Advent 2020

Advent Reflections & Resources

Liturgically speaking, Advent is our New Year. It is the beginning of the Church calendar, as well as the time that we prepare for the coming of Our Lord at Christmas. This year, we are pleased to share brief reflections for the Sundays of Advent to watch or download for listening offline. We hope these reflections give you consolation and peace this season.

First Sunday of Advent

In this week’s reflection, Fr. Cristian Mendoza talks about the role of memory in cultivating hope and invites us to bring our difficulties to the Lord with great expectation.

Advent is not really another Lent. It is something different.

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Fr. Cristian Mendoza, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Fr. Cristian Mendoza, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Father Cristian Mendoza is associate professor of Catholic Social Doctrine in the School of Theology at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome. He also teaches a course regarding the economic dimension of the Catholic Church at the School of Church Communications. Since 2006, he has been a member of the Holy Cross Promotion and Development Department and serves as a liaison in Rome for various foundations and sponsoring associations in Belgium, Chile, Colombia, France, Mexico, the United States and Spain.

Second Sunday of Advent

In this week’s reflection, Fr. Robert Gahl reminds us that Advent is a time of certainty. We are anticipating the coming of Christ. He will come and he has come.

We ought not forget that Advent . . . is really a reciprocal meeting — a rendezvous where God comes to us.

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Fr. Robert Gahl, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Fr. Robert Gahl, Pontifical University of the Holy Cross, Rome

Robert Gahl is an Associate Professor of Ethics in the School of Philosophy of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross (Santa Croce), the Vice Director of the Markets, Culture, and Ethics (MCE) Research Centre, founding Vice Chair of the Program of Church Management, and a Research Affiliate at Harvard’s Human Flourishing Program.

Third Sunday of Advent

In this week’s reflection, Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP,  teaches us that God is leading us and where He is leading us, there are surprises. 

Hope is the adapting of our will to the mystery that God is unfolding in our lives.

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Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP

Fr. Wojciech Giertych, OP

Fr. Wojciech Giertych, a Polish Dominican who is the Theologian of the Papal Household and a professor in the Pontifical University of St. Thomas, the Angelicum in Rome. He lives in the Vatican.

Fourth Sunday of Advent

In this week’s reflection Fr. Luis Navarro reminds us that Mary’s faith is a faith that leads to trust God, hence her ‘yes’ at the Annunciation. Examining our own faith, we must ask ourselves if it leads us to trust in God. If not, this is the perfect time to correct course. If so, it is also the perfect time to deepen that faith and trust.

The Church is guiding us . . . the Gospels are preparing you to meet Jesus.

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Fr. Luis Navarro

Fr. Luis Navarro

Fr. Luis Navarro is Rector of the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome.

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