ReDiscover Christmas

Advent Week 3

Week of Joy

In this third week of advent, let’s allow our souls to rejoice in the gift of joy that comes from giving our lives to the Lord.

Day 15:

Reflection

December 13, 2020

In all seasons of life, we can choose to be filled with joy because of Christ’s birth, life and ultimate sacrifice, which promises us eternal life. We can all learn from the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus, who, from her son’s birth all the way to his death, remained filled with faith and joy, always trusting in God’s plan.

Action

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

Day 16:

Treat Yourself

December 14, 2020

Today’s Saint of the Day is Saint John of the Cross. Saint John’s life was a heroic effort to live up to his name: “of the Cross.” In his life and writings, John of the Cross has a crucial word for us today. We tend to be rich, soft, comfortable. We shrink even from words like self-denial, mortification, purification, asceticism, discipline. We run from the cross. John’s message—like the Gospel—is loud and clear: Don’t—if you really want to live!

Action

Read a Christmas story, from the Bible, as a family about taking up the cross. As an example, “Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me” (Mark 8:34 Mark 8:35 4b) is the story of John’s life.

Day 17:

Generous

December 15, 2020

One of the best ways to love others and spread joy is through giving. The more you give: of yourself, your time, your attention, your affection, your patience, your treasure, the list goes on... the more you demonstrate your love to others.

Action

Read 2 Corinthians 9 then bring hope and joy by purchasing a Christmas present for a child in need, and let them experience your love through generosity. If your parish is hosting a toy drive for children purchase a present and donate it to the drive or make a donation to the Tablet Bright Christmas Campaign

Day 18:

Pray

December 16, 2020

Mother Teresa was known for having an incredible heart for others, truly serving others and bringing joy to their lives. She grounded her joy in Jesus and his love for us all.

Action

Reflect on this with us today: “My heart is the TABERNACLE FOR JESUS: He is there if my heart is clean, and, my GUARDIAN ANGEL is there like that little light. Ask your GUARDIAN ANGEL to continually Love Jesus in your heart while you are so busy.” - Mother Teresa, Speaking to Missionaries of Charity Contemplatives, 1989

Day 19:

Generous

December 17, 2020

The integral part of sharing in joy is bringing that to others. Joy is infectious, spreading happiness from person to person. And because a compliment goes a long way, you’ll be amazed at how something as simple as this can bring joy that lasts all day.

Action

Whether you see someone in person or have an opportunity to leave a meaningful comment online, bring a bright burst of joy and compliment someone today!

Day 20:

Treat Yourself

December 18, 2020

Psalms 104:33 says, “I will sing to the LORD all my life. I will sing praise to my God while I live.” Let’s show our love and appreciation to the God that made us, celebrating Christmas well.

Action

T.G.I.F. - it’s time to have some fun! Sing and dance to Christmas inspired music. If you want some ideas, we have this created DSMG Spotify Christmas playlist and share it with your friends.

Day 21:

Bonus

December 19, 2020

We hope you have some time to gather around the table with a small group of those you love, spending quality time in fellowship with one another. As you do so, keep in mind what 1 Corinthians 10:31 says, “whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do everything for the glory of God.”

Action

Create one of these delicious and fun Christmas recipes from NET TV’s Breaking Bread as you celebrate this weekend and prepare for next week. For step-by-step tutorials, you can also watch the full Breaking Bread episodes here. Don’t forget to tag us @dioceseofbrooklyn or @BrooklynDiocese and #RediscoverChristmas