Advent: Getting the Help We All Need

Sacred Advent from Loyola Press

Perhaps more than any other liturgical season, the season of Advent reminds us that we need help! It is a season that reminds us that we are in need of an intervention—a savior—someone who enters into our reality and lifts us up and out of the “muck” that we find ourselves trapped in. The “muck,” of course, is sin, and our Savior, of course, is Jesus Christ. In order for us to overcome the effects and dangers of sin, we need divine help. There is no such thing as lifting oneself up by one’s “spiritual bootstraps.”

To help you invite others to recognize our need for a Savior this Advent, Loyola Press has put together a bevy of Advent resources that you can access here. These include the following:

Wow! Talk about “one-stop shopping!” But wait, there’s more!

Over the years, I, along with my Catechist’s Journey contributors, have assembled quite a number of Advent articles for your benefit and enrichment. Highlights include:

This Advent, let’s assist people in getting the divine help that we are all in need of from our Savior, Jesus Christ!

About Joe Paprocki 2745 Articles
Joe Paprocki, DMin, is National Consultant for Faith Formation at Loyola Press, where, in addition to his traveling/speaking responsibilities, he works on the development team for faith formation curriculum resources including Finding God: Our Response to God’s Gifts and God’s Gift: Reconciliation and Eucharist. Joe has more than 35 years of experience in ministry and has presented keynotes, presentations, and workshops in more than 100 dioceses in North America. Joe is a frequent presenter at national conferences including the Los Angeles Religious Education Congress, the Mid-Atlantic Congress, and the National Conference for Catechetical Leadership. He is the author of numerous books, including the best seller The Catechist’s Toolbox, A Church on the Move, Under the Influence of Jesus, and Called to Be Catholic—a bilingual, foundational supplemental program that helps young people know their faith and grow in their relationship with God. Joe is also the series editor for the Effective Catechetical Leader and blogs about his experiences in faith formation at

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