“The approach of this Solemnity helps us on the one hand to reflect on the drama of history in which people, injured by sin, are perennially in search of happiness and of a fulfilling sense of life and death; and on the other, it urges us to meditate on the merciful kindness of God who came to man to communicate to him directly the Truth that saves, and to enable him to partake in his friendship and his life.”
(Pope Benedict XVI)
Prepare for Christmas
Despite the challenges that led up to the birth of Jesus, it’s not hard to imagine the hope and anticipation that Our Lady and St Joseph must have felt. The Son of God – the promised and long-awaited Messiah – was coming into the world!
When we are excited about the prospect of something happening, it’s tempting to want to skip to the event itself. However, Advent shows us the great joys that can come from anticipating and preparing for that wonderful event. So rather than skipping Advent and celebrating Christmas early, our joy of Christmas will only be increased by our joyful Advent preparation.
How will Christ find us when He comes at Christmas? Advent gives us the opportunity to prepare for His coming, and to help you make great use of this opportunity, we have highlighted for you on this page our top picks for Advent. These books will help you to prepare for the coming of Jesus, so that when Christmas arrives, you’ll have room for Him in your heart.