On November 18th I had the pleasure of visiting the annual Family Advent Adventure at St. Justin Parish in Santa Clara. Families celebrated the Sunday Eucharist and gathered in the school gym to prepare for Advent and Christmas. Tables were covered with advent chains and wreaths, prayer door hangers, Ojo de Dios ornaments, Nativity pop-ups, and festive food and drink.
Parents had an opportunity to do what they do best: teaching faith to their children. I was delighted to see the smiles of the families learning about the rich traditions of Advent and Christmas. Pope Benedict wrote in Porta Fidei, “Faith grows when it is lived as an experience of love received and when it is communicated as an experience of grace and joy.” Fitting words for my experience during the Family Advent Adventure.
I am inspired by Pope Benedict’s words: “What the world is in particular need of today is the credible witness of people enlightened in mind and heart by the word of the Lord, and capable of opening the hearts and minds of many to the desire for God and for true life, life without end.” May families sharing faith in this Advent and Christmas season serve as those enlightened in mind and heart, so that the world may bear witness. Have a blessed Advent and Christmas.
By Wendy Scherbart