At his livestreamed weekly general audience, the pope focused on the importance of thanking God and letting others see one’s gratitude.
“Mary of Guadalupe is a powerful symbol of hope. … She is a reminder that no matter how hard life is, God does not abandon us.”
In the simple words of a child, I hear loud echoes of three core Christian convictions that are worth remembering as we start a new year.
Advent liturgies speak to us of a message of reform and hope.
Compared to Christmas, Easter and Lent, Advent is the Maytag repairman of liturgical seasons.
Advent is a time that we have an opportunity to reflect on the many blessings in our life and to show our gratitude.
How can we make Advent matter?
Our source of hope, and what our eyes should remain open to, is that God loves us, that Christ saves us and that Christ is very much alive.