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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!

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.

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.
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.

    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:
    • paperback
    • 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.