Today is Gaudete Sunday; Rejoice Sunday! It is a day for considering all that we as Christians and specifically as a Christian community can rejoice about.
“It is a time to recognise the holes to be filled in our lives, to smooth the roughness of pride and make space for Jesus who is coming,” the pope said.
No doubt traditions at Christmas, like much else in life, has changed. My own childhood memories are of setting up our family crib, without the baby until Christmas night of course, as well as music and singing.
While most Catholics know the season of Advent is roughly four weeks before Christmas, they might not know it has two parts.
Advent is a time to be watchful and alert to the ways one strays from God’s path, but also to signs of his presence in other people and in the beauty
During the four weeks of Advent, the worldwide Church is not idle – here are some of the feasts that are celebrated. It celebrates plenty of major feasts with lots of customs, traditions and even special foods during the month of December.
During Advent, as Christmas nears, we get inundated with messages emphasising the materialism of Christmas. There’s so much to do. It’s easy to succumb
During the weeks before Christmas, Catholic churches stand out for what they are missing. Unlike shops, malls, public buildings and homes that start gearing up for Christmas at least by November, churches appear almost stark save for Advent wreaths and maybe some greenery or white lights.
Without hope our path leads to death. But perhaps our hope like canned and looped holiday music has lost some of its lustre. After 20 years, 40 years and 60 years this same call to hope may have us either yawning or gritting our teeth.
A charming mystery accompanies the joyful liturgical season of Advent: it is that irresistible spirit of waiting and expectation, longing for something—or somebody — great to appear on stage
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The Star is a delightful animated version of the Christmas story told from the perspective of some of the animals present in the manger. It opens in South Africa on November 17