ADVENT (2): WHAT’S THE BEST WAY TO PREPARE FOR CHRISTMAS?
In a talk I gave years ago to Grade 1 (7 yr-old) girls, I asked them what they were doing to prepare for the Coming of the Child Jesus.
- A blonde, chubby girl answered: “I’m preparing the Nativity Scene in our house”…
- Another girl with pony tails said: “I helped Dad and Mom decorate the Christmas tree.”
- An adorable girl with a red headband replied: “Portándome bien y siendo buena” (By behaving myself well and being a good girl). – “Very good!,” I exclaimed.
The best answer, however, came from a girl with curly hair who said: “PREPARANDO MI CORAZÓN PARA QUE JESÚS ESTÉ CONTENTO” (BY PREPARING MY HEART, SO THAT JESUS MAY BE HAPPY)…..[yesss!!!]… Out of the mouth of the babes…
I remember an anecdote which involved the now St. John Paull II. It was in the Advent Season of 1980 when Pope John Paul II met with thousands of children from different parishes of Rome. He began his catechesis by asking:
let us not be afraid “to clean the house inside out” by opening our soul to his grace asking forgiveness for our sins in the sacrament of Confession if we are not in the state of grace or if we haven’t gone for a long time
is worth all the effort for
it is only when our soul is in the state of grace shall Jesus have “a place in our inn
(Matthew 2:7)” and shall we will recover the profound happiness of being once more friends of God. Besides, it is the BEST GIFT we could give to Baby Jesus and to ourself as well!
SEE AS WELL:
HOW TO CONFESS? HERE ARE THE EASY STEPS together with the examination of conscience guide for all ages in http://catholicsstrivingforholiness.org/how-to-confess-here-are-the-easy-steps-confession-chart-and-examination-of-conscience-guides/
POPE CALLS TO CONGRATULATE PRIEST WHO WROTE POEM, “WILL THERE BE CHRISTMAS?” in http://catholicsstrivingforholiness.org/will-there-be-christmas-during-this-covid-19-pandemic-pope-calls-priest-who-composed-the-poem/
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