Rejoice always, pray constantly, give thanks in all circumstances
for this is the will of God in Jesus Christ in you.
1 Thessalonians 5: 16-18
When Mary relayed the news that she would be the mother of Jesus Christ, the Son of God, it understandably caused a fair amount of turmoil in St. Joseph’s life.
What was St. Joseph’s response? He took it to prayer. It as after St. Joseph started praying about what to do that God responded by sending him an angel in a dream.
As the time crunch set in during this Advent season, don’t let busyness replace prayer. Let’s work to imitate St. Joseph, and build prayer into our daily routines. Find prayers that are right for you and your family. Stick with it, and prayer will transform you and your Christmas.
Prayer for Advent
Father in Heaven, our hearts desire the warmth of your love, and our minds are searching for the light of your Word. Increase our longing for Christ our Savior and give us the strength to grow in love, that the dawn of His coming may find us rejoicing in His presence and welcoming the light of His truth. We ask this in the name of
Jesus the Lord.
The Sacramentary (New York: Catholic Book Publishing, 1985)