. Caster provides an inspirational reflection for each day and a quote from St. Thérèse that helps to shed light on the reflection. Because the book is not dated, it can be used in any year. The author provides a reflection for each Sunday in the A, B, and C cycle, one for every weekday in Advent and, as an additional feature, one for every day in the Christmas season. The Little Way of Advent focuses on St. Thérèse's Little Way, as well as her deep insights into the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Fr. Caster shows the connection between the innocent child and the crucified Savior, thus providing for a rich Advent experience.
    Magnificat Advent Companion

    Magnificat Advent Companion

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    A perfect way to live Advent to the full this year.

    Each issue of the Advent Companion is never the same as the last and contains these one-of-a-kind extras that you won't find anywhere else:

    - A variety of beautiful and practical blessings.
    - An Advent Penance Service.
    - Specially-commissioned poetry.
    - Advent Stations.
    - Praying the O Antiphons.

    Advent is that sacred season of anticipation and expectation in which we come to terms with the deepest yearning of our soul—a yearning fulfilled only in Jesus Christ. As we wait in longing for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas, we turn over to him all the false satisfactions—the compromises—of our life. To live Advent is to live in the awareness of a Presence that changes us. 

    Our Advent preparation is marked by vigilance—custody of the heart, in which we keep our soul fixed on the Lord. For what we see incarnate in the infant Jesus we  desire for ourselves: purity, innocence, childlikeness restored. In the birth of this Child we know the promise of our own spiritual rebirth.

    This rich spiritual companion will accompany you like a beloved friend through the four weeks of Advent with poignant scriptural reflections for each day of the season. You will also find a wealth of meditative prayers, essays, and poetry, an examination of conscience, and a unique feature:
    the Advent Stations. If you long for the nearness of God in your life, this invaluable little booklet promises to bring you ever closer to the One who promised: I am with you always (Mt 28:20).

    Magnifikid! Daily Advent Prayers: Awaiting Jesus with Joyful, Open Hearts

    Magnifikid! Daily Advent Prayers: Awaiting Jesus with Joyful, Open Hearts

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    Embark on a prayerful journey for this Advent and many Advents to come, and prepare the most important present of all, a prayerful heart ready to welcome our Lord Jesus Christ! 

    Designed to be used individually, or as a support for family and community prayer, each day features an opening reflection, a Scripture reading from daily Mass, intercessions, prayers, and inspiring illustrations by award-winning illustrator Éric Puybaret. This precious resource will be treasured year after year because it includes all the days of Advent, adapted for the three-year liturgical cycle, and calendars to guide its use through the year 2030.

    Ages 7 and up

    Meditations for Advent

    Meditations for Advent

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    Carefully selected to lift your soul to God in those hectic days that stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, these forty daily meditations will keep you mindful of the real meaning of Christmas while affording you an admirable distillation of the doctrines and piety of our Holy Catholic Church.
    Memento Mori A Companion on the Last Things ADVENT

    Memento Mori A Companion on the Last Things ADVENT

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    During Advent we prayerfully consider how Jesus was born to save us from death through his incarnation, death, and resurrection. Remembering this in light of your own death can change your life. Mememto mori or "remember your death" is a phrase long associated with the practice of remembering the unpredictable and inevitable end of one's life. This book is the latest in a series of books by Sr. Theresa Alethia Noble, FSP, that explores the traditional Christian practice of meditation on death in light of Christ. This book will help you to connsider the four Last Things: death, judgment, hell, and heaven in the context of Advent. -- Adapted from back cover
    Messages of Light: Advent 2022

    Messages of Light: Advent 2022

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    Three minutes is all it takes to change your day for the better.

    The rich yet uncomplicated daily reflections in Messages of Light for Advent and Christmas 2022 will guide you from the first Sunday of Advent through Epiphany. With practical, everyday wisdom, Fr. Michael White and Tom Corcoran--authors of the bestselling and award-winning Rebuilt--will help you focus on the season of light in the darkest days of winter. You will learn to accept Christ's light in your own life by embracing the truth and peace he offers, sharing his light with others, and preparing yourself to celebrate the great feast of Christmas.

