The first Sunday of Advent is the beginning of a new liturgical year. Advent is a period of devout and joyful anticipation as we wait for our Savior. Advent is a season to direct our mind and heart to await Christ’s second coming at the end of time. We echo the cry of the early Christians: Maranantha! “Come, Lord Jesus!” The readings during these coming weeks challenge us to live each day in holiness, professing our belief that Christ has come among us and Christ will come again.
For the month of November, the students and faculty will be working on the virtue of generosity. This is a great time of the year to work on this virtue as we enter the holiday season. We enter these next two months always busy with trying to have the ‘perfect’ holiday. We spend time shopping for the ‘right’ present, preparing the favorite foods of the holidays, trying to lose weight before the party, or sometimes getting upset that a family member didn’t show up on time for the Thanksgiving meal. However, the holidays are a time of being together and being thankful and grateful for what we do have, even though it may not be what others have.