FR. GARY C. CASTER is a priest of the Diocese of Peoria, Illinois, ordained in 1992, who has worked as a high school chaplain and religion teacher and director of Campus Ministries at Bradley University, Eureka College, Illinois State University, and Illinois Wesleyan University. He worked with the Office of Family Life to develop a program of marriage preparation, and taught Church history and ecclesiology to men in formation for the permanent diaconate. Fr. Caster has written and produced shows for EWTN. Presently he is the Catholic chaplain at Williams College in Massachusetts and continues to lead retreats and parish missions. He has contributed articles to various publications including Magnificat, Praying with St. Paul, and the soon-to-be-released, Praying with St. Luke. He also wrote Mary, In Her Own Words: The Mother of God in Scripture and The Little Way of Lent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Thérèse of Lisieux.
The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieuxby Gary Caster
The Little Way of Advent follows a format similar to The Little Way of Lent. Following the Advent and Christmas season daily Scripture readings, Fr. Caster provides an inspirational reflection for each day and a quote from St. Thérèse that helps to shed light on the reflection. Because the book is not dated, it can be used in any year. The/i>/i>… See more details below
The Little Way of Advent follows a format similar to The Little Way of Lent. Following the Advent and Christmas season daily Scripture readings, Fr. Caster provides an inspirational reflection for each day and a quote from St. Thérèse that helps to shed light on the reflection. Because the book is not dated, it can be used in any year. The author provides a reflection for each Sunday in the A, B, and C cycle, one for every weekday in Advent and, as an additional feature, one for every day in the Christmas season. The Little Way of Advent focuses on St. Thérèse’s Little Way, as well as her deep insights into the Child Jesus and the Holy Face. Fr. Caster shows the connection between the innocent child and the crucified Savior, thus providing for a rich Advent experience.
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Fr. Gary Caster opens The Little Way of Advent with the story of a memorable Christmas in which his parents gave their grown children trunks full of items saved from their childhood, adolescence, and young adulthood. He connects that experience with Advent when the Church opens Scripture like a trunk filled with articles from her past. In Advent, he writes, the readings present early signs from God to encourage us as we wait for him to come back as a vulnerable child. This book of meditations, like his earlier Little Way of Lent, links the “Little Way” of St. Thérèse to the season and present-day life. The format includes readings for each Sunday of Advent in Cycle A, B, and C and each weekday in Advent and the Christmas season. A sampling of Caster’s insights on Advent scripture, the season itself, and the little way follows. The Scriptures encourage us to endure as we await the coming of the Lord and help us determine what kind of persons we ought to be as we look forward to the hereafter. The season of Advent reminds us why Jesus came into the world: to renew the human heart to bring forth kindness and truth, justice and peace. Advent emphasizes God’s love and care and his desire to redeem us so that we can return to him for eternity. We are called to make known God’s might, not through violence but by faithfulness and with gratitude. St. Thérèse knew that even the most insignificant aspects of her life could further God’s kingdom. She also knew that the world could seem like a cultural and spiritual wilderness but that the Lord is always close to those who feel frightened or feeble.