Advent: The Coming of Christ


“The liturgy of Advent … helps us to understand fully the value and meaning of the mystery of Christmas. It is not just about commemorating an historical event, which occurred some 2,000 years ago … Instead, it is necessary to understand that the whole of our life must be an ‘advent,’ a vigilant awaiting of the final coming of Christ. To predispose our minds to welcome the Lord …  we must learn to recognize him as present in the events of daily life. Therefore, Advent is, so to speak, an intense training that directs us decisively toward him who already came, who will come, and who comes continuously.”

Pope St John Paul II, 2002

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