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First Thursday of Advent: Faith in Action

Thursday, December 05, 2013
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First Wednesday of Advent: A banquet

Wednesday, December 04, 2013
Readings: Is 25:6-10A; Ps 23; Mt 15:29-37. Read more

First Tuesday of Advent: Something New

Tuesday, December 03, 2013
Isaiah 11:1-10; Psalm 72:1-2, 7-8, 12-13, 17; Luke 10:21-24. Read more

First Monday of Advent: Christ the Healer and Spiritual Sickness

Monday, December 02, 2013
http://www.usccb.org/bible/readings/120213.cfmReadings: Isaiah 4: 2 - 6; Psalm 122; Matthew 8: 5 - 11  Read more

Advent 2013 - First Sunday

Sunday, December 01, 2013

Popular Piety in Advent: facts, threats and opportunities.

Friday, November 29, 2013
Advent is the opening liturgical season of the Church’s year. It has its own distinct character and popular piety should be informed by it, and lead towards it. In some ways popular piety can be seen as a bridge between the things of God and the things of the world, suffusing the world with Christian truth and values, and lifting the world to God, in praise, offering and an exchange of blessing. As a specific liturgical time, there are forms of popular piety that are specific to Advent, and others that take on a particular hue and mood in Advent. It is a time of waiting, conversion and hope. We wait to celebrate Christmas, the first coming of the Lord in human flesh, while assessing the way in which we wait for his return in glory at the end of time. The former leads us to focus on the past and the memory of salvation history, the latter leads us to focus on hope, if also vigilance and generosity, aware of a coming so glorious it can scarcely be imagined. Conversion, including almsgiving and penance and a focus on simplicity, is how we prepare for the coming of the Lord, be it now or in the future. Read more
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