Make Advent 2020 Your Best!

Clergy Corner by Fr. Cellars

Jesus said to his disciples: “Be watchful! Be alert!" This should be our personal motto or theme for Advent 2020! We have finally made it, you know… the new liturgical season is upon us. We begin this New Year with Advent, a penitential season where we prepare our hearts and minds for the coming of our Savior. 

How are we going to prepare this year? I know some people may say they have done enough sacrifices and suffered enough throughout this year… My friends, there is always more!

I believe this season presents us with a unique opportunity. Like this season’s penitential sister, Lent, we are called to offer acts of added prayer, fasting and almsgiving. With that said, I would like to offer you “Fr. Cellars’ Advent 2020 Challenge.” Here’s how it works: You must do the following EVERY day. 

Prayer: Commit to praying an extra 20 minutes per day. This could include a daily Rosary or Divine Mercy Chaplet. Going to daily Mass counts.

Fast: Avoid fast food. Yes, I said that! Instead of spending money on prepared food, spend time with your family preparing a real meal. Practice intermittent fasting, not only is it trendy, it is a good way to offer little sacrifices.

Give: Remember all that money you just saved by not going to the burger place? Put that money to better use. They say this is the season of giving … well we need to give and give more. Increase your offertory to the parish for the month (we are in the red). Give more to your favorite charity. Surprise someone with what we in the Low Country call a “Sursee.”

Make Advent 2020 your best!

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