Each month I host a link-up entitled “3 Reasons I Love Catholicism.” I love hosting this link-up so much, and reading everyone’s take on Catholicism. We’re all different but there are some truly inspiring things about our faith. It feels good to share those things with each other and the world.
This month I decided to take a different spin on it. Advent is my very very favorite time of the liturgical year, and I really wanted to focus on that. I hope to see lots of blogger links this month, so be sure to check back every few days between now and December 24th for more Advent loveliness.
The Latin word kairos means “a time out of time,” or “holy time.” (It contrasts with chronos, which means “ordinary time.”) Advent is the liturgical time of year that most represents the philosophy of kairos to me personally. When I think of Advent, I think of candles lighting darkness. I think of living in that very moment. Advent is the perfect antidote for the poisonous cacophony of the holiday shopping season. It’s an invitiation stronger than any other to keep Christ in Christmas. I share more about this idea at my new Catholic Exchange article titled “The Advent of a Mother’s Heart.”
I’m not very good at keeping traditions in our family in general, but through my love for Advent, Kevin and I have cultivated some really special Advent traditions. Ours include Advent picture books, a Jesse Tree (this year we participated in an ornament exchange and ohmygoodness are they wonderful), an Advent wreath around which we sing this song every evening at dinner:
and a new one for this year (thanks to my incredible in-laws, A Cradle to Cross Wreath:
Right, I know what I said up in number ~1~. But I don’t think living in the moment and anticipation are necessarily mutually exclusive. The time of Advent is special and holy because it is the anticipation of the birth of our Savior. A moment suspended does not necessarily separate it from that which comes before and after. In the article I mentioned above, I talk about how a mother knows how special – and yes, holy – it can be to wait for a child. Advent is that time for us Christians.
More Advent links you may enjoy:
The Advent of a Mother’s Heart – my new article at Catholic Exchange
Advent Booklist – some of the picture books we read during Advent (from last year)
Five Favorites, Advent Edition – some goodies!