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To Prepare Our Hearts for the Coming of the Savior

Description: Join Dan Burke and Melissa Elson as they speak with Dr. Anthony Lilles about the importance of the Advent season to prepare our hearts for the coming of the Savior. Topics/Questions covered in the show: What is the meaning and purpose of Advent? Why should we fast during Advent? How does the removal of sin from our lives help us prepare for the coming of Christ at Christmas? What are... Read More

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas

Prepare the Way of the Lord at Advent & Christmas   Christian life is one of preparation. In order to prepare to celebrate the sacred mystery of the Eucharist, we acknowledge our sins. In order to prepare to celebrate the birth of our God as a tiny baby, for us and for our salvation, the Church wisely celebrates the Advent season. Before we know it Advent will be here. So, how do we prepare... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part III of III

December 23, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

In our last post, we looked at the busy-ness and practical tips for the Advent season. Today, we'll examine the roots of Advent sadness, how to go on the offensive and a story to help bring home the message of the season. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm... Read More

Advent Anxiety… What do I do? – Part II of III

December 16, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek, Seasonal Meditations

In our previous post, we looked at why God invented the liturgical seasons and adjusting attitudes as well as making practical adjustments. Today we will look at the source of busy-ness and practical tips. Dear Father John, I am looking forward to Advent and Christmas this year with a little bit of enthusiasm and a lot of anxiety. I know it should be the other way around: a lot of enthusiasm and a... Read More

How Should I Prepare for Advent?

November 25, 2013 by  
Filed under Advent, Fr. Bartunek

Dear Father John, Advent is coming! Even from a distance I feel my shoulders tightening up from the stress of all the noise of the season that has nothing to do with Christ. Do you have any recommendations for how I might better prepare this year? Are you aware of any good books that I can use for spiritual reading through this season to help me to keep my eyes on Christ? Thank you for asking this... Read More

Advent Prayer of Preparation

November 28, 2010 by  
Filed under Advent, Dan Burke, Divine Intimacy, Meditations, Prayer

Advent Prayer of Preparation Advent Prayer of Preparation:  O my God, Word of the Father, Word made flesh. For the love of us, You assumed a mortal body in order to suffer and be immolated for us. I wish to prepare for Your coming with the burning desires of the prophets and the just who in the Old Testament sighed after You, the one Savior and Redeemer… O Lord, send Him whom You are going to... Read More