December 20

Thursday of the Third Week of Advent


As Christmas draws nearer, you may be noticing more people in Church than you usually see. How do you welcome back home those who have been away from the Church?


"It is truly a subject of joy that we can see the sings of victory against death, even our own incorruptibility, through the body of the Lord." --St. Athanasius the Great, Letters, 11.14


Add this "O Antiphon" to your daily or meal-timeprayer today: "O Key of David, opening the gates of God's eternal Kingdom: come and free the prisoners of darkness." (Catholic Household Blessings and Prayers, Revised Edition, 76)


Take time to journal about the following questions: What has the journey of Advent meant to you this year? How will you carry spiritual growth this season into the rest of the liturgical year?