Religion Versus Retail: How Are You Preparing for Advent?

“You will be hated by all because of my name,
but not a hair on your head will be destroyed.
By your perseverance you will secure your lives.”

Today’s Gospel contains some very powerful words, but I don’t think I know a Christian or Catholic who hasn’t experienced some kind of hatred for their beliefs.  I think opposition to religion is particularly prominent now because the holidays are emphasizing both religion and the commercial aspects.

There’s a tug of war going on between religion and retail.  Retailers want you to spend your time either coming in the store and spending your money or spending it online.  In Church, we are reminded of the advent of Christ’s birth.

In the Catholic Church, not only are we getting ready for Advent, but we are also focusing on the new Mass parts that will be implemented this Saturday (November 26).  Now we’re actually going to have to pay attention at Mass!  The subtle changes might be missed if you space out for a little while.  I’m usually thinking about dinner, because for some reason, singing makes me ravenous!

I’m doing what I can to stay focused.  Learning the new Mass parts have been helpful and I’ve simplified my shopping list tremendously.  A few clicks on the mouse and I sit back and wait for my good friend, the UPS man.

So what else am I doing to persevere this Advent?  I’m reading.  One of my favorite Facebook pages is Casting Pearls.  They post inspirational books for Nook and Kindle and are part of The Cheap blog.  Tuesday they posted The Magnificat Advent Companion 2011 for Nook for 99 cents!  Bless their little hearts, they were thinking of me!

So I think I’m set, but one more thing:  since we won’t be singing the Gloria for a while, take a listen to this new one.  It’s called Mass of St. Ann by Ed Bolduc and it’s my favorite!

Click here to listen.


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