“Advent is the time for us to wake from our sleep!”

Archbishop Jose Gomez writes about Advent in his latest column

In preparation for the first Sunday of Advent, the Archbishop of Los Angeles has said the season is a time to spiritually “stay woke,” shaking off apathy and becoming more aware of God’s presence. “My prayer for us this year is that we will make this Advent a spiritual adventure of living with a new awareness of the presence of God,” said Archbishop José Gomez in a Nov. 28 … [Read more...]

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What ever became of Advent fasting and penance?

Msgr. Charles Pope: Contradicting tradition, "Advent has become almost devoid of any real penitential practices. Neither fasting nor abstinence is required; they are not really even mentioned."

The following comes from a December 13 Community in Mission article by Msgr. Charles Pope: I was explaining to a new Catholic recently that the reason the color purple (violet) is used during Advent is that Advent, like Lent, is considered a penitential season. During these times we are to give special attention to our sins and our need for salvation. Traditionally, Advent … [Read more...]

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Best Advent hymn ever?

Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century -- most Catholics have never even heard of it

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RlMVzsELjK8 Video: Veni Redemptor Gentium The following comes from a December 8 Community in Mission article by Msgr. Charles Pope: For my money, the best Advent hymn ever is Veni Redemptor Gentium (Come Redeemer of the Nations), written by St. Ambrose in the 4th century. It is more widely known by the title “Come Thou Redeemer of the … [Read more...]

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Can you have a humble and holy Christmas and still have fun?

If 17th Century Europe was on the road to perdition over Christmas extravagance, do we have a prayer?

The following comes from a December 1 OC Catholic article by Meg Waters: One of the main reasons the Puritans separated from their Protestant churches and set sail for the New World was their objection to the materialism and general debauchery of the Christmas season. If 17th Century Europe was on the road to perdition over Christmas extravagance, do we have a prayer? Is … [Read more...]

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