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"Advent is my favorite liturgical season"

Advent is my favorite liturgical season. Maybe it comes from my Mom; purple was her favorite color!

I find myself vulnerable to the symbols and songs – it just seems a little easier to pray during this season. The daily Scripture readings fit so well together, and are full of delightful images of what it will be like on the day of the Lord’s coming, like the wolf being the guest of the lamb, the shoot sprouting from the cut-off stump, and the abundant feast of the mountain of the Lord. I sense a longing and eagerness welling up within.

I love the symbolism of the Advent wreath, with its growing light and colors, preparing us to celebrate the coming of the light that dispels all darkness. I love the traditional hymns we sing at this time, longing for Emmanuel; I try to catch the expectant spirit of John the Baptist, Isaiah, and Mary, the Virgin, bearing him.

May our Advent journey prepare a way within us.

–Fr. Jeff Scheeler, OFM

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