Found What I Was Missing

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary

This Advent season started with being unsure if I was up for it this year. I wasn’t “in the spirit.” I didn’t feel like it was here.

Whether or not I was ready, the season came anyway. So we started our Advent traditions. Lighting the first candle of our wreath on the first Sunday and have continued at every evening meal since {forgetting to blow it out a few times so now it’s only an inch tall with two and a half weeks left to burn it}. My daughter opens the door on the Advent calendar to reveal the image of the day {no chocolates or treats}. We decorated our symbol of everlasting life and the light of Christ {also known as the Christmas tree and lights}. We placed the angel on top of the tree {not a Santa hat or bow or any other tacky holiday decoration that has nothing to do with Christ}.

But still I sat on the couch the first Sunday of Advent not ready for it. I just couldn’t shake the slump. It didn’t help that I was still having trouble with my conversion of heart and hadn’t been to confession yet. But there was just something else that I needed. God only knows what that could be, right? Right.

While driving to work the next day, I decided to attend the morning Mass at Cathedral of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. I had been contemplating it for quite a while, but how would I get my daughter to school and attend Mass and put in my hours at work? All of a sudden, none of it mattered.

Christian Prayer

The morning started with Morning Prayer and then Mass commenced. I had never participated in Morning Prayer before. That’s what I needed. That’s what I was missing.

This Advent season I made the commitment to attend morning Mass every day {except last week I didn’t think about Saturday morning Mass, so beginning tomorrow I will be attending Mass on Saturday mornings as well} and participate in Morning Prayer.

Advent is saved.  I finally found what I needed in Morning Prayer and Mass.  So guess what’s on my Christmas list? *Hint*–>

May your Advent season be filled with hope, love, joy, and peace. May the Lord bless you and keep you.  And may the Holy Spirit be with you always.

God bless and merry Christmas!

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