Pray, Give Thanks, Help Others

Posted by Franciscan Media on Dec 3, 2017 5:45:00 AM

Pope Francis kisses a figurine of the baby Jesus as he arrives to celebrate Christmas Eve Mass in Peter's Basilica at the Vatican Dec. 24. (CNS photo/Paul Haring)

As we begin the season, we reflect on words from the pope about the joy of Advent and Christmas. Pope Francis sums up the heart of Christian joy in three actions: “Pray, give thanks, help others.” If we take these words to heart and bring them to life in our everyday lives, we, too, will discover the joy of Advent, a joy that we can take with us through the new year.

“The joy of Christmas is a special joy; but it is a joy that isn’t just for the day of Christmas, it is for the entire life of a Christian. It is a serene and tranquil joy, a joy that forever accompanies the Christian. Even in difficult moments, in moments of difficulty, this joy becomes peace.

—from The Joy of Advent: Daily Reflections from Pope Francis
by Diane M. Houdek

The Joy of Advent by Diane M. Houdek

Categories: Pope Francis, Advent, peace