It is interesting that Catholics and other Christians dedicate entire seasons to reflect about “waiting.” Advent is one of them. So is Lent, which will soon be upon us! What are you waiting for this Advent? What to do while we wait?
The Advent calendar with one tab or box to open each day for 24 or 25 days taps into something people really like: countdowns. It also highlights the anticipation that is at the heart of the four-week liturgical season of Advent.
The Advent season is a time of preparation for the coming of the prince of peace and not a time of making war with those around you, Pope Francis said.
Christians can turn Christmas into a “pagan” or “mundane” holiday by focusing on the gifts and the tree rather than on the birth of Jesus and his promise to come again, Pope Francis said.
When the verses from Chapter 33 of the Book of Jeremiah are read as the first reading on the First Sunday of Advent this year, I will hear them in a new way.
Using whichever social medium you prefer (Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, etc.), challenge yourself, or challenge a friend, to post a photo or short reflection each day during Advent that reflects the Word of the Day shown in the graphic.
As nearly any of their Christmas shopping lists would suggest, parents know all about surrendering wants and desires — primarily, their wants and desires — for the sake of their children. Going “without,” or with less, is part and parcel of “surrender.”
Catholics in our country are barely aware that our coreligionists around the world are persecuted in dozens of countries.
Third Sunday of Advent
First reading: Is 61:1-2, 10-11
Second reading: 1 Thes 5:16-24
Gospel: Jn 1:6-8, 19-28
With the crunch of Christmas upon us, the wonderful readings for this Third Sunday of Advent come to the rescue of our harried hearts.