Caitriona Smith 11P
As a practicing Catholic, Advent is a very important time in the Church. The word Advent means “coming”, which is fitting for the purpose of the season. During Advent, we are preparing for Jesus’ coming into the world. However, with the society we have today the true meaning of Advent and Christmas can be forgotten.
Advent is not revolved around Christmas shopping and expensive gifts. Rather, we should be thinking about how we can let Jesus into our lives. During this time, try to listen to the Gospel during Mass more carefully or set aside more time during your day to pray to God. Along with preparing ourselves, we can also do more for others as Jesus would. This could be as simple as starting a conversation with someone or helping others without having to be asked. These acts of kindness can help bring joy into the season in a way of doing so as God would want us to. This goes along the lines of giving rather than receiving because you receive more from giving to others.
Advent is a season of hope, faith, and joy, focused on a time of letting Jesus into our lives, which can be reinforced by growing closer to God and helping others.