Advent: Why and How?

Clarifying Catholicism

By Aidan McIntosh, Catholic University of America

Welcome to Advent Reflections at Clarifying Catholicism! Throughout this season of Advent, we will be posting a variety of reflections from our writers on all different topics concerning this preparational time for the Coming of our Lord. We hope you enjoy! If you would like to commission an article on a specific topic, please head to the Contact Page.


“But Ahaz answered, “I will not ask! I will not tempt the LORD!” Then he said: Listen, house of David! Is it not enough that you weary human beings? Must you also weary my God?

Therefore the Lord himself will give you a sign; the young woman, pregnant and about to bear a son, shall name him Emmanuel.” (Isaiah 7:12-14)

The end of the year and that clustered stretch of time between late November and Christmas is one of great excitement in the secular…

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Advent Traditions…Preparing The Way

Noteworthy Mommy

This past Sunday marked the beginning of Advent, the liturgical season where Christians prepare and anticipate the coming of Christ by celebrating His birth on Christmas and looking forward to the day we will see Him again. This year Advent is going to look a bit different and I’m going to dearly miss some favorite church traditions like Advent By Candlelight, Family Advent Night and Advent services led by school children. As the pandemic continues, our traditions are forced to be altered and a little bit of sadness creeps into a season usually filled with cheer.

Instead of concentrating on what is missing this year, I am focusing on the gifts God has given me. More quality time with my family of three has allowed us to try new activities and as a result, the beginning of new traditions. Without the parties and added distractions, I am taking more time…

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Little Women: A Book Review of the Classic Novel

The Wordsmith's Pen

Little Women is a classic for a reason. It has been on my to read list for years, especially since I adore the movie. Fierce Jo, sweet Beth, beautiful Meg, and refined Amy. These four girls captured my heart in the film and they did even more so in the book (which is really no surprise).

Little Women follows the March family during the Civil War and after. While their father is away as a chaplain for the North, Mrs. March and her four girls do their best to live happy, productive lives in Concord, MA. The past years had seen a drastic reduction of their income, but they remain happy, caring, and thoughtful people despite their relative poverty.

My favorite character is not in fact Jo, though I love her dearly and she is often seen as the main character. Actually, my favorite character is Mrs. March. She raises…

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ദിവ്യബലി വായനകൾ Saturday of the 1st week of Advent 

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