It’s starting to feel like Christmas! Decors up, lights blinking endlessly, blasts of Christmas jingles, the smell of bibingka filling the air.
But even before the main event, which is Christmas, it is imperative for us Catholics to take into heart its prequel: the Advent Season.
As said in the Catechism of the Catholic Church, when we celebrate the liturgy of Advent each year, we make present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for the second coming.
Advent signifies new life: a new life in Christ. This newness allows us to invite Jesus into our hearts, which we strive to make fitting abodes for Jesus to rest in. Comprising the four weeks proceeding to Christmas, beginning on the Sunday nearest to the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30), Advent blends a joyful spirit and a repentant spirit (similar to Lent). Aside from rejoicing for the birth of Jesus, we must also remember to be sorry for our sins by going to confession in order to have that fullness of joy as we welcome Jesus.
This Cool Catholics issue sheds light on this liturgical season: why we celebrate it and how we should celebrate it. But to fill up papers and papers for understanding—that we cannot do. It is for you to read up and discover. After all, to be a Cool Catholic means to get educated with the faith. So go on, read up and enjoy the joyride of faith!