US Catholic Faith in Real Life

An art meditation for the fourth week of Advent

Advent is about joyous anticipation, but it is also about preparing for Christ's return.

By John Christman |
Article Your Faith

At the threshold of Christmas, our last days of Advent focus on two strong mothers, Elizabeth and Mary. Mothers whose strength in the face of challenges and hardships has been the source of strength for people throughout the centuries. Mothers whose witness of faith made profound impressions upon their children and communities. Mothers who had experienced not only the joy of new life but also the unspeakable tragedy of the execution of their children. Elizabeth and Mary are towering figures of motherhood.

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An art meditation for the second week of Advent

Advent is about joyous anticipation, but it is also about preparing for Christ's return.

By John Christman |
Article Your Faith

The psalmist prophetically proclaims on the second Sunday of Advent, “Justice shall flourish in his time, and fullness of peace forever” (Ps. 72). We may cynically respond in our increasingly polarized and uncharitable times, “Justice and peace for whom?” We may be tempted to respond in such a manner because we are often confronted with situations that speak more of injustice and human suffering.

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