What is Advent? According to Merriam Webster's Dictionary, it is "the period beginning four Sundays before Christmas and observed by some Christians as a season of prayer and fasting," and "the coming of Christ at the Incarnation."
"Prayer and fasting." In other words, Advent is action. It's not a dead space between now and Christmas. We are to use this time to actively prepare for the coming of the birth of Christ.
A few years ago, I discovered ten things I didn't know about Advent. At Mass this past Sunday, I learned from Fr. Li's homily that Advent is not only waiting, but the conscience action of our prayer.
In previous Advent seasons, I overwhelmed myself with things to read and pray about. This year, I am doing the 33 Days to Morning Glory (on Amazon and Barnes & Noble) along with my Facebook followers and that's it. The consecration to Mary IS overwhelming, but I'm getting more out of it simply because that's all I'm doing.
What is Advent? Some would say it is what you make of it. Make it a time of action.
God bless and Happy Advent!
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