The Christian observance of Advent is for the preparation for Christmas. It is a time when Christians reflect on the Hebrew Bible, the promises of God, and their fulfillment in Jesus of Nazareth. A common theme in Advent observances is the coming of the Messiah. In many ways, the notion of the Messiah has caught the imagination of generations of Christians.
Advent began this year on Sunday, Noember 30. Most Catholics, even those who don’t often go to Mass, know that Advent involves a wreath with some candles, possibly a “calendar” of hidden chocolates, and untangling strings of Christmas lights.
But Advent is more than that. Here are a few points that might help you have a great Advent this year:
What is Advent?
In Matthew 5:13-16, Jesus said, "You are the salt of the earth, but if salt has lost its taste, how shall its saltiness be restored? It is no longer good for anything except to be thrown out and trampled under people's feet. You are the light of the world. A city set on a hill cannot be hidden. Nor do people light a lamp and put it under a basket, but on a stand, and it gives light to all in the house. In the same way, let your light shine before others, so that they may see your good works and give glory to your Father who is in heaven.”
When one visits the Holy Land, one feels the scent of holiness since this land became holy being the place where Lord Jesus Christ was born, lived, conveyed the message of love and peace, died on the Cross, rose from the dead, and set a model of brotherly love which culminated in loving one’s enemies.
St. Catherine of Alexandria’s witness to the faith was short, dramatic and even bizarre.
The annual solemnity provides a much-needed corrective against the perennial temptation to view the world through the lens of earthly power and squeeze our understanding of God into that prism.
The Solemnity of Christ the King is an occasion for us every year to recalibrate our lives to the reality of Christ’s kingdom and to follow the criteria Christ gives us to enter it, live in it and proclaim it.
There have been reports by various sources stating that some countries in the world are drifting towards hunger. This situation raises eyebrows and causes eyes to be welling with tears.
With hunger in the offing, the world will definitely be shoved into an arena of instability leading to further violence, wars, crimes and insecurity.
Press reports have indicated that the Catholic Church in Lebanon has pledged to restore 200 houses in stricken Beirut.
In spite of the mammoth destruction that plagued Beirut on August 4, such a piece of news brings a sigh of relief among several people of Beirut as well as among all peace lovers.
The World Day of the Poor is marked on Sunday, November 15, 2020.
On this day, the first thing to remember is what Lord Jesus Christ referred to the poor saying: “Blessed are you who are poor, for yours is the Kingdom of God."
From coast to coast, the shrines to St. Frances Xavier Cabrini testify to the profound love, impact and even miracles this Italian immigrant and U.S. citizen-saint known as ‘Mother Cabrini’ worked in the lives of countless Americans.