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How Do We Prepare Well for the Coming of the Lord

by Fr Corapi

By Receiving The Eucharist In A State Of Grace And By Praying Daily In Preparation For Receiving The Sacraments.

Advent is upon us again. This year it would be good for us to live out the meaning of the season, which is 'preparation,' preparation for the coming of the Lord. In the liturgical season of Advent we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child at Christmas. We should use this as a warm up for 'preparing' to receive God in our soul constantly. The soul in a state of grace is the dwelling place of the most holy Trinity.

Receiving Jesus in the Eucharist is a miracle of grace that we can never prepare too well for. This is a work of the Holy Spirit, the Sanctifier, the One who makes us holy. To start with, we live the basic moral precept: Do good, avoid evil. Acts of virtue; caring for the poor, the hungry, the homeless, etc… help to dispose the soul as a dwelling place for God. Receiving the sacraments regularly help us to grow in grace.

Pray every day as preparation for reception of the sacraments. If we do these things we are living Advent every day, constantly preparing for the coming of God in our soul. Then one day when we meet Him face to face, He’ll smile at us and say, "Well done my good and faithful servant, now at last enter into the joy of your Master’s house."

See Also:

Advent Season - a Season of Preparation
 "Advent" is simply the Latin word for "coming." We can think about two comings or visits. The first is the arrival of the Christmas Season and the arrival of baby Jesus on Christmas Day. It celebrates the incarnation of God, the chosen messiah.

About - The Christmas Season
Here are a few interesting things to know about Christmas.

Advent Season by Pope Benedict XVI
In Advent, Christians relive a dual impulse of the spirit: on the one hand, they raise their eyes towards the final destination of their pilgrimage through history, which is the glorious return of the Lord Jesus; on the other, remembering with emotion his birth in Bethlehem, they kneel before the Crib.

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