". . .Those of a certain (my) age remember the designation of Advent's Third Sunday as 'Gaudete Sunday' - a welcome reminder that Advent's expectant austerity is a joyful austerity. A salutary reminder more urgent in this time of enforced austerity, both physical and spiritual.
"Yet the perennial challenge, whether in times of stress or (ever
relative) security, is to appropriate personally the new life that Jesus
offers, that Jesus is. In terms so central to Saint John Henry Newman's
preaching and writing: how are we to pass from a merely 'notional' to a 'real' understanding and experience of the saving truths of the faith?
In the case of the entrance antiphon of [the Third Sunday of Advent] liturgy: how make real
for ourselves that the Lord is truly near and that abiding in him is
cause of exceeding joy?"
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The Catholic Thing: Savoring B&B During Advent (13 DEC 20)