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Resources for Advent/Christmas

 THE MEANING OF CHRISTMAS
Connecting the Dots between the Crib and the Cross - There is an adult message about Christ in Christmas and the meaning of Christmas is to be understood as much by looking at the cross as by looking at the crib.

 The St. Nicholas Center
'Discovering the truth about Santa Claus' - this is probably the best resource around for parents wanting to put the Santa myth in perspective.

 The Surprise Child
It is worthwhile to recall that Advent celebrates birth, one of the most vulnerable of human moments, and to remind ourselves that Jesus was an unexpected child: Mary had a different life planned for herself and Joseph, not to mention Joseph’s own hopes and dreams for his family

 The Three Advents
For Bernard of Clairvaux and his modern interpreter, thomas Merton, the season of advent is a “sacrament” of the presence of God in his world, in the mystery of Christ at work through his Church, preparing in a hidden, obscure way for the final manifestation of his kingdom. - by Fr. James Conner, ocso. 

 UNEARTHING THE GENDER BALANCE AT THE HEART OF OUR CATHOLIC TRADITION
This is the season of the prophet Isaiah, whose proclamations permeate our liturgies and whose writings inspired both Jesus and St. Paul. We renew our belief in a God who brings 'glad tidings to the poor, liberty to captives and makes justice and praise spring up before all the nations' (Isaiah 61).

 UNWRAP THE GIFTS OF ADVENT
Christmas should be an attitude toward life, not an endurance exercise. This Advent season, why not shop the scriptures rather than the malls to prepare?

 USCCB - Advent and Christmas Seasons
The Advent season is a time of preparation that directs our hearts and minds to Christ’s second coming at the end of time and also to the anniversary of the Lord’s birth on Christmas. (Resources, links, prayers and calendars)

 Wandering Through Advent
Although we rarely slow down to consider it, most of the time we live as voyagers moving about solely for the sake of discovering the next temporary provision. Our lives will certainly look a lot like that over the next few weeks as the Christmas shopping frenzy commences.

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