"Christ lives, he has overcome death, he has overcome all these powers. We live in this certainty, in this freedom, and in this joy." (Pope Benedict XVI, General Audience, 12 XI 2008)
"Do not accept anything as the truth if it lacks love. And do not accept anything as love which lacks the truth! One without the other becomes a destructive lie." (Blessed John Paul II, Canonisation of Edith Stein, 11 X 1998)

Saturday, 3 December 2011

Advent: It's about HOPE

We have begun the new Church year. We begin each year with the wonderful season of Advent. As the first clip below tells us - Advent is a time of "Spring cleaning" in our lives. Let's get rid of all the nonsense and focus on Jesus - God who is Love and always wants to visit us where we are. Father Robert Barron's homily for last week was also very insightful when it spoke about this season as we approach Christmas (see www.wordonfire.com). As I have told friends before, the anticipation and expectancy of enjoying something is much better than having the thing itself. The waiting lasts longer and allows us to cherish the moments leading up to the consummation of whichever event we await. I often buy things to eat, only to leave them on the shelf so I can enjoy waiting to tuck in. Those moments of savouring the wait are fantastic. They enable me to stretch the enjoyment to the maximum :-)