With only two weeks before Christmas and halfway through the penitential season of Advent, Christians take time to celebrate joy, as our package of resources from our partner Catholic News Service shows:

Ferris Bueller’s Advent prayer
Remember the line, “Life moves pretty fast. If you don’t stop and look around once in a while, you could miss it”? That 1986 movie reminds us to slow down as we get ready for Christmas by preparing to choose joy.

Say it again, St. Paul: ‘Rejoice!’
The Third Sunday of Advent speaks of the mixture of joy and sadness in life. The hymns of this season remind us of the promises already fulfilled in Jesus’ coming, so we should reflect this joy in how we sing.

Watch an Advent video here: