Prepare Your Heart for Advent
As the Advent season approaches, it beckons us to embark on a journey of spiritual preparation and renewal. This year, encountering the Love of the Sacred Heart, is an invitation to delve deeper into the embrace of divine love as we anticipate the birth of Christ. Each day of Advent, you are invited to live in the love of Christ and share it with others.
Five Actions to have a Christ-centered Advent:
- A Reign of Peace and Joy
“Fear nothing and trust in Me, I am thy Protector and thy Surety Within thy soul I have established My reign of peace which no one shall disturb, and in thy heart My reign of love which will fill thee with joy; of this joy no one shall deprive thee.”
– St. Margaret Mary II, 192.
These words echo with a promise of trust, peace, and unbounded joy found in embracing the Love of the Sacred Heart. They set the tone for our journey together as we prepare our hearts for the advent of Christ. St. Margaret reminds us that nothing should destroy our peace and joy.
2. Ditch the Anxiety and Worry instead; embrace the joy and peace of Christ!
“Rejoice in the Lord always. I shall say it again: rejoice! Your kindness should be known to all. The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all, but in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, make your requests known to God. Then the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-8
These verses remind us of the essence of joy, kindness, and peace found in our connection with God. They serve as a guide as we navigate our daily lives, seeking to radiate the love and peace inherent in the Sacred Heart.
May we lift up our minds to what is good and holy and allow the Lord to remove our anxiety and sinful ways.
3. The Power of our Words to others
“The Lord GOD has given me a well-trained tongue, that I might know how to answer the weary a word that will waken them. Morning after morning he wakens my ear to hear as disciples do.” – Isaiah 50:4-7
The Scripture encourages us to have a well-trained tongue that uplifts and comforts others. This prompts us to reflect on the impact of our words, inspiring us to use language that brings solace and hope to those around us. Who can we encourage today? How can we help others this Advent to encounter the love of Christ through our example?
We’re reminded of our calling to listen attentively and respond with compassion, offering words of comfort and hope to those who need it most.
4. Time for a Heart Transformation: Embrace God’s Love
“I will give you a new heart, and a new spirit I will put within you. I will remove the heart of stone from your flesh and give you a heart of flesh.” – Ezekiel 36:26
God’s promise of a transformed heart invites us to open ourselves to divine love, allowing it to soften the hardness within us, nurturing a spirit of renewal and openness.
5. Repentance and Renewal: Preparing for His Coming
“Repent, for the kingdom of heaven is at hand.” – Matthew 3:2
The call to repentance urges us to reflect on our lives, identify areas that need transformation, and embrace the journey of renewal as we prepare to welcome the birth of Christ. Do not allow sin to dwell in the corners and shadows of our life. Repent, go to confession and start again, renewed and inspired to encounter Jesus’ love.
Journeying Towards Encounter
As we step into this Advent season, let us carry with us the messages of joy, kindness, compassion, and transformation. May our hearts be open to encounter the Love of the Sacred Heart, guiding us through this period of anticipation and celebration.
This year, let us prepare our hearts not just for festivity, but for a profound encounter with the Love that transforms and uplifts our lives. If you have not enthroned the Sacred Heart in your home, we encourage you to take the next step and welcome Jesus in a new way! If you have already, renew this devotion and share it with others who need hope, healing, and grace. Jesus wants to free us from what holds us back from His love and pour His love into our souls.
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