Being awake for God and for other people—that is the kind of ‘waking’
that Advent has in mind, the wakefulness that discovers the light and brightens the world.
Joseph Ratzinger (Benedict XVI)
(Rublev’s Christ circa 1420 / Icon from Svenigorod / Julie cook / 2014)
“Advent’s intention is to awaken the most profound and basic emotional memory within us,
namely, the memory of the God who became a child.
This is a healing memory; it brings hope.”
Pope Benedict XVI
(Happy Hanukkah and Advent
to all the brethren and sisters of our collective faiths)