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What is Advent?

What is Advent?

Advent? What is all about

The word Advent derives from the Latin word meaning coming. The Lord is coming. We may reflect that every year at this time we celebrate his coming , so that in a sense we can lose the feeling of expectancy and joyful anticipation, because at the end of the season, everything seems to return to pretty much the same routine. If that is the case, then our preparation may have been lacking ... continue reading

Do this in remembrance of me is more than an invitation, it is a divine command.But it is a command borne of love, spoken by love, and directed toward our reception of Divine Love and eternal communion with God. It is as much a plea as it is an obligation, for Christ thirsts to join into union with us all and to confer to us all a share in his own divine and supernatural life through his sacrificial gift of Eucharist.

Life is an Advent Search for God: The Importance of Effort

By Deacon Frederick Bartels • Catholic Online • 12/20/2014

Advent is about seeking God, the most noble of all pursuits. Nevertheless, such a pursuit is one in which we are engaged each day, not merely during Advent. The search for the Divine is a journey every person walks at some level, at every time and place, whether they know it or not or ...

Advent: A Time To Seek Answers To Humankind's Most Pressing Questions

By F. K. Bartels • Catholic Online • 12/16/2014

When Pilate questioned Jesus, "'So you are a king?' Jesus answered, 'You say that I am a king. For this I was born, and for this I have come into the world, to bear witness to the truth. Every one who is of the truth hears my voice'" (Jn 18:37). This leads to another obvious question: How and where ...

To become humble is in reality to die to self. It is to become as a little child in abandonment to God, trusting completely in his goodness, power and divine providence. It is to give ourselves over unconditionally and without qualification to Christ. It is the humble who pray thus:

Advent: Dominus humilitate adveniet: The Lord Will Come by Humility

By F. K. Bartels • Catholic Online • 12/16/2014

God opposes the proud, but gives grace to the humble. Submit yourselves therefore to God. Resist the devil and he will flee from you. Draw near to God and he will draw near to you. Cleanse your hands, you sinners, and purify your hearts, you men of double mind. Be wretched and mourn and weep. Let ...

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The Christmas Story

The Christmas Story

Christmas Story explained

To become the mother of the Savior, Mary "was enriched by God with gifts appropriate to such a role."132 The angel Gabriel at the moment of the annunciation salutes her as "full of grace". In fact, in order for Mary to be able to give the free assent of her faith to the announcement of her vocation, it was necessary that she be wholly borne by God's grace... continue reading

Mary, Mother of God Mary Speaks From the Heart

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Daily Scripture Readings for Advent

Advent Daily Readings

The weeks of Advent remind us to set aside some of the hectic business of the holiday season, and to quietly reflect on the promise of the baby born in Bethlehem 2000 years ago. The Bible readings listed below relate to the Advent themes of waiting, preparation, light in the darkness, and the coming of the promised Messiah. continue reading

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