Throughout the Season of Advent, the Church invites us to prepare ourselves to celebrate the birth of Jesus. The month of December overflows with preparations: cards, gifts, decorations, plans to meet up with family and friends. It’s very easy and tempting to do all of that while neglecting to prepare our hearts. We are offering you a chance to take a few moments each day to stop, to breathe, to remember, to pray and to thank God for the blessings of the season. The following reflection, based on the Mass readings of the day, comes to you with our prayer that this Advent will be your best one yet!