Happy Advent!

The season of Advent is a hidden treasure in the Church.  In the secular world, at best they say Merry Christmas or to be more politically correct, Happy Holidays.

For Catholic Christians, Advent is a mini Lent that helps us prepare for Our Lord’s arrival on Christmas.  A time for increased prayer and mortification.

“Look up, and lift up your heads, because your redemption is at hand,” we have just read in the Gospel. This time of Advent is a time for hope. These great horizons of our christian vocation, this unity of life built on the presence of God our Father, can and ought to be a daily reality.”  Christ is passing by, # 11

Advent is a great time to go to Eucharistic Adoration or maybe a daily Holy Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Cotati, CA, or your local parish, if your work or school schedule permits.

Confessionis always a great idea to prepare yourself to receive our Lord in Holy Communion also.

Or maybe pick up a good spiritual book from one of the Saints.

May this Advent season bring us closer to Our Lord this Christmas.