Audio reflections in English and Spanish: Fr. Clemente Barron, CP, Sierra Madre, California.
Prayer for Joy
Loving God, Christmas is almost here! Help us rejoice with St. Paul the Apostle, who wrote: “Rejoice in the Lord! I shall say it again, rejoice! … The Lord is near. Have no anxiety at all …”. Lord, help us know You are near. Remove anxiety and fear from our hearts, and fill us with the joy that comes from trusting in You. In Jesus’ name, we pray. Amen.
What Can I Do Today?
The third week of Advent is one of Joy. “Joy is the true gift of Christmas…We can communicate this joy simply: with a smile, a kind gesture, a little help, forgiveness.” –Pope Benedict XV