Posted in Local, tagged advent on December 6, 2010 |
Youth in the diocese got into the spirit of Advent at the High School Advent Celebration Dec. 4 at Infant Jesus, Lumberton.
After celebrating Mass the youth gathered at the parish hall for dinner and a sock hop.
This year the diocesan office of Youth Ministry partnered with Soles 4 Souls, an organization that collects good used shoes and gives them to needy people around the world. Each youth brought a pair or more to the event.
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Posted in CNS, english, tagged advent, blessings, pope, track on November 30, 2009 |
By Cindy Wooden Catholic News Service
Pope Benedict XVI waves to the crowd from his apartment window during his Angelus address on the first Sunday of Advent in St. Peter's Square at the Vatican Nov. 29. (CNS photo/Tony Gentile, Reuters)
VATICAN CITY (CNS) — Advent should be a time when Christians keep track of the little blessings they receive each day, blessings that are signs of God’s love, Pope Benedict XVI suggested.
“To keep a kind of ‘inner diary’ of this love would be a beautiful and healthy task,” the pope said Nov. 28 as he celebrated evening prayer to mark the beginning of Advent.
God enters the life of each and every person, Pope Benedict said.
But in daily life, most people seem “to have little time for the Lord and little time even for ourselves. One ends up being absorbed in doing things,” he said.
Taking a little time each day to recognize signs of God’s love reminds people that “God is here; he has not withdrawn from the world; he has not left us alone,” the pope said.
Pope Benedict said that if people live each day with their eyes open to the signs of God’s presence, they will be filled with joy as they await the final coming of the Lord.
The pope spoke about waiting and about Advent hope during his noon Angelus address Nov. 29.
“The contemporary world needs hope above all; people living in developing countries need it, but those in economically advanced countries do, too,” he said. (more…)
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