In the Sunday Gospel of the second week of Advent, we learn about John the Baptist preaching. It says “the word of God came to John.” How wonderful it is to know that God is a seeker too, perhaps looking for the open hearts in which to communicate to the world. I imagine as John receives God’s word he cannot contain it. He is compelled to do something with this Love and, as the reading says, then John “went throughout the whole region of the Jordan, proclaiming…” a message of repentance, forgiveness, and justice.
Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. It is the Church’s new year and is the time that prepares us for Christmas and the year ahead. Advent is full of mystical themes, rich with meaning and depth.
The word Advent comes from the Latin – Adventus – meaning “coming”. Advent is often seen as a three-fold preparation:
Yet, we live in a culture that is so quick to ignore this preparation, and move into the celebrations of Christmas. It’s mid-September and already stores are filled with Christmas decorations. Hallmark channel begins running Christmas movies in October and Christmas music starts playing on the radio the day after Halloween!
As Christians – particularly Catholics – the culture doesn’t support us as we try to savor the delights of Advent. So…we need to take the time and make the efforts ourselves.
Let us truly take the time this Advent to prepare our hearts and our spirits for the coming of God in in a more mindful and conscious manner.
‘Advent marks the beginning of the liturgical year. It is the Church’s new year and is the time that prepares us for Christmas and the year ahead. Advent is full of mystical themes, rich with meaning and depth.’
During this Advent season, your spirit is beginning to rest and reflect on triumphs this year. Take time to acknowledge your growth and expansion as a natural evolution of your being. Let us continue moving forward with new ideas and new dreams during the changing season.
With this intention we invite you to create a dedicated space in your home or outside for quiet prayer, contemplation, and reflection on the new energy of the season. This area can be as simple as a comfortable chair with a small table, perhaps near a window to gaze on nature.
One way to savor the season is to engage in all your senses. Engaging our senses is another way of being mindful, being fully present in the moment, by paying attention to your body at this place – in this space – at this time.
Many people long to find meaning in their lives, to discover their true selves, and to grow closer to God and others. But sometimes, it’s hard to know just where to start. A directed retreat can help you start the process as you attempt to deepen your relationship with the divine and grow in your own personal spirituality.
We offer a sacred space to assist individuals on their own spiritual journey – whether it is to reconnect with their inner-spirit or whether they are seeking a deeper relationship with God and the world around them. Our programs encourage an awakening of the spirit that leads to hope, healing, peace and transformation.
The Advent Special Issue 2021 is centered on Advent which marks the beginning of the liturgical year. It is the Church’s new year and is the time that prepares us for Christmas and the year ahead. Advent is full of mystical themes, rich with meaning and depth.
Awaken your heart
and feel God's Love.
Be at one with Grace
and the example of joy for all.
Be open to Holy Guidance,
this Advent Season.
Let us truly take the time this Advent to prepare our hearts and our spirits for the coming of God in a more mindful and conscious manner.
November 28, 10:30 a.m.
December 5, 10:30 a.m.
December 12, 10:30 a.m.
December 19, 10:30 a.m.
December 24, CHRISTMAS EVE
December 25, CHRISTMAS DAY
New Years Day
January 1, NEW YEARS DAY
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