Yes, Advent, not merry Christmas…not yet anyway.
Advent is a time for preparation, a time of expectant waiting for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus. With this ‘preparation’ comes the mindfulness of what Christmas really is. It is not just the parties and decorations, or the lights and the glitter, or the gift giving, but rather it is about the ultimate gift that God has given to us, it is about the birth of Jesus…and it is a holy day.
Here at the Salesian Center, we still have a few weeks to go before Christmas arrives (and the end of the semester) and there's plenty going on! During this time of ‘preparation’ we invite you to take part in one of our free Salesian Online Advent courses running from Dec. 2 through Dec. 22. (►learn more)
In the meantime we pray that this Advent season will be for you a chance to look forward to the great event that, in the Salesian tradition as explained by Fr. Alexander Pocetto, "stresses the eternal possibilities of all that is genuinely human."
And when it does arrive, REJOICE!
Fr. Thomas Dailey, OSFS
"A specific priority is the need to examine the predominant values and norms of modern society and culture in a Christian perspective, and the responsibility to try to communicate to society those ethical and religious principles which give full meaning to human life."
- Pope John Paul II
Ex corde Ecclesiae #33