Saturday, November 30, 2013

Preparing For Advent

Advent is just around the corner and we must prepare for it not only in the ritualistic/holy day sense, but spiritually.  Every Catholic family should try their best to set up an advent wreath in a prominent location in their home.

This could be the family room, reading room, recreation room etc.  The advent wreath is a sacramental that reminds us of Christ and His coming 2,000 + years ago as well as His second coming which can happen at any hour.

Families should gather around the advent wreath, read Scripture, the Church's teachings on Christ and his Incarnation as well as the reflections of the Church Fathers and saints regarding the coming of Christ.  Dinner shouldn't be the only time a family gets together.  Prayer is extremely important to the stability and health of the family.  As Bl. Mother Teresa said, "The family that prayers together, stays together."

Gathering around the advent wreath is also a great time to discuss the faith and issues surrounding it in the world.  Kids can ask questions, older ones can voice their ideas or disagreements and start a discussion on faith.  Evangelization starts at home.

Here are some links to help you get started:

http://www.catholicdadsonline.org/posts/7810/battle-ready-what-is-enough/catholic-family-advent/

http://www.ewtn.com/library/FAMILY/ADVCUST.TXT

http://www.focusonthefamily.com/parenting/holidays/making-meaningful-christmas-memories/celebrate-advent.aspx

http://catholicism.about.com/od/adventactivities/tp/Celebrating_Advent.htm
      

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