Happy New Year! Yes, Advent is the beginning of the Church's liturgical year so we have a new beginning, a fresh start once again. Advent is a countercultural season because it is a time that calls for waiting, preparation, patience, waking up and being alert to the ways God is present - all of which we in our society find challenging!
As the pace of life picks up as we go about shopping, decorating, hosting and attending parties, baking Christmas goodies, let's remember "the reason for the season". God's incredible gift of becoming one of us to share our life fully so we could come to share God's life more fully is worth all our preparations. Jesus comes again and again into our lives; we want to be ready. Let's stop and think about that amidst all our busyness.
Advent is a special season and we will be lifting you and all your intentions and your family members in our prayers as we quietly prepare to celebrate the great mystery of the Incarnation.
Ninth gift: Self-control Self-control begins with choice. The choices we make in life will ultimately determine who we become. The wisdom of the Ancient One says, “I am now giving you the choice between life and death, between God’s blessing and God’s curse, and I call heaven and earth to witness the choice you make. […]