Happy New Liturgical Year everyone! With the start of the season of Advent we begin our preparations for Christmas. Advent is a time of waiting, a time of preparation, and a time of spiritual renewal. I know it can be a struggle to slow things down during Advent, especially as the preparations for Christmas can increase our stress levels. Between house decorations, gift buying, family gatherings, and Christmas cards mailings, we can lose ourselves in the business. Please consider slowing things down during this time by focusing on the essentials, and leaving some of the extra fluff for others. For example: buying gifts is a wonderful endeavour that lets us be generous and thoughtful, but perhaps we don’t need to chase every sale and every great deal that is advertised. It is better to do a few essential things well, than to do many things poorly. Let’s take the time to spend quality time with each other and with Jesus in prayer. Perhaps a few extra visits to the church, kind words with our neighbours, and a phone call to a distant family member can make this Season of Advent extra special. Blessed Advent my beloved friends.
Fr. Wojtek Kuzma