My practice for the first week of Advent

I will reflect on…

 “As it was in Noah’s day, so will it be when the Son of man comes. For in those days before the Flood people were eating, drinking, taking wives, taking husbands, right up to the day Noah went into the ark, and they suspected nothing till the Flood came and swept them all away. This is what it will be like when the Son of man comes.” (Mt 24: 37-39)

And excerpt from the Diary of Saint Faustina:

“One day, I saw two roads. One was broad, covered with sand and flowers, full of joy, music and all sorts of pleasures. People walked along it, dancing and enjoying themselves. They reached the end without realizing it. And at the end of the road there was a horrible precipice; that is, the abyss of hell. The souls fell blindly into it; as they walked, so they fell.” (Diary, 153)

Every day until next Sunday, I pray I will be able to and I try to:

 • Pause during my daily activities and remind myself of the purpose of my life.  Give thanks to God for calling me to eternal life in Heaven.

 • Take care to recognize Jesus when He comes to me hidden in various people, in different events of the day as well as in His word and sacraments.

 • At the end of the day I will mediate on: How and when did Jesus come to me today?  Did I recognize Him? Did I realize that He was the One I had been waiting for?  Did I engage with Him with my heart or did I pass on Him with indifference?