#056: Top 5 Advent Devotions

My goal this week is to share my top 5 Advent devotions. In Western culture, the season of Advent is usually sunk under the weight of Christmas commercialism. In today’s podcast we’ll explore how to sanctify the season of Advent so that we can prepare a happy and holy Christmas.

I’ll also share some of the struggles that Joy and I have faced during the Advent and Christmas season


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  • Proverb of the week: Prov 25:15
  • Featured Segment: Top 5 Advent Devotions
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  • Tip of the week: Green Tea and Oatmeal
  • Latin word of the week: Adventus

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  • newguy40

    I want to recommend a wonderful book for advent spiritual reading. “Advent of the Heart” by Fr Alfred Delp SJ.

    Fr Delp’s earlier sermons and letters from the concentration camp are very moving. The book includes the Advent readings for the Latin Missal. Many of his reflections and letters are related to the readings and what he, Germany and the world were experiencing as the destruction and death of so many was going on around him. To me, what is most remarkable is the sense of Hope and faith that comes across from Fr Delp even as he is awaiting his own execution.

  • Victor

    Dear Doctor Marshall, i know that some say that your podcast are very long and for those who honestly believe that sort of thing, “I” would suggest that they try reading and/or doing whatever they like while they listen cause I’m sure that they would appreciate a lot of the great Catholic info you give out for free… for example, during this podcast, reading some of the daily Gospels that “I” had lost… without getting too far off topic… this new windows 8 within this new computer that my wife just bought me takes a little getting use to… “I” won’t tell YA that sinner vic believes that the hackers burned some important parts in my last new computer because i wouldn’t kiss … let’s just say that after being showed the mistake and told that every body hates Windows 8… i was NICE and stuck up for Windows 8 by saying that it was really me who was most likely getting paranoid because of my old age… my grandchild with a smile, politely said; then in that case, I should suggest that you simply eat more carrots cause it was there all the time grandpa… anyway back on topic Doctor Marshall and long story short, you really increased my “Spirit” in Christmas.

    “I” would love to write a booklet here and now on what you spoke about… for example, “I” would like to talk about god hate, “I” mean Advent god debt hey, “I” mean Gadgety… NEVER MINE… OK! “I” meant to say that we gods have given Victor “The Gateway of The North” and just because his city lost “IT” why should we be to blame?… All of US (usual sinners) “I” mean us gods have also given Dark Port Holes and many have found a LOT of heaven, even if “ME” “MYSELF” and “I” do say so… a lot of little heavenly angels came out of “IT”… “I” grant YA that they were not all gay, “I” mean happy cause not all of them are named “Violet”, “I” mean “Purple”, “I” meant to say that there was a time when all girls were Baptized with the name of “Mary” in the Catholic faith… hey YA can’t blame us gods cause the pyramid aliens in charge don’t see “IT” that way, “I” mean Catholic Old WAYs do change nowadays! Drastically? Hey we 93% gods don’t mine if Victor’s so called Seven per sent age Jesus Cells joins YAR so call 33 days of Con, “I” mean Consecration cause YA know what they say, keep YAR friends close but YAR enemies must be kept even close her, “I” mean closer and yes we godly cells want to ‘add vent tooth’ to every electronic devices that DRACULA plus all those saints & serpents war ship, “I” mean worship occupy and and…………………………………………………….and…………………………………………………..and…


    I hear YA! You don’t think that our team is going to let this past, I mean bye Victor… Do YA NOW?

    Go figure! LOL 🙂

    God Bless

    • Catholic


  • Mike

    Dr Marshall … What is the name And author of the Jesse tree book you referred too in the podcast.