Advent calendar: Preparing for Christmas with Mary Ward Sisters from all over the world

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Advent has come and we are awaiting the borth of Christ, our savior. During the four weeks of Advent, we prepare for the celebration of Christ’s birth through prayer and reflection. We contemplate the First Coming of Jesus as Savior, and anticipate his promised Second Coming. And amid the flurry of Christmas preparations, we look for practical ways to observe the holiness of the season in our everyday lives.

We have asked sisters of the Congregatio Jesu (CJ) and the Institute of the Blessed Virgin Mary (IBVM) to send us reflections and traditions that enrich their prayers and community life during this holy season. The shared with us in abundance. Open a door of our advent calender each day and discover how the Mary Ward family prepares for Christmas.

Esther Finis