3rd Sunday in Advent

GAUDETE SUNDAY

Guadete means "Rejoice." Anticipated joy over our Savior's coming breaks through all our serious Advent preparation. Although it cannot be entirely repressed, our joy is yet restrained for two reasons: 1. Like John the Baptist, even the most fervent person feels a great unworthiness either to be a friend of Christ or to be His apostle. 2. Very often our joy is dulled by unnecessary anxiety. We let our peace of soul depend too much upon persons and events and circumstances, and too little upon God's infallible and tender care.


INTROIT Philipp. 4:4-6Rejoice in the Lord always; again I say, rejoice! Let your moderation be known to all men. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety; but in every prayer let your petitions be made known to God.


Ps. 84:2. O Lord, You have blessed Your land; You have restored Jacob from captivity.V. Glory be . . .

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Reflection with Mother Teresa

ARE YOU THE ONE?

“Thank God we have been told to follow Christ—not to go ahead of Him. Even in darkness the path is sure.” ~ Mother Teresa

Isaiah 35:1–6a, 10; James 5:7–10; Matthew 11:2–11

John the Baptist had quite a task. He had to precede Jesus; all we have to do is follow. As Christmas draws near, consider how closely you have been following Jesus. If Christ is the center of your life and the basis of every choice, you’ll find yourself agonizing less and rejoicing that the way has been paved before us. ~Day by Day Through Advent With Mother Teresa

Here is your God,
he comes with vindication;
with divine recompense
he comes to save you.
Is 35:4

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Christian joy thus springs from this certainty: God is close,
He is with me, He is with us, in joy and in sorrow, in sickness
and in health, as a friend and faithful spouse.
~ Pope Benedict XVI, Angelus December 16, 2007

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 Come, Lord, give to us your peace. Then with hearts perfected we may joy in your presence.

SPIRITUAL ADVENT RETREAT RESOURCES

  • Advent & Christmas with Pop Benedict – The USCCB is providing a downloadable book of scriptural reflections for Advent and Christmas featuring the words of Pope Benedict XVI from homilies, speeches and other addresses during his papacy. The 37-page document includes a scripture quote and a reflection from the Holy Father for every day of Advent, which begins on Sunday, November 28, 2010, through the 7th Day in the Octave of Christmas, December 31, 2010. "Advent & Christmas with Pope Benedict XVI" is a preview of the upcoming publication "A Year with Pope Benedict XVI," which will be available soon from USCCB.
  • Advent Meditations – Mother Teresa
  • Praying Advent - Creighton University publishes a number of articles and worship aids for Advent on the Online Ministries Web site.
  • Advent Catholic Treasures - St. Anthony Messenger Press - 2010 Advent feature offers reflections to inform, inspire and help Catholics prepare for Christmas.

ADEVENT CALENDAR & RESOURCES

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