Another month has come and gone, and let me tell ya, the Lord has been working hard! As our hearts yearn for holiness, Christ continues to be our stronghold and rock through it all. We strive to live out the many virtues God has given us as gifts to grow in faith.
Through this constant battle, it has become more and more apparent how weak we truly are, but we know that whenever we are weak, then we are strong. 2 Corinthians 12:10
We are preparing our hearts for the coming of our Lord and Savior and we can not help but be grateful for the gift of Jesus humbling himself and becoming man. The Holy Spirit is overwhelming so many hearts with His gentle invitation to love Him here at St. Hubert’s. As a NET team, we have seen youth, parents, and families give some not so easy to see pieces of their hearts to Him.
An example of this was at our most recent XLT night, which occurs once a month and focuses on a certain theme. Since the theme was “Preparation for Advent”, the attendees had the opportunity to go to Confession throughout the night and something miraculous happened. Over twenty-five youth and family members were unable to go due to the length of the line. The Lord moved that night through the Holy Spirit and many of these people (including youth we did not expect to see) went back to the Confession line after the event ended to receive the sacrament. Praise God!
“Christ longs for you to have a clean heart and receive Him readily”.
In 1 Peter 5:10, Peter explains “And the God of all grace, who called you to his eternal glory in Christ, after you have suffered a little while, will himself restore you and make you strong, firm and steadfast.”
Just as we are unable to fully receive Christ at Christmas if we ignore the preparation called for in Advent, so too are we more unworthy to be restored through Christ if we ignore the trials and challenges He places in our paths.
Let us really focus this season on uniting our will with our heavenly Father’s, so we can rejoice fully in His coming and take part in spreading the Good News. We challenge you to make a good confession this week because Christ longs for you to have a clean heart and receive Him readily. We give all the glory to God for this new year in the Church. May we continue to build up His kingdom here on earth. Advent is here and we are preparing feverishly for His coming!