Those of us in violence-plagued neighborhoods look forward to winter's reprieve. Our teenagers understand Advent waiting all too well.
It’s an odd year for my family. My parents, 88 and 89, have lived rich and full lives, and my husband, children and I have shared holidays large and small with them. But this year they are confined to rooms in a nursing home.
Patience is not one of our stronger characteristics. A flight delay or traffic jam can become an emotional and physical crisis.
Whenever I attend Catholic mass during Advent, as I did last weekend, I’m always struck by how it is simply assumed—how it’s a liturgical . . . no, an ontological given—that Christmas is nowhere yet in sight.
Advent is the season of the showing.
As the second Sunday in advent approaches, I find the prophets of the season compelling. To my ears, their message sounds pretty consistent: "Change the ways of this world."
Darkness does not come from a different place than light; it is not presided over by a different God.
I'm particularly eager for Advent this year. Perhaps it's because recent world events have been so relentlessly grim.
I decided our family's Christmas would be simple and spirit-centered. Green to parenting, I defined spiritual as anything that allowed me a minute to reflect on what, beyond the laundry, mattered.
Patience is not one of my virtues, as those closest to me know. I want answers now, clarity now, unresolved issues settled now, anxiety lifted now.
Bring it on, commerce.
Micah 5:2-5a (Luke 1:46b-55 or Psalm 80:1-7); Hebrews 10:5-10; Luke 1:39-45, (46-55)
Zephaniah 3:14-20 (Isaiah 12:2-6); Philippians 4:4-7; Luke 3:7-18