    Each day you'll read a verse or two of scripture, a short reflection, and a simple prayer prompt that will help you draw closer to God. While each devotion can be completed in about three minutes, you'll reap the comfort and inspiration they bring throughout the day.

    The book is affordably priced for bulk purchases by Catholic parishes, schools, and other institutions.

    My Daily Visitor : Advent 2022

    My Daily Visitor : Advent 2022

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    Reflect, pray, and live this Advent season with My Daily Visitor .This handy resource helps you to begin each day with quick and easy Scripture-focused reflection, prayer, and achievable actions to prepare for the coming of Christ.

    For each day, Aleteia editor-in-chief Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP, offers a brief reflection based on the daily Mass readings, a prayer, and a suggestion for how to live Advent well. This approachable booklet will help you set aside time for daily prayer and grow closer to Christ amid life's busyness during the holiday season.

    As we actively await the arrival of Christmas, i>My Daily Visitor is the perfect companion to have on your Advent journey.

    My First Advent Storybook

    My First Advent Storybook

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    In My First Advent Storybook, little ones hear about the promise God made from the days of Abraham all the way to the arrival of baby Jesus. Thoughtful, rhythmic text highlights special themes of Advent and invites children to be part of the story with fun, interactive prompts.

    This simple, sturdy book is ideal for:

  • Children ages 0-3
  • Parents, grandparents, and children's ministry leaders
  • Baby showers, adoption parties, birthdays, Christmas, and Advent
  • Parents who want to introduce their children to the big story of the Bible will love the biblical truths in My First Advent Storybook and its sweet Christmas season companion, Count My Way to Jesus.

    Oriens A pilgrimage through Advent and Christmas

    Oriens A pilgrimage through Advent and Christmas

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    Make a life-changing pilgrimage, beginning this Advent.

    Oriens is a Latin word meaning "rising" and "dawn." Your Oriens journey begins on the First Sunday of Advent and continues until the feast of the Presentation on February 2. Every day, you'll take a step closer to "the dawn from on high."

    Fr. Joel Sember is your leader on this pilgrimage, one in which you will learn what God is revealing to you through Scripture and prayer. With Oriens as your guidebook, you'll learn how to pray and reflect more deeply. Each day you'll read a Scripture passage, receive Fr. Joel's guidance on how to pray with that passage, and find questions for reflection and journaling.

    If in years past you have found yourself on Christmas wondering how you missed Advent, this book will speak to you. If you utilized Oriens in previous years to intensify your Advent preparation and Christmas celebration, then you already know this book will open your heart to hearing the voice of God.

    Welcome, Oriens pilgrim.
    Rejoice - Advent Meditations with Mary

    Rejoice - Advent Meditations with Mary

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    This Advent, don’t get caught up in the busyness. Don’t get lost in the anxiety of preparing for a day. Joyfully anticipate the coming of the person of Jesus through an encounter with his Most Blessed Mother.

    Imagine having an Advent that is more peaceful, more joyful, and more meaningful than ever before.

    The Rejoice! Advent Meditations with Mary Journal not only lets you walk beside Mary during the first Advent, but also lets you get to know her in a way you haven’t before.

    Rejoice! offers more than insights and information about Mary’s life—it offers an opportunity for you to encounter Mary in the quiet of your heart.

    Each day, in a few short pages, Fr. Toups provides you with aids to help guide your prayer:

    • A word - Focus on a single word each day to draw out the details, the specifics of who Our Lady is.
    • A reflection - Learn more about Mary, the culture in which she was raised, and the world in which she lived.
    • A Psalm - Each day, you’re given a Psalm to pray (just as Mary herself would have prayed) to help you enter into prayer.
    • A reading - In reading Scripture, you find the Word of God, bringing you closer to Mary, who carried the Word in her body.
    • A prompt - Space is provided each day to journal. Record how the Lord is speaking to you this Advent.
    Features:
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    • 102 pages
    • full-color original artwork
    • matte lamination cover 
    Simple Gifts Daily Reflections for Advent

    Simple Gifts Daily Reflections for Advent

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    Advent is a fresh start, a welcome into the silence and the mystery of whatever is waiting to be born or reborn in our lives. At the very time when we are most immersed in activity--shopping, parties, baking and cleaning in preparation for the noise and merriment of Christmas--Advent is an invitation to slow down, to come away to the quiet. It's a reminder that the promise of Christ is "already but not yet."

