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The Word Became Flesh
Reflections for Advent and Christmas
Edited by: Matthew Becklo


Editor: Matthew Becklo
ISBN: 9781685780210
Binding: Paperback
Page Count: 144
Publisher: Word on Fire
Dimensions: 5 x 7
Language: English
Release Date: 2022-10-10

"The Word became Flesh and lived among us"

—JOHN 1:14

About the Book

“The Word became flesh and lived among us.” These words of St. John the Evangelist express the foundational mystery of the Catholic faith, which Christians around the world contemplate and celebrate every year during the Advent and Christmas seasons: the Incarnation.

In this new book from Word on Fire, readers are offered a week-by-week guide through these sacred seasons with a series of reflections on the Messiah, the Annunciation, the Incarnation, the Journey to Bethlehem, the Nativity, and the Holy Family. 

Featuring key passages from Scripture, extended readings from Bishop Robert Barron, and hymns, poetry, prayers, and additional reflections from across two thousand years of Catholic tradition, The Word Became Flesh is a perfect companion guide for parishes, families, and individuals longing for a deeper encounter with Christ during Advent and Christmas.

The Word Became Flesh isn’t only for the upcoming Advent and Christmas seasons. It can be used every year!

What You'll Find Inside

  • An introduction and conclusion from Bishop Robert Barron

  • Key passages for Advent and Christmas from Sacred Scripture

  • ​Extended readings from Bishop Robert Barron

  • Brief theological and spiritual reflections from many of the heroes of Word on Fire, including Fulton Sheen, St. Athanasius, St. Thomas Aquinas, St. Augustine, and more

  • ​Prayers from St. John Henry Newman, St. Teresa of Kolkata, St. Catherine of Siena, and more

  • The “O Antiphons” and the Angelus and Memorare prayers

  • ​​Classic hymns like Veni, Veni, Emmanuel, Alma Redemptoris Mater, and Adeste Fidelis in both Latin and English

  • ​Six Advent and Christmas poems from G.K. Chesterton

  • Additional poems from Thomas Merton, Dante, St. John of the Cross, Gerard Manley Hopkins, Thérèse of Lisieux, and Paul Claudel

Read the Introduction

by Bishop Robert Barron

Bishop Robert Barron is the founder of Word on Fire Catholic Ministries and the host of CATHOLICISM, a groundbreaking, award-winning documentary about the Catholic faith. On July 21, 2015, Pope Francis announced his appointment as Auxiliary Bishop in the Archdiocese of Los Angeles, and on June 2, 2022, he appointed Bishop Barron the ninth bishop of the Diocese of Winona-Rochester (Minnesota). Ordained in 1986 in the Archdiocese of Chicago, Bishop Barron received a master’s degree in philosophy from The Catholic University of America in 1982 and a doctorate in sacred theology from the Institut Catholique de Paris in 1992.

About the Editor

Matthew Becklo

Matthew Becklo is a writer, editor, and the Publishing Director for Bishop Robert Barron’s Word on Fire Catholic Ministries. 

His writing is featured at Word on Fire, Strange Notions, and Aleteia, and has also appeared in Inside the Vatican magazine and the Evangelization & Culture journal, and online at First Things, RealClear Religion, and The Catholic Herald. 

He has also contributed essays for Wisdom and Wonder: How Peter Kreeft Shaped the Next Generation of Catholics and The New Apologetics: Defending the Faith in a Post-Christian Era, and edited multiple books, including the Word on Fire Classics Flannery O’Connor Collection.

He lives in New York with his wife, Elizabeth, and their four children.

Table of Contents


The First Week of Advent: The Messiah

The Second Week of Advent: The Annunciation

The Third Week of Advent: The Incarnation

The Fourth Week of Advent: The Journey to Bethlehem

Christmas Day: The Nativity

The Christmas Season: The Holy Family


Additional Prayers