A couple of years ago Pope Benedict XVI shared in a general audience before Christmas something that continues to come back to me in Advent:
“In the night of the world, let us still allow ourselves to be surprised and illuminated by this coming, by the Star which, rising in the East, has inundated the universe with joy. Let us purify our minds and our lives from everything that contrasts with this coming – thoughts, words, attitudes and actions – spurring ourselves on to do good and to help bring peace and justice to our world for all men and women, and thus to walk towards the Lord”.
Catechesis for Today:
~ The Advent and Christmas season will come and go but being illuminated and lead by Christ must be a constant goal for followers of Christ. In our catechesis may we always seek to bring that wonder and joy that helps illuminate the riches of our Catholic Faith.
~ This image of purifying our minds and our lives from everything that contrasts with His coming is key for every Christian disciple. May we spiritually seek to do this not only as we welcome into our hearts the Savior at the remembrance of His birth, but know that he will come again and we must be purified and ready! There will be great spiritual benefit assisting those we catechize understand this.
~ Bringing peace and justice into the world for most of us is on the grassroots level – in our homes, work places, and our interactions with those in our community. We bring not just peace from war but peace that is from God drawing others closer to Christ and His law of love. Justice needs to be worked for and for most of us, seeking to love as Christ loves, seeking to serve as He would serve, seeking to treat others with respect, gratitude and joy is what will help us live justly.
“In the Night of the World…Be surprised and illuminated by his coming!”
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A Wanderer says
What excellent guiding words! Advent (not Christmas mind you) has always been my favorite time because it is a time of preparation and reflection on what we have and what can be achieved. Thank you for sharing Pope Benedict XVI’s wisdom.
William O'Leary says
Thanks for commenting. I’m glad you were encouraged by Pope Benedict’s words!!!