Spirituality

Prepare way for Jesus who breaks into history and our everyday lives

Msgr. Joseph Prior reflects on the Second Sunday of Advent and the eucharistic celebration in which the God who saves leads us, speaks to us and nourishes us for the journey through life as we long for and anticipate Jesus' return.

Readings of the Holy Mass – Second Sunday of Advent

Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

During Advent, rediscover a place of rest with St. Edith Stein

Killed at Auschwitz, the modern saint found in her sufferings a peace in God despite the fear, terror and unrest of the age in which she lived, writes Lindsey Weishar.

St. Thérèse of Lisieux: My guide through Advent

With its focus on simplicity, the "little way" of the beloved saint is a sure roadmap through this time of hopeful waiting, writes Susan Hines-Brigger.

Chesterton: Advent waiting is a gift

The experience of anticipation gives God room to refine and purify our desires, said G. K. Chesterton -- a message Shemaiah Gonzalez appreciates more than ever amid COVID-19.

Advent is a time recognize Christ is already here, said Merton

While waiting is a central theme of this liturgical season, Trappist monk Thomas Merton stressed the importance of seeing Jesus present in those "for whom there is no room" in this world.

Vigilance can rustle ‘sleepy Christians’ from apathy, pope says

Speaking on the First Sunday of Advent, Pope Francis said vigilance is an important aspect of Christian life because it prevents a person from becoming spiritually lazy, "indifferent to everything except what is comfortable for us,"

Advent resets the world’s ‘cheap price’ on human life

The recent murder of a pregnant neighbor and an array of humanitarian tragedies reveal how little the world values human dignity -- and how great a price Christ, coming as a child, was willing to pay to redeem it, writes Gina Christian.

Advent’s focus on ‘the end’ leads to the Way of life

The renewal of the new liturgical year of Advent calls for preparation for the coming of Jesus and his call to radical love on our pilgrim path, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior.

Readings of the Holy Mass – First Sunday of Advent

Read, listen to or watch videos of the Mass readings with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.