Catholic Harbor of Faith and Morals has an excellent variation on the traditional Advent calendar entitled “31 Meditations for Advent and Christmas.” Peruse the 14th Day: Advantages of the King’s Service today. You’ll find yourself well refueled to prepare for Our Lord’s arrival.

Here in the Northern Hemisphere, the cold of winter has gained a firm foothold. Alan Scott’s Seven Steps to Surviving Winter at Grow in Virtue is a good read for those who suffer winter doldrums, offering practical advice and encouragement.

Lastly, whether your own spiritual preparations for Christmas are lacking, or you’re looking for an excellent Christmas gift, consider the review Meditations for Advent by Bishop Jacques-Benigne Bossuet at A Catholic Life. “Don't waste another Advent! Let ‘Meditations for Advent’ keep you prayerful amidst the worst distractions of the holiday season. Let it draw you daily closer to Jesus, whose birth the season celebrates, and whose birth your soul yearns to celebrate, too.”

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