10. Be joyful.
“Serve the Lord with gladness; come before him with joyful song. Know that the Lord is God, He made us, we belong to Him, we are His people, the flock He shepherds. Enter His gates with thanksgiving, His courts with praise. Give thanks to Him, bless His name; good indeed is the Lord, His mercy endures forever, His faithfulness lasts through every generation.” Psalm 100:1-5.
Recommended MP3: The Joys of Stewardship with Fr. John Lanzrath
9. Go to Confession.
While Advent is a time of preparing to celebrate Christ’s birth, it is also a time of preparation for the Second Coming of Christ. Going to confession provides us the opportunity to do an examination of conscience, confess our sins and receive absolution. Only in this way can we truly be prepared for the Second Coming.
- The Healing Power of Confession by Dr. Scott Hahn (available as a book or MP3)
- Confession It’s Fruitful Practice by Benedictine Sisters of Perpetual Adoration (includes an examination of conscience).
8. Choose a book to read throughout Advent to help you on your spiritual journey.
(hint: browse Catholic Chapter House :))
7. Reflect on the year of 2012.
Thank God for His many blessings. Consider how you want to improve in 2013 to become a better child of God and follower of Christ.
6. Set up an Advent wreath and follow an Advent calendar.
Here is an example from the USCCB.
5. Support companies and organizations that use the word “Christmas”.
- From a favourite food.
- From a meal each day or on a particular day.
- From a particular time-wasting activity (replace with prayer).
2. Do good works.
- Volunteer at a local shelter.
- Visit the sick and elderly.
- Pray in front of an abortuary.
1. Increase your prayer life.
Hopefully the increase will continue after Advent, too. Examples:
- Attend weekday mass.
- Weekly/daily rosary.
- Read the Bible often.
- Pray upon waking and before bed as well as throughout your day.