Every Advent we enter into the life of the Israelites who for centuries waited in great anticipation for the coming of the Messiah. Advent is a time to step back from the busyness of our lives and focus on what is most important - faith and family. The Advent wreath, the beautiful music, the rich liturgical prayers help create a deep desire to once again encounter our Savior.
Advent is fundamentally the season of desire, first of all of God’s desire for us and then of our desire for God. “We have come to know and believe in the love God has for us” (1 Jn. 4:16). All other religions are man’s search for God. Catholicism is God’s search for man. We can neither understand nor celebrate the Advent mysteries in all their fullness, without this fundamental conviction. God desires your love.
Here are some ideas to help you cultivate your desire for God.
May God give each of us a deeper longing and desire to encounter His merciful love this Advent!