Fr. John Burns offers a video on Preparation 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.
Today, Fr. John Burns discusses the tension between our need to prepare to welcome Christ and our concurrent eagerness to run forth when we finally catch sight of Him. John the Baptist stands in the wilderness within this very tension. His cry, "Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand" (Matthew 3:2) identifies the fundamental change that must occur within to prepare the heart and bestow the interior agility of one who keeps watch, ready to run toward Christ.
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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