Sandpiper: Catholic Diocese of Sandhurst

The one who gives this testimony says, “Yes, I am coming soon.” Amen. Come Lord Jesus! - Revelation 2:20 Daily Advent reflections in preparation for Christmas As you reflect on Mary’s journeys to see her kinswoman Elizabeth and then to find shelter in Bethlehem, pray for migrants travelling to find family, hope, and safe haven around the world today 4 DEC “Jesus, Mary, and Joseph themselves were refugees in Egypt . . . the Holy Family has become a figure with whom Christian migrants and refugees throughout the ages can identify, giving them hope and courage in hard times.” 11 DEC Ever wonder where the phrase “O Root of Jesse’s stem” comes from? Research how to make a Jesse tree and dive into Christ’s lineage. 5 DEC On her feast day, pray to Our Lady of Guadalupe, and maybe plan to enjoy some pan de dulce and hot chocolate as a family! 12 DEC On this feast day of St Nicholas, we remember his abundant generosity to the poor. Together, can your family purchase a gift from a giving tree this year for a person or family in need? 6 DEC Today’s Memorial of St Lucy is marked by pageants and festivals in Scandinavia and Italy. Research an Advent custom of your family’s ethnic heritage and try it this year! 13 DEC It’s the first Friday of Advent! Start a Friday family tradition of praying a decade of the Rosary before bedtime. Brush up on rosary prayers here: sandhurst. catholic.org.au/ prayer-spirituality/ the-rosary 7 DEC St John of the Cross, whom we honour today, was known for his deep spirituality and compassion. Reflect today on what more your family can do to prepare spiritually for Christmas in these last 10 days of Advent. 14 DEC On this Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, attend Mass as a family and add the Hail Mary to your pre-meal prayers. 8 DEC .... the disciples asked Jesus, “Why do the scribes say that Elijah must come first?” He said in reply, “Elijah will indeed come and restore all things; but I tell you that Elijah has already come, and they did not recognize him but did to him whatever they pleased. MT 17:9A 15 DEC Begin this journey of Advent by blessing your Advent wreath. Light the first violet candle and sing, “O Come, O Come, Emmanuel.” 2 DEC On this Second Sunday of Advent, light the second violet candle on your Advent wreath and consider donating to a special collection for retired religious today. 9 DEC Las Posadas, a reenactment of Mary and Joseph seeking shelter before the birth of Jesus, traditionally begins today. Pray for migrants seeking shelter around the world today. 16 DEC Try reading or listening to the daily Mass readings together as a family, as part of your preparation for Christmas this year. 3 DEC “The Lord promises refreshment and freedom to all the oppressed of our world, but he needs us to fulfil his promise. He needs our eyes to see the needs of our brothers and sisters.” (Pope Francis, July 6, 2018) 10 DEC “Christ saved men not with thunder and lightning, but as a wailing babe in the manger and as a silent sufferer upon the cross” (St. Jerome, Letters, 82.1). Reflect on the humility of Christ today. 18 DEC “If we say that we have not sinned, we make [God] a liar, and his word is not in us” (1 Jn 1:10). Go to confession as a family this season and enjoy Christmas with a clean hearts and peaceful souls, thanks to God’s mercy 19 DEC Take time today to bless the family Nativity. (Based on your family’s tradition, you may choose to hide the baby Jesus until Christmas morning.) 20 DEC Make this Friday night a family movie night and watch a Christmas classic together. 21 DEC We learn in today’s Gospel that Mary spent three months with her kinswoman Elizabeth before returning home. Thousands of travellers today are travelling to look for a new home. 22 DEC Add this “O Antiphon” to your daily or meal- time prayer today: “O Emmanuel, our King and Giver of Law: come to save us, Lord our God!” 23 DEC Yesterday was Gaudete Sunday when we shifted our reflection from “the Lord is coming” to “the Lord is near.” Rejoice! You are more than half way to Christmas! 17 DEC “Behold, the virgin shall conceive and bear a son, and they shall name him Emmanuel, which means ‘God is with us.’” (Mt 1:23) 24 DEC Sunday Monday Tuesday Wednesday Thursday Friday Saturday

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