I have been seeing this question everywhere. What Advent devotionals do you use? It is, in my opinion, a very important question. How we prepare for the birth of Christ can take many forms, but Advent devotionals are a beautiful way to put our minds and hearts in the right place.
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This first book I am going to mention is my all-time favorite Advent devotional. It literally has everything I want and need when it comes to preparing my mind and soul for Christ. It is uplifting, it is pious, and it is practical.
From Advent to Epiphany by Fr. Patrick Troadec.
This book is wonderfully written. It is broken up into 5 sections for each day. “God Speaks to Us”, Meditation, Prayer, Thoughts, and Resolutions, all of which can be read in less than 10minutes and as a mother of four that is an important factor. I love the practical resolutions it gives every day to become holier. It is based off of the readings for the day and it even includes days for the Immaculate Conception and the Ember Days of December.
There is an addendum at the back which houses special prayers, hymns, customs, etc. If you haven’t read it, you need to.
I used this book last year and I really enjoyed it. I love most of Archbishop Fulton Sheen’s work and for me this didn’t disappoint. These daily meditations are super short but give you something to focus your day and energy on perfecting.
This book is very deep. I read it last year and found a lot of beauty in the meditations. They are biblically based and longer to read, so I found them a little difficult to keep up with daily. I recommend this book if you enjoy reading and have more time to dedicate towards your spiritual reading. If you’re looking for something short and sweet, this might not be right for you.
I really love reading this one every year. How can one go wrong reading sermons by St. Francis de Sales. There are only 4 of them and so I do reserve these sermons for the four Sundays in Advent, and it works really well for me.
This is a great and easy resource for children to learn about the popular traditions of Advent and Christmas.
If you’re looking for a good book to read to help you grow in your journey as a mother, check out my post on 8 Great Books for Catholic Moms.
I really enjoy reading. Every year I get a new book to try, but if I’m being honest, these five books have really become all I need when preparing my soul for Christmas. Leave a comment below if you a favorite Advent Devotional that you use. I love adding new books to my library.