    We are called to prepare a place for Jesus in our hearts and our lives, just as the people of the Hebrew Scriptures longed for the Messiah, and as Mary and Joseph prepared for the birth of their first child. Life as we know it is going to change if we live Advent well.

    In Simple Gifts, author Diane Houdek offers a series of daily Advent meditations that are very different from the commodified, candy-filled calendars we find in stores. This one calls us to rest, to step back, to learn to appreciate the small events and simple gifts that flow through our days. These reflections remind us of the life-changing truths that lie deep within our own hearts.

    Gathering wisdom from Scripture, from saints and spiritual writers, and from the author's own deceptively profound insights about everyday life, Simple Giftsis a way to seek a sense of peace and wholeness in our hearts and in our daily lives. It's an opportunity to learn more about ourselves and the God who loved us enough to become one of us and share our journey. If we do that even in small ways this year, we will have an immeasurable gift to share with our loved ones--and possibly even with our world.

    Waiting for Christ: Meditations for Advent and Christmas

    Waiting for Christ: Meditations for Advent and Christmas

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    Saint John Henry Newman was one of the most beloved and well-known preachers of his time. Originally an Anglican priest, Newman converted to Catholicism and became a Catholic priest and cardinal. Known for his beautiful prose and exultant preaching, Newman has long been a source of inspiration for those in the Church. In this new and compact compilation of his sermons, you’re invited to journey with St. John Henry Newman through Advent into Christmas and Epiphany, meditating on the coming of Christ and the Christian life. Newman’s masterful knowledge of the lives of the saints, Catholic doctrine, and, above all, Sacred Scripture, will help you immerse yourself in these liturgical seasons of waiting, wondering, and joy.

    These beautiful meditations guide you through reflections on:

    • Preparing for the Lord’s coming at Christmas and the end of time
    • Our dependence upon the Lord’s goodness
    • What happens when we do not seek truth
    • Mary’s role in salvation history
    • God’s call for each and every one of us to holiness
    • Glorifying God in the world
    • True joy
    • Martyrdom, affliction, and consolation
    • Love as the one thing needful

    Waiting for Christ, provides an opportunity to spend a few minutes with St. John Henry Newman and Christ every day of the Advent and Christmas seasons, preparing for the coming of the Lord.

    Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio daily reflections for Advent

    Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio daily reflections for Advent

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    St. Pio of Pietrelcina had a deep devotion to the Christ Child. The man more commonly known as Padre Pio also possessed extraordinary and unique mystical gifts: Jesus often came to him in the form of a little child.

    In Welcoming the Christ Child with Padre Pio, stories about the saint known for his stigmata and ability to bilocate are woven with scripture and prayer to help you experience Advent--Padre Pio's favorite season--with greater hope and joy.

    Each day of Advent you will read an account from someone who knew Padre Pio, including

  • his Capuchin brothers' amazement as they witnessed Padre Pio walking the halls of the monastery, cradling an apparition of the Christ Child;
  • the miraculous healing of Vera Marie Calandra, who was blessed by the Franciscan monk as an infant and whose parents later founded the National Centre for Padre Pio; and
  • examples of the extraordinary spiritual gifts of this holy confessor, including his stigmata, his ability to bilocate and read hearts, and the healing gifts that flowed from his fervent devotion to the Holy Family.
  • This book contains daily readings for Advent as well as special entries for moveable feasts celebrated by Catholics around the world. Each day includes a quotation from Padre Pio, a short story about the saint, a scripture reflection, and prayer to help you follow this extraordinary saint's example and welcome the Christ Child into your home and heart during Advent.

    An appendix includes additional resources and prayers to learn more about Padre Pio.