John Foley, SJ
Why do we have Advent?
If Christ has already been born, what is this Advent “waiting” about? Have we forgotten that he is already born, and a long time ago?
Advent—A Time to Learn How to Wait
Advent means waiting. It celebrates the idea that the messiah must be born from a virgin. Why? Is sex something unworthy of God?
Getting Ready and Being Blameless
What is it to be blameless in holiness? The answer is in the Second Reading: in order to be ready for Christ at his coming, Christians need to increase in love and abound in it.
Fulfilling God’s Promise
The second coming is also about justice, about God setting things right, about the ransoming of those who “can stand up straight and stand secure before the Son of Man.”
Growth in Love
Discuss “abounding in love” as an effective method of strengthening hearts or eliciting change of any kind. Do you think great change or growth ever happens without love?
And so she lived
until the forge
could no longer hold the fire