Bobby Angel encourages you to restart your life this Advent. A great way to restart is to go to confession. Many parishes take the opportunity to offer the sacrament more often during Advent. Then, as a follow-up, why not make a change? Where is God calling you to restart? What do you need to stop putting off? What sin do you need to stop making excuses for?
Consider reading the Bible more too. It doesn’t matter what day it is. Just pick it up and read. Consider reading Luke’s narrative of the Nativity.
There are also many traditions you can practice this Advent to create an environment conducive to inviting Jesus into your home and heart. In Bobby’s house, he and Jackie turn screens off earlier and light their home with soft lights, like candles and Christmas lights, in the evening.
Then when Christmas comes, celebrate! Christmas is a season that lasts from Christmas until the Baptism of the Lord, January 12, 2020. So take the time in Advent to rest, prepare, and recharge.
Here’s the quote from St. Anselm, which Bobby shares from Liturgy of the Hours during Advent:
“Insignificant man, escape from your everyday business for a short while. Hide for a moment from your restless thoughts. Break off from your cares and troubles and be less concerned about your tasks and labors. Make a little time for God, and rest a while in him.”
Also, Ascension Presents will soon have a new look, to go along with this theme of refreshing and renewing, so the gospel—which never changes—is made new to us and to different people.
More resources for Advent:
Rejoice: Advent Meditations with Joseph
Rejoice: Advent Meditations with Mary
Meet Jackie and Bobby Angel
Jackie Francois Angel is a full-time worship leader and speaker. Bobby Angel is a campus minister and theology teacher at a Catholic high school. Married in 2013, they have three beautiful children and strive to grow in holiness each day!