- 2 Book Set
- Meditations for Advent
- Daily Meditations for Keeping Christ in Christmas
- Meditations Before Mass
- Overcoming distractions and restlessness during Mass
Meditations for Advent:
Keep Christ in Christmas this year by turning to this slim volume of daily Advent meditations by Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet, one of the greatest homilists in the history of the Church. Carefully selected to lift your soul to God in those hectic days that stretch from Thanksgiving to Christmas, these forty daily meditations will keep you mindful of the real meaning of Christmas while affording you an admirable distillation of the doctrines and piety of our Holy Catholic Church.
With the help of Bishop Bossuet — and the sense of God’s grandeur and love that permeates his every word — all through the rush toward Christmas you’ll stay mindful of the holy words of Isaiah foretelling the birth of our savior; you’ll find yourself marveling at the Annunciation and the Visitation; you’ll rejoice in anticipation of the coming birth of Jesus; and, finally, you’ll look forward to kneeling with St. Joseph and the Blessed Virgin in silent adoration of the incarnate Son of God.
This year, you won’t (as so often happens) arrive at Midnight Mass distracted, exhausted, and frazzled, having neglected your Advent devotions and your ordinary prayers, too. Instead, you’ll find yourself stepping lightly into church, ready and eager to adore the newborn King, your soul what it should be: a fit dwelling place for the Redeemer.
Meditations Before Mass:
Over fifty years ago, Msgr. Romano Guardini resolved to help his parishioners overcome the distractions and restlessness they suffered at Mass. Just before Mass each Sunday, he gave a brief talk on some aspect of the Mass, teaching them week by week, topic by topic, how to pre-pare themselves to participate more prayerfully. Afterward, he provided a few minutes of silence for reflection, and then began to offer Mass. So helpful were these 32 talks that they were soon published and have since been reprinted countless times in numerous countries and languages, helping generations of Catholics to deepen their devotion during Mass. Practical, straightforward, and full of wisdom, these talks will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow receptive to God's grace during Mass. In these pages, you'll discover: " The three principal hindrances to full participation in the Mass- to which all of us are prone " The real meaning of "keeping holy" the Sabbath. Its special importance for the family "One tendency we must overcome when listening to Scripture readings " How to gain control over your wandering attention " The one indispensable element of a deep liturgical life " What to do when the Mass becomes boring and "routine" " How to achieve a genuine - not superficial - stillness " The importance of listening. Inner barriers that prevent it " Why it's good to arrive early at Mass whenever possible " The true significance of kneeling and standing in church " And dozens of other practical ways to enrich your worship Although he was an eminent theologian, Msgr. Guardini wrote for ordinary Catholics who are struggling to become closer to Christ. Practical, straightforward, yet full of wisdom, Meditations Before Mass will help you to quiet your soul, concentrate your mind, and grow more receptive to grace.
Dimensions & Specifications
Meditations for Advent
- Author: Bishop Jacques-Bénigne Bossuet
- Translator: Christopher O. Blum
- 192 Pages
- ISBN: 9781933184876
Meditations Before Mass
- Author: Romano Guardini
- 208 Pages
- ISBN: 9781622821662