Christmas is near, and the final week of Advent invites Christians not only to get ready for the Nativity of the Lord, but to listen to John the Baptist’s cry to prepare the way of the Lord in our hearts now, and for the end of time. See this package of articles and a video from our partner Catholic News Service.

Christ’s coming in history, mystery and majesty
As Advent draws to a close we are invited to focus more on the preparation of our hearts to receive Christ when he comes again in glory. He frees us from anxiety to welcome him with open arms.

Making John the Baptist’s acquaintance in Advent
John’s advice that “whoever has two cloaks should share with the person who has none” anticipates Jesus’ words, “for I was hungry and you gave me food.” John’s presence during Advent underscores the importance of Christ’s second coming.

Watch a video on the art of Advent: