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Silence Is Golden: New Installment in Popular “Rejoice!” Advent Series Helps Catholics Embrace Imaginative Prayer

[Exton, PA, October 12, 2023—]

In a culture dominated by noise and distractions, Rejoice! invites Catholics away from the hustle to hear God’s quiet voice in their lives. 

This Advent, Fr. Mark Toups guides Catholics to discover the power of silence in their lives and reflect on the anchoring Scripture passages of the Advent season: the Sunday Mass readings. Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, Year B helps Catholics deepen their prayer life, find more peace in a busy season, and rediscover the joy of Christmas. 

In his introduction, Fr. Toups, author of the Rejoice! Advent series and pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church in Grand Isle, says, “The meditations are specifically and intentionally written to help you learn how to hear the voice of God. This year we are seeking to learn from Mary and Joseph how to hear the voice of God as they did.”

Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, Year B is the sixth installment in the Telly- and ACP-award-winning Advent meditation series enjoyed by hundreds of thousands of Catholics. Each year, the Holy Spirit has worked through Rejoice! to provide transformation and healing to many.

“This is the first year that I felt Advent was a time of preparation for Christmas,” says Trish, a past Rejoice! participant. “It helped me experience deeper prayer times each day, where I allowed myself to be happy, to cry, and to pray. The past couple of years have been challenging for me, and although those challenges are still present, this Advent I felt like I was no longer alone.”

To learn more about Rejoice! An Advent Pilgrimage into the Heart of Scripture, Year B, visit www.RejoiceProgram.com.

About Fr. Mark Toups

Ordained in 2001, Fr. Mark Toups is a priest for the Diocese of Houma-Thibodaux, where he is pastor of Our Lady of the Isle Church in Grand Isle, Louisiana. In addition to his pastoral work, Fr. Toups is an adjunct faculty member for the Institute for Priestly Formation, specializing in communications, development, and spiritual direction. His many books and studies with Ascension help Catholics deepen their prayer lives and encounter the Lord in meaningful ways, particularly through meditation on Scripture and celebration of the holy seasons of Advent and Lent. Fr. Toups is the author of Oremus: A Catholic Guide to Prayer, the Rejoice! Advent Meditations series, and the Lenten Companion series from Ascension.

About Ascension

Ascension is a multimedia network and the leader in Catholic faith formation and digital content. Over the past 25 years, Ascension has helped nurture the faith of more than 10 million Catholics through award-winning books, the chart-topping Bible in a Year and Catechism in a Year podcasts, more than 50 unique faith formation programs, and Ascension Presents, the largest Catholic YouTube channel in English.

Media Contact

For interviews with Rejoice! author Fr. Mark Toups, contact Lauren Joyce at Newsroom@AscensionPress.com.