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Life is a constant Advent season: we are continually waiting to become, to discover, to complete, to fulfill. Hope, struggle, fear, expectation and fulfillment are all part of our Advent experience. The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole as we know it can and should be. But the coming of Christ and his presence among us—as one of us—give us reason to live in hope: that light will shatter the darkness, that we can be liberated from our fears and prejudices, that we are never alone or abandoned. May this Advent season be a time for bringing hope, transformation and fulfillment into the Advent of our lives.”
–“Life Is an Advent Season”, CONNECTIONS Magazine, 11-28-93
As you read this passage aloud, think about this line: “The world is not as just, not as loving, not as whole, as we know it can and should be.” But Advent is a time of hope – hope that the world can be better. Make a commitment as a family, starting today, that every day throughout this Advent season, you will do one thing to make your world better. Spend some time as a family talking about what those things might be – recycling more? Fighting less? Going to Mass every Sunday? Donating money to charity? Praying for people in need? Spending time with elderly relatives or friends who are lonely during the holidays?
Say an “Our Father” together and reflect on the things you can do this Advent to bring hope to the people around you.