Use Advent wisely! Don’t let the secular “holiday season” rob you of the true meaning and the true richness of our Christian faith and culture.
There are times when we can become so busy with Christmas preparations, that the meaning and real joy of the season can be lost to us. There are times when our actions would indicate that we are lost, even to ourselves. Regardless of our current circumstances, we are never lost to God. While we may be blind to God's presence in our life, God is with us and, if we open ourselves to him, he will show us a way back. Regardless of what may impede us, let us diligently prepare the Way of the Lord.
Pope Francis reminds us of our mandate to reach out to one another and to the stranger, especially the poor among us. During this season of “getting ready”, let us reflect on our God who cares about each person. This is a season of welcome and joy. Let us remember Advent for what it is meant to be: a period of spiritual preparation and penance for the celebration of the birth of our Redeemer. May this Advent truly be a time of believing in God's love for us.
In His peace-