These are some simple, beautiful meditations that can help you and your family to prepare your heart this advent, for the coming of the Christ Child.
Dec. 1 – THE STABLE.
Frequently during the day offer your heart to the little Infant Jesus.
Ask Him to make it His home.
Sweet Jesus, take my heart and make it meek and pure.
Dec. 2 – THE ROOF.
See that the roof of the stable is in good condition, so that the Infant Jesus is protected rain and snow.
This you will do by carefully avoiding every uncharitable remark.
Jesus, teach me to love my neighbor as myself.
Dec. 3 – CREVICES.
Carefully stop every crevice in the walls of the stable, so that the wind and cold may not enter there.
Guard your senses against temptations.
Guard especially your ears against sinful conversations.
Jesus, help me to keep temptations out of my heart.
Dec. 4 – COBWEBS.
Clean the cobwebs from your spiritual crib.
Diligently remove from your heart every inordinate desire of being praised.
Renew this intention at least three times today.
My Jesus I want to please Thee in all I do today.
Dec. 5 – FENCE.
Build a fence about the crib of your heart by keeping strict watch over your eyes, especially at prayer.
Sweet Jesus, I long to see Thee.
Dec. 6 – MANGER.
Fix the best and warmest corner of your heart for the manger of Jesus.
You will do this by abstaining from what you like most in the line of food, comfort and amusement.
Mary, use these sacrifices to prepare my heart for Jesus in Holy Communion.
Dec. 7 – HAY.
Supply the manger of your heart with hay, by overcoming all feelings of pride, anger, or envy.
Jesus, teach me to know and correct my greatest faults.
Dec. 8 – SOFT STRAW.
Also provide your manger with soft straw by performing little acts of mortification;
for instance, bear the cold without complaints; or sit and stand erect.
Dear Jesus, who suffered so much for me, let me suffer for love of Thee.
Dec. 9 – SWADDLING CLOTHES.
Prepare these for the Divine Infant by folding your hands when you pray,
and by praying slowly and thoughtfully.
Jesus, let me love Thee more and more.
Dec. 10 – BLANKETS.
Provide the manger of your heart with soft, warm blankets.
Avoid harsh and angry words; be kind and gentle to all.
Jesus, help me to be meek and humble like Thee.
Dec. 11 – FUEL.
Bring fuel to the crib of Jesus.
Give up your own will; obey your superiors carefully and promptly.
Jesus, let me do Thy will in all things.
Dec. 12 – WATER.
Bring fresh, clean water to the crib.
Avoid every untruthful word and every deceitful act.
Dearest Mary, obtain for me true contrition for my sins.
Dec. 13 – PROVISIONS.
Bring a supply of food to the crib. Deprive yourself of some food at meal time;
or candy or snack, especially when you feel like eating.
Jesus, be my strength and nourishment.
Dec. 14 – LIGHT.
See that the crib has sufficient light.
Be neat and orderly about your person;
keep everything in its place in your room.
Jesus, be the life and light of my soul.
Dec. 15 – FIRE.
Take care to have the crib of your heart warmed by a cozy fire.
Be grateful to God for the love He has shown us in becoming man;
behave with grateful respect towards your parents and relatives.
Jesus, how can I return Thy love; how can I show my gratitude to Thee?
Dec. 16 – THE OX.
Lead the ox to the crib.
Obey cheerfully without making excuses and asking “why.”
I will obey for love of Thee, Jesus.
Dec. 17 – THE DONKEY.
Bring the donkey to the crib.
Offer to the Divine Infant your bodily strength;
us it in the service of others. Jesus, accept my service of love;
I offer it for those who do not love Thee.
Dec. 18 – GIFTS.
Gather some presents for the Divine Infant and His Blessed Mother.
Give alms for the poor and say an extra decade of the Rosary.
Come, Jesus, to accept my gifts and to take possession of my heart.
Dec. 19 – LAMBS.
Strive to bring some little lambs, meek and patient.
So do not murmur or complain.
Jesus, meek and humble of heart, make my heart like Thine.
Dec. 20 – SHEPHERDS.
Invite the shepherds to pay homage to our newborn King.
Imitate their watchfulness. Show in your speech and thoughts the idea that Christmas is important
because Jesus will be born again in you.
Jesus, teach me to love Thee above all things.
Dec. 21 – THE KEY.
Provide the stable with a key to keep out thieves.
Exclude from your heart every sinful thought, every rash judgment.
Dear Jesus, close my heart to all that hurts Thee.
Dec. 22 – ANGELS.
Invite the angels to adore God with you.
Cheerfully obey the inspirations of your guardian angel and of your conscience.
Holy Guardian Angel, never let me forget that you are with me always.
Dec. 23 – ST. JOSEPH.
Accompany St. Joseph from door to door.
Learn from him silently and patiently to bear refusals and disappointments.
Open wide your heart and beg him to enter with the Blessed Virgin Mary.
Saint Joseph, help me to prepare for a worthy Christmas Communion.
Dec. 24 – THE BLESSED VIRGIN.
Go meet your Blessed Mother.
Lead her to the manger of your heart and beg her to lay the Divine Infant in it.
Shorten your chats and telephone conversations and spend more time today thinking of Jesus and Mary and Joseph.
Come, dear Jesus.
Come, my heart longs for Thee.
Dec. 25 – THE CHRIST CHILD.
Welcome the Christ Child into the manger of your heart.
Thank Jesus frequently for coming to dwell in you in Holy Communion and for sacrificing
Himself for your salvation.
Welcome Jesus, welcome to my heart!