Sunday 2nd December begins the season of Advent, a short period of almost four weeks leading up to Christmas. Unfortunately it also coincides with the commercial and secular pressure to become involved with the clamorous proclamation of internet shopping, high street sales, questions as to when does the Christmas tree go up and the lights come on? and then there is the social celebration of ‘Christmas’ with little if any notion of what ‘Christmas’ is about. If we are honest with ourselves we can all fall victim to devotions centred on what we want rather than on what we need.

At the heart of Advent is the reminder to us all that that we are waiting on God and the season encourages us to centre our daily lives on God. Instead of the tree our attention can turn towards the wreath with a candle for each Sunday of Advent. It helps us to count down the time leading up to Christmas and to pause prayerfully for a moment, preparing ourselves to receive Our Lord in our hearts and minds that day. Making a simple wreath for the home, or simply arranging four candles to light can become a useful focal point for our family to gather together in prayer during this season.

I pray that as a community we will help each other to nurture such moments each day during Advent and as we come to Christmas be ready to celebrate the birth of Christ, to give thanksgiving that everything of value does not have to happening here and now and that in our personal moments of joy or sorrow we can be filled with the hope the season of Advent can nurture us with when we pause to pray and reflect.

God Bless,

 Fr. Desmond


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