Monday, November 24, 2014
This Sunday is the First Sunday of Advent. As is my personal tradition, I like to make Advent resolutions in anticipation of the birth of the little baby Jesus.
So, this Advent I will:
- abstain from frivolous entertainment (or at least cut back on them considerably). This means, less time playing games and watching certain TV programs that I really like.
- not fall into the trap of having to compete with the crowds for finding that special gift. I will also put myself on a budget.
- pray more, talk less.
- make the special feast days that fall within the Advent season, more special, especially the Feast of the Immaculate Conception and Our Lady of Guadalupe's Feast day.
- try to make frugal meals as a small sacrifice for those who do not have enough to eat.
- remember the less fortunate, either by prayer or in some concrete way.
- spend quality time with the family in the evening when we light our Advent candles, read from our Magnificat's Advent Companion.
- make a supreme effort to conquer my faults.
- forgive anyone who has hurt me and reach out to anyone I may have hurt.
- hold off on trimming the tree and putting out the other Christmas decorations until the last week of Advent.
- not open any Christmas card until the last week of Advent.
- spend quality time with Jesus in Adoration.
- smile or greet anyone who looks sad or lonely.
- make it a point to be still and not fall into the frenzy of the worldly Christmas spirit but be more reflective in the spiritual Christmas spirit.
- give a gift to someone who isn't expecting anything and who cannot reciprocate.
- watch spiritually uplifting programs and movies, including childhood favorites like the Little Drummer Boy, A Charlie Brown Christmas, and How the Grinch Stole Christmas so that I can relive the magic of the Christmas anticipation when I was a young girl.
- sing Advent hymns and carols.
- be joyous.