Thursday of the Second Week of Advent

Stir up our hearts, O Lord, to make ready the paths of your Only Begotten Son, that through his coming, we may be found worthy to serve you with minds made pure. Through our Lord Jesus Christ, your Son, who lives and reigns with you in the unity of the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever.

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Lots of preparations have to be for Christmas: presents bought, homes decorated, food cooked, religious service attended, cards sent, and more. One preparation that might be overlooked is the preparation of a special path down which Our Lord wants to travel. This is the path that leads into our hearts. If it has been a long time since you have been to Holy Mass (or even if it has not), particular concern should be shown to prepare oneself for worthy reception of Holy Communion. Contrary to what one might think, the path that leads into one’s heart can become obstructed by many things (these are all the things that make minds impure). Even if the path Our Lord takes to heart is “basically” clear, it is still a good idea to give the path a clean sweep. Two indispensable tools to clearing Our Lord’s path into our hearts are a daily examination of conscience and recourse to Sacrament of Reconciliation. With these preparation made, we will be ready to welcome Jesus into our hearts at Christmas.

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