The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

The Little Way of Advent: Meditations in the Spirit of St. Therese of Lisieux

by Gary Caster


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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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781616361693
Publisher: Franciscan Media
Publication date: 07/12/2012
Pages: 145
Sales rank: 596,038
Product dimensions: 5.10(w) x 7.90(h) x 0.50(d)

About the Author

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.

Table of Contents

Introduction ix

Week One

Sunday, Cycle A, Expect Everything 1

Sunday, Cycle B, Standing Before Reality 3

Sunday, Cycle C, Living in the Present 5

December 8, The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception: God's Yes 7

Monday, Refuse and Cover 9

Tuesday, God Notices Us 11

Wednesday, Healing is Not Enough 13

Thursday, Letting the Lord Lift Us 15

Friday, The End of Tyranny 17

Saturday, Giving Without Charge 19

Week Two

Sunday, Cycle A, It's Not Our Clothing 21

Sunday, Cycle B, Patience and Peace 23

Sunday, Cycle C, Taking a Stand 25

December 12, The Feast of Our Lady of Guadalupe: The Great Sign 27

Monday, Which is Easier? 29

Tuesday, What Shall I Cry Out? 31

Wednesday, Resting From Sin 33

Thursday, The Least is the Greatest 35

Friday, Prosperity Through Obedience 37

Saturday, The Fire of Love 39

Week Three

Sunday, Cycle A, Waiting in Patience 41

Sunday, Cycle B, The Joy of Our Souls 43

Sunday, Cycle C, The Cause of Our Joy 45

Monday, We, Too, Can Raise Our Eyes 47

Tuesday, The Work of the Vineyard 49

Wednesday, The One We Look For 51

Thursday, Accepting God's Plan 53

Friday, Testifying to the Truth 55

Week Four

Sunday, Cycle A, God's Time 57

Sunday, Cycle B, Troubled by God 59

Sunday, Cycle C, The Joy of God's Presence 61

December 17, More Than the Family 63

December 18, Having Our Own Place 65

December 19, Stirred by the Lord's Spirit 67

December 20, God Provides the Sign 69

December 21, Arise and Come! 71

December 22, Being Raised Up 73

December 23, God has Prepared Us 75

December 24, Rest From Our Enemies 77

The Christmas Season 79

Vigil Mass for Christmas, God is With Us! 81

Christmas Mass at Midnight, The Zeal of the Lord 83

Christmas Mass at Dawn, God's Kind and Generous Love 85

Christmas Mass During the Day, "In the Beginning" 87

December 26, The Feast of St. Stephen, Looking to Christ 89

December 27, The Feast of St. John the Evangelist, Christmas is Not a Memory 91

December 28, The Feast of the Holy Innocents, Mistaken for Christ 93

December 29, Fifth Day in the Octave of Christmas, Walking With Christ 95

December 30, Sixth Day in the Octave of Christmas, Christ Changes, the World 97

December 31, Seventh Day in the Octave of Christmas, The Truth of Our Being 99

The Feast of the Holy Family, Cycle A, Life in the Family 101

The Feast of the Holy Family, Cycle B, God is Trustworthy 103

The Feast of the Holy Family, Cycle C, The House of the Lord 105

January 1, The Solemnity of Mary Mother of God, Vocation Is Fulfillment 107

January 2, It's Not About World Peace 109

January 3, The Gift We Really Want 111

January 4, What are You Looking For? 113

January 5, The Method of God 115

January 6, What Pleases God 117

January 7, What Should We Ask For? 119

Epiphany, Sunday Between January 2 and 8 (or January 6), The Gift We Offer God 121

The Second Sunday After Christmas, Back to the Beginning 123

Monday After Epiphany or January 7, Everything Has Changed 125

Tuesday After Epiphany or January 8, Jesus Satisfies Our Hunger 127

Wednesday After Epiphany or January 9, Love Brought to Perfection 129

Thursday After Epiphany or January 10, Faith is Victory 131

Friday After Epiphany or January 11, Made Clean 133

Saturday After Epiphany or January 12, Gift From Heaven 135

The Baptism of the Lord, Cycle A, The Gesture of Repentance 137

The Baptism of the Lord, Cycle B, The Opening of Heaven 139

The Baptism of the Lord, Cycle C, in Solidarity With Sinners 141

Notes 143

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