“God is Inviting You on Pilgrimage” | First Week of Advent (Year A) (feat. Fr. Mark Toups)

In this new Rejoice Program, Fr. Mark Toups invites us to encounter John the Baptist and his profound love of God in a special way.

John the Baptist exemplifies three things that allow us to enter fully into the Advent season and the Christian life: being present to the present moment, surrendering our expectations to God, and giving the Lord permission to do what he wants to do in your life.

Fr. Mark Toups prays with sacred artwork, “John the Baptist Bearing Witness” by Annibale Carracci, to draw us more deeply into contemplation.

Find out more at www.RejoiceProgram.com.

Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, Year A is a prayer resource that offers daily reflections on the Sunday mass readings that will help you enter more deeply into the season of Advent.

Together with the weekly videos, this journal will help you to grow in your understanding and appreciation for the incredible gift of Christ’s Incarnation. As you slow down and meditate on the readings each week, you’ll find your experience of Advent transformed. By contemplating the coming of the Prince of Peace at Christmas, you’ll find your own heart filled by his peace and joy.

Experience a More Meaningful Advent Than Ever Before

This year’s Advent pilgrimage (for the busy Catholic) will bear fruit in your life as Jesus comes to live more fully in your heart, and you experience greater joy and peace throughout the Advent season and beyond.

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Meet Fr. Mark Toups

Fr. Mark Toups, a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, is known for his joyful, encouraging spiritual advice as he helps Catholics develop habits of daily prayer, particularly through meditation upon the Scriptures and through celebration of the holy seasons of Advent and Lent.

Fr. Toups is the author of Oremus: A Catholic Guide to Prayer, the Rejoice! Advent Meditations series, and the Lenten Companion series from Ascension.