You can listen to the podcast of this weeks full programme HERE.
You can listen to Fr Frank's reflection excerpted from the main programme HERE.
Advent - Season of hope, waiting and conversion
Fr Frank Duhig reflects on Advent - Adventus - and how it is a season to reflect on the comings of Christ and our need to recover space for Advent so we can truly appreciate Christmas. Quoting St Bernard he reminds us of the "three advents" of Christ. He named as first that advent which has already happened in historical time and space and which we now commemorate each Christmas, the one in which Christ entered the world through the womb of Mary to "seek and to save that which was lost". The third is the parousia, the advent in which Christ will come to judge the living and the dead, and to take us to himself. Then Bernard explained the second, or middle, advent as the "time of visitation" by which Christ is now present and active in each of our lives. Daily he is at work in us through grace to transform us into his image and likeness and to bring us salvation and healing from the sin, difficulties, sicknesses, and human frailties of our everyday lives."
Advent is a time to reflect on the restlessness which is within us as we wait and prepare to allow the coming of Jesus into our hearts so we can begin to assuage the deep longing at our hearts core that longing which St Augustine described as “Thou hast made us for thyself, O Lord, and our heart is restless until it finds its rest in thee.”
- Hymns for Advent
- Advent Calendar - from Irish Episcopal Conference
- Advent Resources 1 - Ignatian Spirituality
- Advent Resources 2 - Ignatian Spirituality
- Advent online retreat - Days of Deepening Friendship
- The Path of Life - Adventus: I am coming soon
- Advent in a Time of Crisis
- The Advent of Advent
(based on Mark 13: 33-37)
and orders the gatekeeper to be on the watch….”
paths rugged, packed
cool trails with running streams.
let us never stop watching
for you, O Lord.
Come to us.
Show your face
in everyone we meet
Reflections on this weeks gospel:
Word on Fire
Centre for Liturgy
Liturgical odds and ends
Saints of the Week
December 1 - Blessed Charles de Foucauld
December 2 - Blessed John van Ruysbroeck
December 3 - St Francis Xavier
December 4 - Blessed Mór of Pécs
December 5 - Saint Christina of Markyate (First Friday)
December 6 - St Nicholas (First Saturday)
Pope's Intentions for December
- Christmas, hope for humanity. That the birth of the Redeemer may bring peace and hope to all people of good will.
- Parents. That parents may be true evangelizers, passing on to their children the precious gift of faith.