PODCAST | Second Week of Advent: Prepare the Way of the Lord

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In this podcast for the Second Week of Advent, Fr. Peter Armenio directs our attention to the metaphors of conversion found in the gospel description of St. John the Baptist: “A voice of one crying in the desert, ‘prepare the way of the Lord, make straight His paths.'” We, too, want to be imitators of John the Baptist, “albeit in a flawed and imperfect way,” as Fr. Peter explains. He points out, “It’s not about my talents, my gifts, my skills; but it is about letting that Christ who lives in me through Baptism, to let him grow so He reveals Himself […] through myself, being an imperfect vessel, but a vessel of Jesus Christ, nevertheless.”

During these days of Advent, our calling is to “put on Jesus Christ” more intentionally so as to let His life and His love be revealed through us. Only in this way can we make Christ “real” to those who earnestly seek Him. And, as St. Josemaria wrote, we have two points of entry available to us: “the Bread and the Word.” By constantly nourishing ourselves with Scripture and the Eucharist, we will be better equipped to abide in Him amid the busyness of our daily lives.

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Rev. Peter Armenio Rev. Peter Armenio

Rev. Peter V. Armenio was ordained a priest of the Prelature of Opus Dei in 1980. He is the author of several books published by Midwest Theological Forum, including Highlights of the Catholic Faith. He also served as President of the St. Josemaria Institute from 2006 to 2012. He has been working in campus ministry for the past 30 years and also preaches recollections and gives spiritual direction in Chicago.

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