Many years ago I read the book Preparation for Death written by St. Alphonsus Liguori. It was a sobering read, but a very helpful one. Through the lessons learned in that material I devised the above Advent guide for my own spiritual journey.
While the book is an exhaustive (lengthy) work with great attention to detail, I wanted something easy to remind myself of the lessons learned. This brief guide is my attempt at reminding myself daily of the need to walk humbly with my God in all that I think, say, and do. Cooperating more fully with God's grace is the key intent of this exercise.
I simply took some phrases from St. Alphonsus and looked up corresponding Scripture passages. I placed them in somewhat of a chronological order to usher my Advent journey toward the great feast of Christmas.
I used this material at an Advent retreat a few years back and someone said, "Looking at this list does not necessarily say 'Rejoice' and 'Merry Christmas'" It was a great opportunity to delve more fully into the Scripture readings of the first two weeks of Advent and reflect upon the second coming of Christ.
This resource is just an invitation for you to enter more fully into the liturgical season of Advent. Prepare the way of the Lord.