ReDiscover Christmas

Advent Week 4

Week of Love

In this final week of advent, let us live in Christ’s love, cherish the gift of our Savior’s birth, and lovingly share our faith with others.

Day 22:

Reflect

December 20, 2020

What does it mean to show love and be loved? It starts with understanding and accepting God’s unconditional love for all of us. May this realization transform your heart and allow you to live in Christ’s love, cherish the gift of our Savior’s birth, and lovingly share our faith with others. This week, we are inspired by Mother Teresa and her wise words: “Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”

Action

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

Day 23:

Reconciliation Monday

December 21, 2020

We can be filled with joy knowing what God promises. As it says in Psalms 16:11, “You will show me the path to life, abounding joy in your presence, the delights at your right hand forever.” Reconciliation Monday represents another opportunity during Advent for us to become refreshed and renewed in our faith.

Action

We encourage you to prepare your heart for Christmas by visiting your local parish, or click here to find a church near you, to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation between 4PM and 7PM, today.

Day 24:

Generous

December 22, 2020

“Beloved, let us love one another, because love is of God; everyone who loves is begotten by God and knows God. Whoever is without love does not know God, for God is love. In this way the love of God was revealed to us: God sent his only Son into the world so that we might have life through him. In this is love: not that we have loved God, but that he loved us and sent his Son as expiation for our sins. Beloved, if God so loved us, we also must love one another.” - 1 John 4:7-11

Action

Call your loved ones, let them know you love them and appreciate them...and remember that communicating in love is a two-way street. Listen to them as well, finding out how they are doing this Christmas season.

Day 25:

Prayer

December 23, 2020

We pray that we can live the example of St. John Bosco who believed that Christ’s love and our faith in that love should pervade everything we do—work, study, play. For John Bosco, being a Christian was a full-time effort, not a once-a-week, Mass-on-Sunday experience. It is a quest to find God and Jesus in everything we do, letting their love lead us.

Action

Reflect on this with us today: “Jesus could have limited His presence only to the celebration of Mass, but no! He wanted to make a permanent dwelling among us. Night and day He awaits us and offers Himself to us at all times. Like a most tender mother, He opens His arms to us. He is there generously to give us His gifts. He is there to draw us to Him and lead us to paradise with Him. Oh! Let us go visit Him often.” - St John Bosco

Day 26:

Generous

December 24, 2020

Part of a traditional Christmas Eve normally involves gathering together and creating lasting memories with people you cherish. This year may look and feel different, but we can still fill this day with laughter, love, and light. The below can be a new tradition to add to your festivities for years to come.

Action

Whether or not you are gathered with a few loved ones today, let people in your life know how and why they bring joy to your life. Show them that they are loved by you and more importantly, by a God who has given them the greatest gift for free.

Day 27:

Christmas

December 25, 2020

Celebrate! Christ is born! We’d encourage you to play this video and listen to the message from Pope Francis, recited by our own Fr. John Gribowich.

Action

Celebrate! Christ is born! We’d encourage you to read Luke 1:26-38 and Luke 2:1-14, then spend time offline, in awe and splendor of the beautiful gift of eternal life God has given us.