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Nov 23, 2021

3 Simple Advent Essentials

Dr. Edward Sri

It can be easy for us to rush into the joy and excitement of Christmas without truly living the Advent season. Dr. Sri offers us three simple and essential ways to prayerfully enter into the season of Advent.

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Advent is the season when we patiently wait for the Lord and prayerfully meditate on the great gift of his birth.


3 Simple Advent Essentials

1. Penance

Advent is a penitential season, it’s an opportunity to make space for the great gift of Christ by fasting and making small sacrifices. When we make sacrifices with love, we also learn to be detached from the things of this world so we can be more united to Christ.

2. Devotions

Spend more time with Jesus in prayer, in Scripture, and  in the sacraments. Advent offer us a unique time to deepen our relationship with our Savior and enkindle the love in our hearts for him. Strive to go the extra mile in your relationship with Jesus. Stop by the adoration chapel, attend daily mass, spend more time with Scripture, do a decade of a Rosary before a meal, read a spiritual book, or simply be more intentional about meeting Jesus in the present moment.

3. Get to Confession

Make sure you get to confession this advent. Through confession, we are freed of the sins and shame that weigh us down so we can peacefully and joyfully welcome Jesus into our lives. 

The Advent of Christ: Scripture Reflections to Prepare for Christmas

This Advent, put yourself in that ancient Jewish world. Containing an entry for each day of Advent and continuing through the Christmas season, Dr. Sri will help you to discover spiritual treasures in the Gospels and gain a new understanding of the coming of Christ.


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Meet Your Host: Dr. Edward Sri

Dr. Sri is a theologian and the author of several best-selling books. He holds a doctorate from the Pontifical University of St. Thomas Aquinas in Rome. A founding leader of the Fellowship of Catholic University Students (FOCUS), Dr. Sri currently serves as its vice president of formation. He appears regularly on EWTN and resides in Colorado with his wife, Elizabeth, and their eight children.

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