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Resources for Advent/Christmas

 Praying Advent
We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas.  Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week by week, in the midst of our everyday lives.

 Praying Advent 2011
We often miss Advent's power because these December weeks are full of secular Christmas parties and preparations for Christmas.  Each year, the busyness of this season serves to distract us from having an Advent season that truly prepares us for the celebration of Christmas, with all its meaning. This site offers simple ways to enter into this Advent season, week by week, in the midst of our everyday lives.

 Putting aside translation to discuss Advent
The message of Advent is that the blessings of the Kingdom will 'come toward' us only to the extent that we 'come toward' those most in need of our love and support.  The message of Advent is that the blessings of the Kingdom will 'come toward' us only to the extent that we 'come toward' those most in need of our love and support.  In other words, Advent is a time for redirecting the expectation of Christ's coming away from "out there" to "right here."

 Raise Up the Lowly
Dawn breaks upon us. The Sun of Justice spreads his warming rays across a dark and icy world. The images of the Christmas season evoke liberation from oppressive times. They announce new life and a new order of things. "Justice and peace embrace." It is a welcome message at all times.

 Real sacrifice should be remembered this Christmas
Christmas is a time when people are supposed to have warmth in their hearts and a generous spirit to match. But even in this richest of countries, many are below the poverty line and many more, having lost their jobs, are experiencing poverty for the first time.

 Repentance and Advent
The church sets aside two periods every year when we are called to reflect on the meaning of repentance and to act on it. Both periods, Advent and Lent, urge us to take stock of our lives, find out what is missing, and to go about finding it. And such is the way we prepare our hearts for the great feasts of Christmas and Easter.

 SEASON OF HOPE, SEASON OF PEACE
Pope Francis has called Christmas “the feast of trust and of hope which overcomes uncertainty and pessimism.” He said: “And the reason for our hope is this: God is with us...

 Signs of Life
We’ve all had those moments in December when we clicked through the channels and found It’s a Wonderful Life nearly everywhere. Yet it would be tragic if the past over-exposure of Frank Capra’s 1946 film fooled us into seeing it as anything less than a masterpiece. What’s more, the film offers a profound understanding of the Gospels.

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