Advent & Christmas: The Question of the Year

“Advent and the Christmas season show us life in its essence. In it, we are brought face-to-face with life stripped down and effulgent at the same time, simple and radiant at once. Here in the Child is promise and meaning, purpose and potential. ‘I’m bringing you,’ the angel says, ‘good news of great joy for all the people: to you is born this day… a Savior, who is the Messiah, the Lord” (Luke 2:10-11). The question with which the liturgical year confronts us at the beginning of the season, then, is a direct one: what does the life of Jesus now mean to us? How is this life affecting our own? Are we ourselves living both the promises and the potential?”

– Joan Chittister, The Liturgical Year: The Spiraling Adventure of the Spiritual Life

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