Friday, November 26, 2010

Advent is Near

Pope John Paul II once said: "Advent is a period of intense training that directs us decisively to the One who has already come, who will come, and who continuously comes." We forget the Church still recommends violet vestments for Advent; it is a penitential season, in spite of the fact that most of us are going to one Christmas party after another. My husband and I usually have our Christmas party after Christmas, when the season for rejoicing is in full liturgical swing. In fact, for many years we have had an "Epiphany party" around January 6, since that magnificent feast is overlooked by the secular world. Not that the mood of Advent is equivalent to the somber tone of Lent; but it should be a time for reflection and on-going conversion rather than constant partying, as if Christmas began at the beginning of December rather than at the end of the month.

1 comment:

Convenor said...

Dear bloggers,

We publish a twice-yearly journal called 'CHRISTVS REGNAT' with a circulation of about 50 here in Ireland with a focus on Catholic heritage, cultural, musical, historical, biographical, and the Traditional Latin Liturgy.

It would be very interesting to be able to include an article on the survival of the Carmelite Rite. I wonder if any of you would be willing to give us such an article?

Usually, our articles are about 1,000 to 4,000 words. Our next issue will be in June, 2010.

God bless,

Thomas Murphy
St. Conleth's Catholic Heritage Association

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