Day 19 - December 18

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Reflection by Mary Kennedy, Dir. of Stewardship,
Illustrations by Peter Bierer, Faith Formation Minister

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Symbol for Day 19: Shell

Matthew 3:1-12:
John the Baptist was the” voice crying out in the dessert,” encouraging all who he encountered to prepare their hearts and lives for the coming of Jesus Christ.  John baptized Jesus and the symbol of the shell used to pour out the sacred water, represents the sacrament. As we prepare for the coming of the Christ Child, we are called to clear out our consciences of the instances where we did not act as we should and clear our lives of the clutter.  As we ready for Christmas, how are we called to simplify our lives and prepare our hearts to celebrate the birth of the Christ Child?