Advent: Preparing the way of the Lord, in our hearts and homes

When my wife and I were expecting our first child, we made many preparations as we awaited her birth. Setting up a crib, securing anything that might fall from a wall, and learning about infant development were the mainstays of those 40 weeks. Doing all this not only prepared the way for our daughter, but also refashioned our lives.

Reflections on Advent and Christmas 2015

Advent is a time of waiting and preparing, both for the celebration of Jesus’ birth at Christmas and for his second coming at the end of the world, when he “will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and his kingdom will have no end,” to quote the creed.

Presence, not presents, makes Christmas special 

Christmas is fast approaching. My thoughts, like those of many, have turned to Christmas presents. What would be fun and useful for my team members at Catholic Relief Services? What would not be merely shelved but stay in sight and mind and bring a smile? When would I have time to shop? What about my grown sons, nieces and nephews? And what to buy for so many good friends who do not need anything?

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