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Fr. John Burns offers a video on Watchfulness as a companion to this week's reflections in ADORE, a new Advent journal from Ave Maria Press. 

You have a choice this Advent: Get caught up in the annual rush of shopping, decorating, and parties or slow down and take a few minutes each day to remember who this season is really about — Jesus.

In Adore, popular author and speaker Fr. John Burns and illustrator Valerie Delgado of Pax.Valerie will help you reclaim the sacred sense of longing and joyful hope at the heart of Advent, focusing on a new theme each week — vigilance, preparation, nearness, and Emmanuel — that you can relate to your own life.


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Today, Fr. John Burns discusses the clear message of vigilant watchfulness found in this week's Gospel. Christ exhorts us to watch, be vigilant, and stay awake. Christ preached these themes because of the danger of their opposites: distraction, carelessness, and spiritual drowsiness.

As our journey toward Christmas takes form today, we set before our hearts that toward which we press: adoration of the King of the universe.



Download and print the free ADORE companion coloring pages.


Adore: A Guided Advent Journal for Prayer and Meditation is available from Ave Maria Press, your local Catholic bookstore, and on all major digital platforms.



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