Peace & Justice

This is the blog of the Commission on Peace and Justice for the Roman Catholic Diocese of Albany, New York.

Tuesday, December 04, 2012

Carmelite Advent 2012

Celebrating Advent with the Carmelites:
For many of us it’s the same story every Christmas. We have every intention of transcending the gaudy consumerism and getting back to the deeper meaning of the season, only to realize later that we’ve spent the weeks leading up to December 25th breathlessly preparing for a stressful holiday instead of anticipating the birth of Jesus.  
Our intentions are good but the problem is that we lack an actual strategy. That’s where can help.  
In “Song of the Soul” Carmelite saint John of the Cross describes his encounter with Christ in terms of being “face to face with love’s own grace.” Advent is a time of preparation when we ready ourselves to meet God incarnate—“love”—in the person of Jesus. This Advent (December 2-December 25), we’re offering our web and Facebook communities the opportunity to reflect on John of the Cross’ insight by spending a few minutes of your day contemplating where you’ve come face to face with love’s grace (God) in your own life.
You can learn more here.

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