ReDiscover Christmas

Advent Week 2

Week of Peace

In this second week of advent, open up your heart and mind to receive forgiveness and an interior peace that comes from God alone.

Day 8:

Reflection

December 6, 2020

This week of advent, let’s focus on finding true inner peace that comes from allowing ourselves to be an instrument of His peace and love. This week, reflect on times you have and haven’t trusted in God. When did you feel more at peace?

Action

Watch this video on peace from Father Christopher Heanue of Holy Child Jesus and St Benedict Joseph Labre in Richmond Hill, Queens.

Day 9:

Treat Yourself

December 7, 2020

Today’s Saint of the Day, Saint Ambrose, calls our spirit to rise to another world. While there is a lot of uncertainty in our world, we can look to Heaven and be at peace regardless of outside circumstances, and rest in God’s promises.

Action

Use this time to meditate on the actions of St. Ambrose, enjoy some quiet-time, sit down, close your eyes, and focus on the feeling of your breath going in and out. An important mindful approach to helping yourself through the current global crisis is to take time for our own well-being. Your anxiety, stress, and worry may have increased, but you’re not alone.

Day 10:

Generous - Holy Day of Obligation

December 8, 2020

Today is The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Mary was full of grace, and trusted in the Lord’s divine help for wisdom, mercy and understanding. We can all learn from Our Blessed Mother’s beautiful example, and listen to what God calls us to do and follow Him as she did.

Action

As we reflect on Our Blessed Mother’s example, also remember that today is a Holy Day of Obligation and attend Mass today.

Day 11:

Pray

December 9, 2020

Saint Francis de Sales, known as the “Gentleman Saint,” became bishop of Geneva at age 35. While administering his diocese he continued to preach, hear confessions, and catechize the children. His gentle character was a great asset in winning souls. He practiced his own axiom, “A spoonful of honey attracts more flies than a barrelful of vinegar.”

Action

Reflect on this with us today: “If you were young when God called you, recognize that it is a great fortune to learn early that which we cannot but late in life!” Saint Augustine, who was only 30 at his conversion, regretted the time lost: “Oh Ancient Beauty, why have I known Thee so late? I saw Thee and I did not recognize Thee!” How grateful you are therefore to be to God who, through no merit of your own, blessed you with such a grace. Therefore, say with David: “Thou hast taught me, O God, from my youth: until now I will declare my wonderful works.” [Ps70:17] But if God permitted you the grace to recognize His mercy only in your old age, thank Him for having given you this grace before life‘s end, a life perhaps badly spent until then, which if it had continued, would have ended in eternal misery.” - St Francis de Sales, Introduction to the Devout Life

Day 12:

Generous

December 10, 2020

This week as we reflect on peace, part of this is about living in harmony with those around you, being signs of peace and brother-and-sisterhood as we live our daily lives. Let’s remember to be kind to one another. The more we care for each other, the more we become one.

Action

If you find yourself out today for a beverage or snack, bring a smile to someone’s face by paying for a person’s order behind you.

Day 13:

Treat Yourself

December 11, 2020

In a season you might be thinking of the things that have been taken away from you and find it difficult to stay positive. Take a step back, reflecting on the ways that God has, in fact, been good in your life. These moments will refresh your outlook and provide you with peace.

Action

Write down 5 things you want to thank God for this year. Then share these reflections of gratitude on social media. Don’t forget to tag us @dioceseofbrooklyn or @BrooklynDiocese and #RediscoverChristmas

Day 14:

Bonus

December 12, 2020

Mary’s appearance to Juan Diego as one of his people is a powerful reminder that Mary—and the God who sent her—accept all peoples. These days when we hear so much about God’s preferential option for the poor, Our Lady of Guadalupe cries out to us that God’s love for and identification with the poor is an age-old truth that stems from the Gospel itself.

Action

As we celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe, let’s remember to acknowledge and accept each other’s differences, loving and accepting all people the way God does for us.