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Tuesday, November 22

Blue Like Advent


We are coming up on the new year in the Church, the Advent season. It seems somehwere in the 20th century, Montgomery Ward got St. Nick and in the process Advent was taken to the mall as well.

So, instead of self-examination and meditation on the Incarnation and the triumphant second return of Christ, which was Advent's original purpose (Advent is known as Nativity Lent in some traditions), Advent is not even on the radar screen. Now we go shopping.

Wouldn't it be something if Christians returned to Advent and brought out, say, Matthew 25 for perusing and contemplation. Perhaps we'd get back to our roots and maybe save our souls in the process.

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4 Comments:

  1. Blogger Dan Trabue said...

    This Friday (the day after T-Day) is Buy Nothing Day. It's a great chance to strike a blow against the commercialization of Christ by simply not buying.

    A link, if you don't mind, padre:

    http://www.buynothingday.org/

    Happy Thanksgiving, all!

    3:14 PM, November 23, 2005  
  2. Blogger voixdange said...

    I avoid shopping today regardless...I'm just not a stand in line kind of gal.

    7:50 AM, November 25, 2005  
  3. Anonymous Morpheus said...

    The blue Advent vestments and altar dressing this morning made me think of this post, Fr. Neo.

    7:41 PM, November 27, 2005  
  4. Blogger Michael Robinson said...

    Commercialism of Christmas has always beem a complaint with many Christians. Now retailers are saying that they want nothing to do with Christmas. This is actually a blessing in disguise.

    Perhaps this is a good time for believers to deemphase Christmas consumerism and seek the deeper meaning of Advent.

    7:06 PM, December 01, 2005  

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