Advent Week 1: Seeking the face of God? Look around you

The new year comes a few weeks earlier — the new liturgical year, that is, starting with Advent. But even this new season and new year does not begin without grim and sobering reminders of how far from God many of us are.

Maureen Pratt: Together, apart for the holidays

“It’s not an ideal situation, but in these uncertain, unprecedented times, we are wise to be realistic and keep hope that soon, we will be able to visit ‘as of old.'”