In this lesson, we study the Second Coming of Christ (which is one of the focuses in Advent) as well as excerpts from Pope John XXIII, St. Bonaventure, and St. Francis Xavier as we embrace the season of Advent. St. Francis Xavier, whose feast is celebrated each year in Advent, will serve as a model for us.
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The Last Judgment
by Dutch School
Concerning the topic of Advent, Fr. Lawrence Smith said, “Advent is the time to make ready for Christ to live with us. Lent is the time to make us ready to die with Christ. Advent makes Lent possible. Lent makes salvation possible. Advent is the time when eternity approaches earth. Lent is the time when time reaches consummation in Christ's eternal Sacrifice to the Father. Advent leads to Christ's life in time on earth. Lent leads to Christ's eternal Life in Heaven. The Cross -- through the Mass, penance, and mortification -- is the bridge connecting Advent and Lent, Christ and His Church, man and God. Each of the Church's penitential seasons is a dying to the world with the goal of attaining new life in Christ.”
In the words of Pope John XXIII, “Holy Christmas is approaching. Everything in the grotto of Bethlehem is a living lesson for all who wish to live by our faith, and be faithful to it.” Perhaps no image visible in the Christmas season is more poignant than that of the Child Jesus in the manger of Bethlehm. However, it was not until the 1200s that the first Nativity Scene was created by St. Francis of Assisi. St. Bonaventure (d. 1274), writes of the event in his Life of St. Francis of Assisi:
It happened in the third year before his death, that in order to excite the inhabitants of Grecio to commemorate the nativity of the Infant Jesus with great devotion, [St. Francis] determined to keep it with all possible solemnity; and lest he should be accused of lightness or novelty, he asked and obtained the permission of the sovereign Pontiff. Then he prepared a manger, and brought hay, and an ox and an ass to the place appointed. The brethren were summoned, the people ran together, the forest resounded with their voices, and that venerable night was made glorious by many and brilliant lights and sonorous psalms of praise. The man of God [St. Francis] stood before the manger, full of devotion and piety, bathed in tears and radiant with joy; the Holy Gospel was chanted by Francis, the Levite of Christ. Then he preached to the people around the nativity of the poor King; and being unable to utter His Name for the tenderness of His love, He called Him the Babe of Bethlehem. A certain valiant and veracious soldier, Master John of Grecio, who, for the love of Christ, had left the warfare of this world, and become a dear friend of this holy man, affirmed that he beheld an Infant marvelously beautiful, sleeping in t... Please purchase this lesson to continue learning.
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