December 3, 2015
Letter to the Bishop Chatard High School (Indianapolis) parent community:
I had several requests to repeat this beginning-of-Advent message from last year…so here it is!
Last Sunday marked the beginning of the Advent season. This time of preparation offers us time to reflect on how we live our lives, and calls us to focus on our faith.
Here are some Advent suggestions for you and your family:
- Prioritize your prayers. When you pray, begin with prayers of gratitude, then pray for others, and finally, for your own needs.
- Make an effort to include a variety of prayer experiences in your week: Mass, Adoration, praying the Rosary, morning and evening prayer, and moments of silent reflection.
- Devote 2-3 hours each week in service to others.
- Hang an “Intentions Board” in the entryway of your house. Your family, and all who enter your house, can write down any special intentions they may have; you can then include those intentions in your daily prayers.
- Take advantage of Reconciliation services offered at your parish.
- Reconcile with anyone with whom you have an unresolved conflict. Ask for or offer forgiveness. Advent is a great time to reach out and make amends.
- Do something special for your neighbors – bake them a plate of cookies, rake their leaves, or invite them over for dessert.
- Send a Christmas card and a care package to someone in the military.
- Clean out your drawers and closets and donate items you do not need.
- Sponsor a family for Christmas.
- Choose a book of the Bible to study as a family, or learn more about the lives of some of the saints.
- Perform random acts of kindness.
- Visit a children’s hospital or a retirement home and spend some time talking to people.
- Canned goods are always on sale this time of year. Consider buying a case to donate to a local food pantry.
- Write a note to a different person each day. Let people know that you are praying for them, or let them know how they have impacted your life in a positive way.
- Drop your change in the Salvation Army bucket.
- Look for ways to brighten someone else’s day.
- Finally, my wife Carol suggest that you offer to give your spouse a back rub every day 🙂
We prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ by simplifying our lives, and re-directing our attention toward glorifying Him.
Have a blessed Advent season!