Advent Reflection

Published on December 10, 2021

Advent Reflection – Gaudete (Rejoicing) Sunday

Christian joy does not mean living from laugh to laugh. No, it’s not that. Christian joy is not entertainment. No, it’s not that. It is something else. Christian joy is peace, a peace that is deeply rooted. Joy rooted in a heartfelt peace, the peace that only God can give. This is Christian joy. It is not easy to foster this joy. While there is a healthy restlessness there is another type of restlessness which is not healthy – that restlessness which seeks security above all or seeks pleasure above all. Christian joy is radically different it brings true consolation: this is our breath as Christians. (Pope Francis)