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It's not a penitential season but it IS a time to prepare for more than just Christmas

Despite what you may have heard, Advent is not a penitential season, says Fr. Mike Schmitz in this Ascension Press video. Instead, it’s a season of “devout and joyful preparation for the coming of Jesus.”

So what is it to actually be devout? And joyful, for that matter? Fr. Mike explains what these really mean and why both are so important to getting the most from Advent and having a meaningful Christmas. But guess what? Celebrating Advent isn’t just about preparing for a merry Christmas; it’s also about preparing for the second coming of Jesus. If he showed up today, would there be any room in our lives for him?

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