Carmel-on-the-Hill Retreat Center to hold Advent gathers

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The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston

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The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston
The Advent wreath, with a candle marking each week of the season, is a traditional symbol of the liturgical period. CNS photo/Lisa A. Johnston

The Advent season begins Sunday, December 1. As Guam Catholics contend with the hustle and bustle of the secular world, there are opportu- nities to gather in serenity and prayer to Our Savior, Jesus Christ.

One of those opportunities will take place atop the beautiful grounds of Malojloj on the Carmel-on-the-Hill Retreat Center.

Organizers invite the faithful to come and spend a few hours of listening, reflecting, and sharing during the first three Sundays of Advent.

The new Liturgical Year commences with the first Sunday of Advent. The Church not only wishes to indicate the beginning of a period, but the beginning of a renewed com- mitment to the faith by all those who follow Christ, the Lord.

This time of prayer and penance that is so powerful, rich, and intense, endeavors to give us a renewed impetus to truly welcome the message of the One who was incarnated for us. In fact, the entire Liturgy of the Advent Season will spur us to an awakening in our Christian life and will put us in a vigilant disposition, to wait for Our Lord Jesus who is coming.

Advent calls us to prepare for the coming of Jesus Christ. True, historically speaking, Jesus Christ came some 2000 years ago, but his coming to us individually and as a community of Christian believers is not of the past. It is of the present. This is what Advent is all about. It is a time of preparation for the great feast of Christmas.

Advent is about waiting. Not for Santa, or for Christmas gifts and festivities, but for a renewed coming of Jesus into our lives. All are invited to the Advent gatherings at Carmel-on-the-Hill on the First, Second and Third Sundays of Advent to take place from 1 to 5 p.m. Dec. 1, Dec. 8 and Dec. 15 respectively.

ADVENT AT CARMEL-ON-THE-HILL

  • First Sunday of Advent, Dec. 1: “Let Us Walk in the Light”
  •  Second Sunday of Advent, Dec. 8: “Grow in the Spirit of Christ Jesus”
  •  Third Sunday of Advent, Dec. 15, “See the Goodness of the Lord.”

The gathering is from 1 to 5 p.m. at Carmel Retreat Center in Malojloj. Everyone is welcome! Info. And registration: Sister Francine, 797-0852. No fee. Donations are accepted.