Articles Tagged ‘Advent’

4th Sunday of Advent: St. Joseph simply obeyed

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Then Mary said, ‘Here am I, the servant of the Lord; let it done to me according to your word.' (Lk 1:38) On this fourth and last Sunday of Advent, as the Solemn Feast of Christmas draws near, the Sacred Liturgy invites us to be one with the Blessed Virgin Mary and St. Joseph, our Lord’s Foster Father; that we may learn from them how to approach and how to serve the Mystery of God made Man, the Word Made Flesh. The ... (Continue reading)

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3rd Sunday of Advent: Rejoice, the Lord is near

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His mercy is for those who fear him from generation to generation (Lk 1:4). Once again on this third Sunday of Advent we encounter the figure of John the Baptist, "the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, ‘Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths.'" In the Liturgy of Advent John bears witness to the Messiah through his call to repentance; an invitation that is ancient and ever new, and ever relevant. Just as important as the message, ... (Continue reading)

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2nd Sunday of Advent: The call to conversion

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John the Baptist appeared in the wilderness, proclaiming a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Mk 1:4). The Gospel of the Mass on this second Sunday of Advent introduces us to John the Baptist, the voice of one crying out in the wilderness, "Prepare the way of the Lord; make straight His paths." John the Baptist is one of the three Advent guides who, during this time of preparation for Christmas, lead us towards our encounter with the living God ... (Continue reading)

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Eight strategies for a calm, fruitful Advent

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Most of us are distracted by so many things. Busyness is a stress-inducing condition of daily life. We rush from one place to another and try to juggle one too many commitments. With less than one month left before Christmas, our lives are going to be even more hectic. We are in danger of not giving ourselves the time to be still, to breathe, to be. When our lives are frenetic, we don't pay attention to important matters including our time ... (Continue reading)

Advent: waiting like Mary and Joseph

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I have just finished my annual routine of climbing into the attic and hauling out the box that stores our much-used Advent wreath. Candles? Check. Prayers? Check. Matches? We'll need to get more of those. Like most families, the season of Advent falls right in the middle of a very busy time. School, work, extracurricular activities, and many other commitments mean that our home is a constant whirr of activity—add to that the demands of the Advent season and the coming ... (Continue reading)

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Waiting and Knitting and Hoping

About twelve years ago, I learned how to knit. I learned the basics and then set it aside for a few years. Eventually, I took it up again and became a pretty good knitter. Knitting is a remarkably useful skill. Keeping your hands busy is good for focusing, whether on schoolwork or prayers, and it means that even watching TV is not a totally useless activity. If civilization crashed and burned, I could still have a nice pair of warm socks ... (Continue reading)

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Whom do you serve?

At the back of our parish there is a poster with two pictures on it. The first picture is of a computer/TV screen and the second is of a monstrance, with the words “Whom do you worship?” in bold script underneath. We’re standing on the threshold of Advent 2012—one liturgical year coming to a close and another beginning—and I think it so fitting that the Church wraps up the liturgical year with a celebration of Jesus Christ the King. There ... (Continue reading)

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