September 27, 2023

2022 Advent Reflections from CBC High School

Advent, Advent Reflections
The students, faculty and staff of Christian Brothers College High School offer a reflection for each day of Advent.
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2022 Advent Reflections from CBC High School 3

Advent Reflections: The Introduction

As always, the Church begins a new year with the start of the season of Advent. While much of the world starts a new year on January 1, for the Church, the new year begins earlier. This year the new year begins on the first Sunday of Advent, November 27. Some parts of Advent are familiar: the Advent wreath, Advent calendars, and the colors purple and pink. But what is this season all about?

Well, there are really two aspects to the season. First, there is the sense of anticipation and preparation. But this is not a preparation for Christmas, but a preparation designed to focus our attention on the Second Coming of Jesus. Second, there is our recalling the miraculous Incarnation, which is the celebration of Christmas.

The season is, then, about the beginning of the Messiah’s arrival on earth and the end of time when Jesus returns in all his glory in his Second Coming. So the season is an interplay between the “already here” (the arrival of Jesus) and the “not yet fully realized” (the Second Coming of Jesus).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church says this: “When the Church celebrates the liturgy of Advent each year, she makes present this ancient expectancy of the Messiah, for by sharing in the long preparation for the Savior’s first coming, the faithful renew their ardent desire for his second coming. By celebrating the precursor’s birth and martyrdom, the Church unites herself to his desire: “He must increase, but I must decrease.” (524)

There are also liturgical changes we will see. Many churches have an Advent wreath. People will notice the priest wearing purple vestments (or violet if you prefer). The one exception to purple vestments may be Gaudete Sunday (the third Sunday of Advent), when the priest wears pink (or rose if you prefer). Gaudete Sunday is why one of the candles on the wreath is pink. It is also the case that the Gloria is not said. Gaudete is the imperative form of the verb, to rejoice, and so Gaudete Sunday is Rejoice Sunday.

The Season of Advent is a special time where the celebration of the Sacrament of Confession is made more available. Many parishes have communal celebrations with the chance to celebrate the sacrament individually. This serves as a reminder that preparing our soul is the best way to prepare for the coming of Jesus.

The Friar is focusing on four actions: pray, prepare, watch and act. There will be ways on this website to find more information about how to do each. In terms of praying, preparing and watching, one thing is below. Once again, we are making available reflections written by educators and students.

Each day during the season of Advent there will be posted a reflection written by the students, faculty, or staff at Christian Brothers College High School. Go to the CBC web page, cbchs.org for each day’s reflection. If you would like to listen to an audio podcast of each reflection, visit thefriar.org. Have a happy Advent!

The first reflection will be posted close to the first Sunday of Advent.

November 27, 2022 Two Questions: Who Is God? Who Am I?

November 28, 2022 Absolute Trust in God or Freak Out

November 29, 2022 The Powerful Lessons of Second Grade

November 30, 2022 A Simple Lesson

December 1, 2022 What to do when things feel like they are all crashing down

December 2, 2022 Gloom and Darkness: Can Things Get Better?

December 3, 2022 Lost and alone: Sometimes that is the best place to start

December 4, 2022 Tying it all together

December 5, 2022 Faith does not spring from the miracle but the miracle from faith

December 6, 2022 Making Room for the Reckless Love of God

December 7, 2022 To whom can you liken me as an equal?

December 8, 2022 The Immaculate Conception is also about Us

December 9, 2022 Are you smarter than God?

December 10, 2022 Sometimes the strange are prophetic

December 11, 2022 How to be prepared

December 12, 2022 An ordinary person becomes God’s messenger

December 13, 2022 The Lord Hears the Cry of the Poor

December 14, 2022 The place of the Cross in the Life of a Christian

December 15, 2022 Rescued by the Lord

December 16, 2022 Rejoice: Your Salvation is about to come

December 17, 2022 The Importance of King David

December 18, 2022 Do You Like What You See?

December 19, 2022 God Can Never Be Outdone

December 20, 2022 How can this be?

December 21, 2022 God just can’t wait

December 22, 2022 My heart exults

December 23, 2022 What are you expecting?

December 24, 2022 Blessed Be the Lord

Below is the list of all of the reflections from Advent 2021:

December 22, 2021

December 21, 2021

December 20, 2021

December 19, 2021

December 18, 2021

December 17, 2021

December 16, 2021

December 15, 2021

December 14, 2021

December 13, 2021

December 12, 2021

December 11, 2021

December 10, 2021

December 9, 2021

December 8, 2021

December 7, 2021

December 6, 2021

December 5, 2021

December 4, 2021

December 3, 2021

December 2, 2021

December 1, 2021

November 30, 2021

November 29, 2021

November 28, 2021


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