While the modern world denies that it is in need of salvation, Mary's sinlessness awakes us to the fact that perfection only comes from God. This Advent, as we await the coming of God who became man to destroy the power of sin, meditate on the final line of the Hail Mary, "Pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death."
Just as sin disconnects us from God, Jesus comes to connect us with Him again, by taking us out of hiding and into the presence of His Father. In this blog, Bishop Hugh Gilbert OSB explains that this is done first of all - and most clearly of all - in Mary, who was saved from sin at conception.
He may be associated today with Santa Claus, but St Nicholas really existed! A great tradition has sprung up from the life of this 4th-century Bishop, that children put out their shoes on the eve of his feast and wake up to find them filled with coins. But where did this tradition originate? And why is he associated with Santa?
Help children come to know the real St Nick, the man behind Santa Claus, and to be inspired by his generosity. Once they've learned who he is, help them to bake their very own St Nicholas!
The Gospel for the Second Sunday of Advent makes clear the differences between the Roman rulers and the Incarnate Word. Meditate upon what this Sunday's readings mean for us this Advent in this reflection.
Despite the noise, rush and rowdiness of contemporary Christmasses, there is a link between Advent and silence. There can be no real meeting with God without silence. In this Advent homily from Bishop Hugh Gilbert, be inspired to embrace silence during this season to prepare for the great meeting of God on Christmas Day.