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The telling of the story of John the Baptist during the season of Advent is part of how the Church prepares for the coming of Christ, for John was the herald or forerunner of Jesus who prepared his way.
Another herald or forerunner of Jesus who prepared his way was St. Francis of Assisi. In fact, there are many similarities in the stories of the birth of St. Francis and the birth of John the Baptist.
The events surrounding the birth of St. Francis of Assisi and the birth of John the Baptist, and particularly the events surrounding their naming, give us clues as to the character and mission of these two people.
I invite you to listen to the story of the birth and naming of St. Francis in this video and to the story of the birth and naming of John the Baptist in the next video and to meditate on these stories as a way to prepare your own heart for the coming of Jesus this season of Advent.