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Third Week of Advent

The Child Jesus

“The human heart is always filled with some kind of wonder. It is one of the first signs of the growing awareness of a small child. Who has not smiled to see a little infant discovering that he has feet, he has hands! He is full of wonder! Then, as he grows he becomes more and more full of wonder at the things he can do. Wonder is so radical to the human heart.”

 Mother Mary Francis, PCC,
Come, Lord Jesus: Meditations on the Art of Waiting


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Video Reflection

In week three of Behold, Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLT, talks about childhood and the child Jesus. She invites you to explore your childhood. What were some of the most joyful times in your life? What experiences led to sorrowful memories? Allow these memories to come to the surface and let the Lord speak the truth to who you are as a child made in God’s goodness and likeness.

Podcast Episode

The Child Jesus with Michelle Benzinger

December 11, 2022 | 31 min.

Michelle Benzinger, cohost of the Abiding Together podcast, explores how childlike wonder is a source of joy and healing during Advent. Michelle says that as we contemplate the infant Jesus, we are brought into the beauty and simplicity of the incarnation. She also shares her own family's growing sense of delight in God's creation and in one another.

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More Advent Podcast Listening

Liturgical Living for Advent with Haley StewartSt. Joseph as Protector with Fr. Josh JohnsonMary as Healer with Sr. Miriam James Heidland, SOLTPreparation with Heather Khym