1st Sunday of Advent 2017 – Not of the World

We not only prepare ourselves to celebrate Christmas day, we also check to see if we are doing all the things that will keep us ready to receive Jesus when he comes again. How do we live the reality of our God coming into our world and to wait out our time? What does the world tell us about waiting compared to what Jesus says about waiting?

Waiting for God is the posture of Christian discipline. The concrete meaning for us is that we must not allow ourselves to be put to sleep spiritually, hypnotized by the constant frenetic messages of empty promises of this world: our seeking prosperity of our own sakes, finding consolation in our individualism and self-dependence of our past and present glories.

We keep in touch with those around us each day doing our best to live lives of love, of compassion, of forgiveness, of honesty and integrity. Yesterday there may have been inadequacies and failures but today Christ renews his call: “Follow me. I have chosen you.” Each new morning is the opportunity to start again.Read More »

15 ways to celebrate Advent like a Catholic

Advent is our liturgically built-in time of spiritual preparation for Christmas. If you want to get the most out of the Christmas season and fill up your soul with love for Christ, the best way to do that is to “let every heart prepare Him room” —and celebrating Advent is the Church’s way to do it! Here’s the list 15 ways to celebrate Advent like a Catholic;

1. Advent Wreath: One of the most popular ways to celebrate Advent is with an Advent wreath or Advent candleholders. Four candles (three purple and one pink), are used to count down the weeks until Christmas. Each Sunday of Advent one of the candles is lit and special prayers are said. Each Sunday of Advent has a particular theme leading up to the birth of Christ. Read more about the Advent Wreath Tradition and Meaning.

2. Advent Dinners: Make the Sundays of Advent into something special. Prepare a nice dinner or host a potluck and invite over family & friends. This would be a great time to light the candles on your Advent wreath and invite all to join in the special prayers for that week.Read More »