Advent is a time of preparation for the celebration of Christmas. The term is an anglicized version of the Latin word adventus, meaning “coming”. It begins four Sundays before Christmas and ends on Christmas Eve, thus there is some variation in its length.
Advent is traditionally a season of expectation and hope. And yet, it often gets overlooked as an important part of Christmas in the flurry that leads up to it. Preparing for Christmas is just as important as celebrating it. Here are some simple and easy ways to recognizing Advent as a separate and cherished season as you prepare for Christmas.
Focus on the journey, not the destination. Joy is found not in finishing an activity but in doing it.
— Greg Anderson
Continue reading “Keeping Advent Simple …”
The universe unfolds in God, who fills it completely.
Hence, there is a mystical meaning to be found in a leaf,
in a mountain trail, in a dewdrop,
in a poor person’s face. Continue reading “A Prayer For Our Earth …”
For the laughter of the children,
For my own life breath,
For the abundance of food on this table,
For the ones who prepared this sumptuous feast, Continue reading “Cultivating Gratitude (Thanksgiving Prayers) …”
Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at His disposition, and listening to His voice in the depth of our hearts.
— Mother Teresa from Mother Teresa: In My Own Words
Continue reading “The Desert …”
You arrived as a ripple of change emanating
from an original, unstoppable,
memory, a then made now,
entirely yourself, found now in the world,
now as creator of that world. Continue reading “The Wave …”
As we walk into words that have waited for us to enter them, so
the meadow, muddy with dreams, is gathering itself together
and trying, with difficulty, to remember how to make wildflowers.
Imperceptibly heaving with the old impatience, it knows
for certain that two horses walk upon it, weary of hay. Continue reading “The Meadow and Prayer …”
Contemplative prayer allows you to fall into the safety net of divine silence, which alone is big enough to contain all the contradictions of life.
— Richard Rohr (from Daily Meditations for September 7-13, 2014) Continue reading “Examen Prayer …”
The further I wake into this life, the more I realize that God is everywhere and the extraordinary is waiting quietly beneath the skin of all that is ordinary. Continue reading “God Is Everywhere …”
A new religious statue in the town of Davidson, N.C., is unlike anything you might see in church.
Continue reading “Jesus The Homeless …”