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calledtoministry This past weekend I spent my time reading and listing to Catholic radio. Of course I cleaned the house, did my wash and other such tasks, but I spent a lot of time sitting and reading. It was nice, I have not had a lot of time to do that, or should I say I have not made time to do that.

Note: Cross posted from STATIC Youth’s Weblog.

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Life can come at you fast, especially during the Holiday session. With all the demands place you it seems that everyone wants a piece of you. It can feel that your time is not yours. During this time of year it is a good idea to take a moment and stop to refresh yourself, to take stock of your life.

The Catholic Faith has a session called Advent, it’s the 4 weeks before Christmas, and it’s a time to prepare for the birth of our Lord. We are to take stock of our lives, clear out all the dead spots and refresh them with the light of Christ.

Now I know not everyone believes in God, and some do but not in the Catholic faith, but the Advent session can but done anytime of the year, by anyone, just set aside one month, and use that month to take stock in your life. Use it to purge out the junk and fill it with goodness.

I would also recommend that you truly look in to the Catholic Faith, discover her history and beauty. Look in to her teachings, and find a home in the Church Christ built. But if you choose not to, that’s ok; Advent can still be a time of preparation for you, a time to prepare for the new you.

Christmas time offers us so much; it’s a time to see the goodwill of human kind, a time to feel the spirit of kindness and a time to show your love to all you meet. Use the remaining weeks to open your soul to the magic of the session, and to look deep into yourself, create a new you, one that is filled with kindness, understanding and love for all of creation.

Paul

 

Advent

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia

Advent (from the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”) is a season of the Christian church, the period of expectant waiting and preparation for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus; in other words, the period immediately before Christmas. It is the beginning of the Western liturgical year and commences on Advent Sunday. The Eastern churches begin the liturgical year on 1 September.[1] The Eastern Christian equivalent of Advent is called the Nativity Fast but it differs both in length and observances.

The progression of the season may be marked with an Advent calendar, a practice introduced by German Lutherans. At least in the Roman Catholic calendar, Advent starts on the fourth Sunday before December 25; in other words, the Sunday between November 27 and December 3 inclusive.

Latin adventus is the translation of the Greek word parousia, commonly used in reference to the Second Coming. Christians believe that the season of Advent serves a dual reminder of the original waiting that was done by the Hebrews for the birth of their Messiah as well as the waiting that Christians today endure as they await the second coming of Christ.

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