"This year Gaudete Sunday (the Advent Sunday of rejoicing as the feast of Christmas draws near) seems a bit hollow.
"Restrictions on our festive gatherings, questions about Christmas worship, loss of loved ones, frustrations at work . . . the world seems so heavy. The annual November Health and Healthcare Gallup poll shows the struggle many are facing. Americans' rating of their mental health as 'excellent or good' dropped nine points to this year's 76% rating.
"Despite the acceleration of cases of the Coronavirus in the United States and elsewhere, we have to ask: How is our rejoicing real? How can it be authentic?"
recent commentary, Father Patrick Briscoe, O.P.,
reflected on how the joy of the present "does not depend on our feelings, our past, or the circumstances of life," but on our closeness to God.
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Aleteia: Fr. Patrick Briscoe, OP: Rejoice Sunday even in 2020: Here's how to get it right (11 DEC 20)