Advent and Christmas are seasons of great joy

Before the Cross - Archbishop Robert J. Carlson's Column

Lisa Johnston
Archbishop Robert J. Carlson
Last weekend we celebrated Gaudate Sunday. The Latin word gaudete means rejoice. In his letter to the Philippians, St. Paul tells us to rejoice always because the Lord is near. Christians should always be filled with joy, but we rejoice in a special way during the Advent and Christmas seasons because the Lord is near. What do we mean when we say that the Lord is near?

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