Second Sunday of Advent Year A

Grant me chastity and continence, but not yet.
(St Augustine)

Advent is the time to take the barnacles off my Catholic bottom – the obstacles that keep me from being enthusiastic in my faith and hope and love, too sophisticated to love God with all my mind and heart, all my soul and strength, too self-centred to love my brothers and sisters as much as I love myself.
(Walter J Burghardt)

Deep level change isn’t going to happen just because you know something in your head. Being effective at “changing your mind” requires taking steps to train your heart that it is right, good, and safe to turn and draw near to God. You have to take steps to calm your fears and build your faith. You have to become a teacher and your own heart has to become your student. By this, you can change from the inside out.
(Jacinto Caudrelier)


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