The holy seasons of Advent and Christmas are a time to reflect on God's infinite love for us all and how through the birth of his son, Jesus Christ, Christianity was born. Advent and Christmas Wisdom from each of these spiritual authors/saints, guides readers on their spiritual journey to be closer to God and understand how to live the life of a Christian.
In each edition of Advent and Christmas Wisdom, each day's reflection includes a selection from some of their finest works, a suitable Scripture verse, an appropriate prayer, and an exercise. Each book is truly a refreshing, prayerful preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas.
G.K.Chesterton - As one of the few relatively recent Christian writers who are admired and quoted by Christians at all ends of the spectrum, G.K Chesterton was known as a remarkable and diverse but extremely influential English writer. His inexhaustible and wide ranging portfolio of works includes journalistic writing, poetry, biography, Christian, fantasy and detective genres.
G.K. Chesterton is sometimes referred to as the most unjustly neglected writer of our time. One reason might be his versatility and the inability for modern thinkers, theologians, and commentators to pigeonhole him. We challenge you to enjoy his remarkable style, eloquence, and faith-based writing at this joyous time of the year. Softcover, 114 pages.
Henri J.M.Nouwen - Henri J.M.Nouwen is one of the most beloved and well-read spiritual authors of our time. His works are popular among Christians of all denominations. Through the quotes, Nouwen shares with the reader his own journey of waiting while seeking the Lord. Softcover, 88 pages.
Padre Pio - Saint Pio of Pietrelcina knew with complete certainty that at all times his place was beside Jesus, whether it be Jesus the suffering servant or Jesus the innocent babe. Providing some pre-Advent counsel, he wrote, "One thing only is necessary, to be close to Jesus…." This was his lifelong quest, and his premier advice to all of his spiritual children. Saint Pio's continuing message to us is that only one thing counts: that we find a way to be with Jesus. This Advent, let us join Padre Pio as he hastens to the God-Child, heeding the angels and following the star, to experience God's nearness, where anything and everything are possible. Softcover, 104 pages.
Pope John Paul II - Pope John Paul II continues to be remembered and loved for his closeness to all people around the world. In this book, selections from talks and statements of the late Holy Father lead readers to the holy season of Christmas - the mystery of Christ's Incarnation - as the reader prepares room in their heart for his birth. During this special season, readers experience the joy of praying with the words of Pope John II. Softcover, 100 pages.
St. Francis of Assisi - Each day's selection offers a new insight from one of the most beloved saints, St. Francis of Assisi. St. Francis serves as an appropriate model of virtue during the time of year when it is easy to become caught up in the materialized aspects of the holiday. Through his words, we are reminded of the simplicity in poverty, the reverence of God's word, of showing gratitude, and practicing forgiveness.
Christians looking for a way to energize their holiday practices will cherish this guide to refocusing on the true "reason for the season," the birth of Christ. Softcover, 110 pages.
St. Thérèse of Lisieux - Even though she is a Doctor of the Church, St. Thérèse of Lisieux is more well-known for being the “little flower” of Jesus. Through her “little way,” she has inspired many Catholics to love God simply, devoutly, and with great love. St. Thérèse believed that no act of faith is too small for God. Loving God in this way wasn’t always easy for St. Thérèse, but even through her suffering and death at age twenty-four she tried to love God with all her heart. The author uses passages from Story of a Soul to inspire us to embrace our own smallness this Advent and Christmas and see past the glamour and hype of a material Christmas to the small miracle that comes on December 25. Softcover, 139 pages.
St. Thomas Aquinas - With daily selections from St. Thomas of Aquinas of meditation and prayer, this book is a wonderful way to examine your faith and feelings during Advent and Christmas. The words of this revered saint help focus the reader's reflections on the wonder of creation. These daily Scripture readings and meditations offer a better understanding of St. Thomas' passionate beliefs on the importance of our relationship with God. Through the din of advertisements and gift-buying at Christmas time, we are reminded of his thoughts on virtue and the importance of charity and how it is the essence of our Christian life. Use these reflections and meditations of St. Thomas Aquinas to slow down and remember that because of God' infinite love for us all, Jesus was born--and through him, salvation is ours. Softcover, 115 pages.