- Aug 4, 2021
Despite the pandemic-related dearth of holiday parties and typical social engagements that — for many — stuff the weeks before Christmas, Jolene Gerads said she’s feeling a special excitement about this year’s Advent.
The Church is overflowing in ideas on how each of us can deepen in our relationship with Jesus Christ.
By forcing the world to see the reality of death, the COVID-19 pandemic also gives people an opportunity to reflect on what is truly important in life, the preacher of the papal household told Pope Francis and his aides.
The global pandemic and new limits on daily activities present a special time for a renewal of faith and the opportunity to deepen appreciation for Jesus in daily life, bishops across the country said in messages for the Advent season.
Opening the Church’s season of Advent, Pope Francis Sunday celebrated Mass with a crop of new cardinals he elevated yesterday, warning against the temptations of mediocrity and indifference and touting prayer and charity as the remedy.
How can believers both recall a historical event, while also prepare for a future event, in which time and space as we know them will end? Is there a middle ground or a still point between the two?
To suddenly be in the very locale, in the very place, where the recorded events occurred can move even the strongest believer to an unimagined and even stronger faith.
Putting up a Nativity scene before Christmas is a reminder to stop and remember what Christmas is really about and to prepare one’s heart like a manger for the coming of Christ, Pope Francis said.