Update: http://raisinglittlesaints.blogspot.com/2012/12/a-colossal-set-of-resources-for-advent.html What a great homeschooling FSSP promoting Catholic mom’s blog! Totally cool!
The screen shot of the results to the now closed poll from last year indicate a lingering question regarding the pastoral advisability of Christmas parties during Advent. My contention was and is that this is jumping the gun, destroying the stressed expectation of the Redeemer felt by the those who were religiously oppressed just before the coming of our Lord and Savior, the sense of which is hard to get when we celebrate Christmas in Advent. The liturgical cycle and the readings for Advent are rich with the spiritual angst we should always be able to appreciate even in the best of times, but express outwardly during such appropriate times as Advent. Doing something with our bodies goes a long way in demonstrating where we are in spirit.
Last year at this time I wrote about this. Clicking on that link will bring you not only the article, but also the rather lively comments in the comments box. Yikes!
This year, another poll, with a difference. The very Catholic Bishop of the great Diocese of Charlotte, the Most Rev. Peter Joseph Jugis, is having not a Christmas Party, but rather an Advent Dinner for his priests. Totally cool. Fraternity without destroying eager expectation. There are ways to do this. We only need use our Catholic imaginations as spurred on by our Catholic identities, no? Am I wrong? Even already advertised programs could be adjusted for a surprise encounter with tradition, no? Am I wrong? Here’s the poll. Choose your answer and provide, if you would, an explanation or suggestion in the comments box.
Also, let us know what is happening in your parishes, with your scout troops, with your offices and businesses.
No need to be defensive about what is going on anywhere at the moment. Be of good cheer! Be of good heart! It takes time to nudge a culture to express better its would-be deepest identity if it be enthusiastically Catholic.
If you do vote in the negative, tell us why!
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