Faith and Family

Day Twenty Four: A Catholic Family Advent


And now, your relative Elizabeth in her old age has also conceived a son; and this is the sixth month for her who was said to be barren. For nothing will be impossible with God.

— Luke 1:36


December brings the shortest days of the year to our country. The lack of natural light can make us feel dreary, tired, and less than joyful. We need light—our bodies crave it. Likewise, we need and crave the spiritual light we receive from Jesus’s message. He is the Light of the World who helps us see through the darkness of our lives, and who shines in the love we show to others.

Talk Together

Is there a place in your family or community that can use some light? How can you bring Christ’s light to that place?


Lord, bathe us in your light. Allow it to wash over us, filling us with renewed hope and energy to do your will.


Even though the days may be filled with less light, the holiday season means that nights are often brightly lit with Christmas displays. Look around your home for sources of light. Bask in their glow. You might turn off all the lights and sit by the light of your Advent wreath, or take your family on a walk or drive around your neighborhood to look at the light displays.

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