Advent is a wake-up call to the Church, a time when we’re prodded into beginning again, taking more notice of our spiritual surroundings, once again getting going on the work of the kingdom in the world. For some of us, if we’ve neglected the spiritual side of our lives, this wake-up call is going to jar us into awareness, and at times we will want to pull a metaphorical pillow over our heads and pretend that it’s still dark. For others of us, it’s a welcome opportunity for a fresh start.
—from the book Advent with St. Francis: Daily Reflections
by Diane M. Houdek