The tone of the third Sunday of Advent, Gaudete Sunday, is set by the coming joyful days of Christmas, which the Advent season awaits.

The entire notion of joy mystifies many. Pope Francis’ words offer insight into the true meaning of joy.

Along with joy, Advent anticipates new life. A mother and writer describes the similarities between pregnancy and Advent, reflecting on her own experience and the Virgin Mary’s.

Finally, Advent calls God’s people to patience and looks to the stories of people in the Old and New Testaments who awaited the fulfillment of God’s promise.

Advent joy for imperfect Christians

Surprised by new life at Advent

A people of patience