“Today Advent is perhaps more about already celebrating Christmas than it is about preparing for it,” says Fr. Ron Rolheiser, OMI, a noted book author, columnist and speaker.
“Many of us arrive at Christmas tired, running, distracted, and already fatigued with the lights, songs, and celebrations of Christmas. Advent is meant to be a time of preparation for Christmas; but for many of us it is not exactly a time for the kind of preparation that enables Christ (to) be born more deeply in our lives,” he says.
Instead, Advent is more a time for us to focus on checking off items on our longer-than-usual To Do Lists. After all, there is so much to do!
Father Rolheiser offers some encouraging words – and much wisdom – for those of us who find ourselves seriously distracted, even overwhelmed, as Advent unfolds and Christmas rapidly approaches.
READ FR. ROLHEISER’S ADVICE FOR COPING WITH – AND CELEBRATING – THE SEASON