The Church has given us a special season in which to prepare for the celebration of Christ’s coming into the world. Advent, or the four weeks before Christmas, is this season. Like Lent (the forty days before Easter) Advent is meant to be a time to retreat from the world and come closer to God as He bends closer to earth to send us His Son, Jesus. Many people do penances during Advent, just as they would during Lent. Others try to add extra good deeds or make special efforts to form habits of virtue. Deus Vult will be observing this season by taking a little pause. Our authors and editor are taking a break this Advent to help us refocus our attention on what matters most, that is, our relationship with God. We will not be posting during Advent so that our authors can keep in touch with this holy tradition our Holy Mother the Church has given us.
How about you? What are you doing this Advent? Why not use the time you would normally spend reading our posts to read the Scriptures or the life or writings of a saint? Maybe take a break from the busy-ness of the “holiday season” and spend real quality time with God or your family. Really, what is this season for if not for drawing closer to Him, and through love of Him. to your loved ones?
We hope you will have a fruitful Advent! We will be back after Christmas with more posts on our holy Faith and the Church’s beautiful traditions. Until then, though, I think I’ll go and pick up that book by St. Francis de Sales I’ve been trying to work through…
St. John Bosco and St. Philomena, pray for us!
Below is a short guide on how to construct a spiritual battle plan for a fruitful Advent:
Please don’t forget that the St. Andrew Novena starts tomorrow and ends on December 24! This beautiful prayer is to be said 15 times a day.
Here it is: Hail, and blessed be the hour and the moment at which the Son of God was born of the most pure Virgin in a stable at midnight in Bethlehem in the piercing cold. At that hour vouchsafe, I beseech thee, to hear my prayers and grant my desires. (State intention here)
Through the merits of Our Savior Jesus Christ, and of His Blesses Mother. Amen.
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