Advent
John the
Baptist
A Reflection
by Robert P. Maloney,
C.M.
A rich cast of Advent characters
appears on the gospel stage.
In this presentation we focus on
John the Baptist.
Jesus called John a “brightly shining
light” and declares that he was the
greatest person history had ever seen.
John focused his whole life on the coming
of Jesus - the Advent secret.
He realized that his all-consuming vocation
was to...
As Vincentians we dedicate our
whole lives to following Christ the
Evangelizer of the poor.
We seek to imitate his five missionary virtues:
1. 
2. 
3. 
4. 
5. 

Simplicity
Humility
Meekness
Mortification
Zeal
Do we meditate on the person of Jesus daily?
Do we see him in the starving people, the
street people, the victims of viole...
John the Baptist’s life makes it very clear that the
following of Christ involves a demanding
asceticism. He knew how to s...
St. John the Baptist With the Scribes and Pharisees
by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, c. 1665
John the Baptist makes it very clear that we will
live genuinely for Christ only if we are willing
to die for him.
For us, John’s asceticism might be:
•  Rising early to praise God
•  Employing moderation and a critical sense in
using te...
For the full text of this letter and Fr. Maloney’s
other writings visit the
Vincentian Encyclopedia

Adapted from text by
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  1. 1. Advent John the Baptist A Reflection by Robert P. Maloney, C.M.
  2. 2. A rich cast of Advent characters appears on the gospel stage. In this presentation we focus on John the Baptist.
  3. 3. Jesus called John a “brightly shining light” and declares that he was the greatest person history had ever seen.
  4. 4. John focused his whole life on the coming of Jesus - the Advent secret. He realized that his all-consuming vocation was to prepare the way of the Lord.
  5. 5. As Vincentians we dedicate our whole lives to following Christ the Evangelizer of the poor.
  6. 6. We seek to imitate his five missionary virtues: 1.  2.  3.  4.  5.  Simplicity Humility Meekness Mortification Zeal
  7. 7. Do we meditate on the person of Jesus daily? Do we see him in the starving people, the street people, the victims of violence in our world?
  8. 8. John the Baptist’s life makes it very clear that the following of Christ involves a demanding asceticism. He knew how to speak the truth even when it cost dearly.
  9. 9. St. John the Baptist With the Scribes and Pharisees by Bartolome Esteban Murillo, c. 1665
  10. 10. John the Baptist makes it very clear that we will live genuinely for Christ only if we are willing to die for him.
  11. 11. For us, John’s asceticism might be: •  Rising early to praise God •  Employing moderation and a critical sense in using television and other media •  Withholding divisive words and negative criticism •  Working hard for the poor
  12. 12. For the full text of this letter and Fr. Maloney’s other writings visit the Vincentian Encyclopedia Adapted from text by Gail Rieth, RSM c. 2006
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