THIRD SUNDAY OF ADVENT
“Three Days Of Prayer”
While the rest of our society is in the middle of the Yuletide season, we find ourselves, as Catholic Christians, in the liturgical season of Advent. As our days become more frenzied as we complete our secular checklist, the Church calls us to slow down, reflect and prepare for the coming of our Emmanuel. The key is to find a balance between the competing worlds. Instead of beating ourselves whenever we watch a Christmas movie, go to a holiday party or celebrate a seasonal event, appreciate the moment and be thankful for the opportunity. Instead of confining Jesus to the walls of our church let us find Him in everything that is good this December.
At the same time, it is still important to ready our soul and simplifies our life by making time for prayer. We should have our own spiritual checklist as we journey toward Christmas. The parishes of St. Francis de Sales and Prince of Peace have offered several ways to make this season special. You can subscribe to the free electronic prayer experience of “Best Advent Ever” or read the Little Blue Book of daily prayers. Each week on YouTube, a family from the parishes lead us in the lighting of the Advent Wreath. By attending mass each Sunday, we share the Liturgy of the Word and Eucharist with Catholics all over the world.
Beginning Sunday evening at 7:00 p.m. in the main church of St. Francis de Sales parish, continuing Monday at the same time at Prince Of Peace church and concluding on Tuesday at the same time in the main church of St. Francis de Sales, our parishes will offer Adoration, Benediction, and Reflection. Remove yourself from the hustle and bustle for an hour or so, and instead spend it in quiet contemplation before the Holy Eucharist. Meditate on the words of the Gospel and a reflection on the Blessed Sacrament and the season. Allow yourself to hear the voice of the Lord as you open your heart and calm your mind. If you do, you will leave refreshed in mind, soul, and body.
May you enjoy these final weeks before Christmas by embracing both seasons, with all the traditions, and in the process create a place where Christ is welcomed in your entire life.
As the Advent hymn reminds us,” Make your house fair as you are able, trim the hearth, and set the table, people look East and sing today: Love the guest is on the way.”
– Patrick J. Perkins