WHAT IS ADVENT?

WELCOME TO BEST ADVENT EVER™ REDISCOVER MERCY! ARE YOU READY?

The Dynamic Catholic Team couldn’t be more excited to journey with you this Advent. We are in this together—we are here to help and serve you along the way.

So let's get started.

WHAT IS ADVENT?

Why are we doing this anyway? Well, this time of the year is a time of preparation. We bake cookies, decorate the house, put up the tree and the lights, buy and wrap presents, send Christmas cards, and do countless other preparations. But do we prepare our hearts?

Advent, at its core, is about getting ready to encounter Jesus at Christmas. Your journey to that encounter begins with recognizing that in the end it all comes down to the mercy of God. No one is perfect. You and I, we don’t just want mercy. We need it.

We’ve heard it before: “For God so loved the world that he gave his only begotten Son…” (Jn 3:16). But have you really thought about it? God came for you. And he came because he loves you. Let him love you this Advent. Let him show you his heart. And let him transform yours.

Then, at Christmas, you will be prepared to welcome him in a whole new way.

HOW DO WE PREPARE FOR ADVENT?

As you know, the theme for Best Advent Ever is Rediscover Mercy. We selected this topic because Pope Francis has called for an extraordinary Year of Mercy. Pope Francis is inviting each of us to make mercy a focal point of our spirituality. Best Advent Ever is the perfect way to accept his invitation.

We may think we know that he loves us or that his mercy is boundless, but have we experienced it? Have we been the hands and feet of God, the living embodiment of his mercy to those around us?

I think Pope Francis has called for this Year of Mercy because he wants us to connect on a personal level with God’s mercy. But how do we do it? Fortunately for us, there is genius in Catholicism. The Church has given us the works of mercy, which help us receive God’s mercy and share what we’ve been given with others.

The works of mercy are broken up into two categories: the corporal works of mercy and the spiritual works of mercy.

The corporal works of mercy are concerned with meeting the physical needs of others. They are:

  • feed the hungry
  • give drink to the thirsty
  • clothe the naked
  • harbor the harborless
  • visit the sick
  • ransom the captive
  • bury the dead

The spiritual works of mercy, on the other hand, are designed to meet the spiritual needs of others. They are:

  • instruct the ignorant
  • counsel the doubtful
  • admonish the sinner
  • bear wrongs patiently
  • forgive offenses willingly
  • comfort the afflicted
  • pray for the living and the dead

Much of our time together this Advent will focus on these works of mercy. Through them, you will encounter the mercy of God and learn practical ways to share that mercy with others.

Focus

Jesus is coming at Christmas to see you. Will you prepare your heart for him?

Act

Schedule a time each day to spend preparing for Jesus’ coming with Best Advent Ever. You’ll only need 5-10 minutes each day.

Pray

Lord Jesus Christ, You have taught us to be merciful like the heavenly Father, and have told us that whoever sees you sees Him. Show us your face and we will be saved. (From Pope Francis’ Prayer for the Year of Mercy

QUESTION

How have you seen the power of prayer?


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